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Frost Science Museum and Sustainable Design


4 hours of Professional Development 
2 hours Face to Face,2 hours post-workshop assignment

Facilitated by Frost Science Museum Staff        

The need for sustainable design and resilient infrastructure is becoming more and more apparent in this era of increasing threats due to climate change. Miami is widely recognized to be one of the most vulnerable areas of the United States to sea level rise. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum was designed with this in mind, and serves as a model of practical applications of sustainable design. Participants in this workshop will experience the power of understanding how we affect the environment, how it affects us, and how innovation can lead to a prosperous and sustainable future. The innovative design, construction and operation of the museum will serve as the real life classroom for participants to gain hands-on knowledge of sustainable design components including site, materials, water, and energy. Note - The museum was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.


-Identify connections between people and the built environment, as related to environmental sustainability


-Summarize sustainability design/practices to be implemented in order to obtain a LEED Gold/Platinum Certification


-Categorize green practices from simple ideas to complicated systems based on key site components, including grounds, materials, water and energy systems


-Apply examples of green innovation to their own lives and those of their students


-Design collaborative opportunities for students and faculty to interact with the Museum’s resiliency initiatives

-Plan to introduce students to the Museum and its resources

-Develop a GSELS  curriculum component


Evaluation will include completion of workshop and participant must develop a discipline specific lesson plan or course module that explores the relationship between human and environment in  interdisciplinary, innovative, solutions that positively impact the community. Assignment is due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the workshop, and lesson plans or course modules will be posted on the Earth Ethics Institute webpage.


Dr. Angela Colbert is Director of Science Communication at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.  Dr. Colbert develops and manages all science communication efforts, working with scientists, staff, interns and volunteers to ensure they express the most accurate and up-to-date scientific information to the public. She also works with visiting speakers to hone their message to specific audiences, and runs the Science Communication Program, which trains scientists how to share their research with diverse audiences, tell the story of their discoveries and develop hands-on activities based on their research. Additionally, Colbert coordinates the development of programs to engage the public and school students, including community-partnered signature events. Colbert received her Ph.D. in meteorology and physical oceanography from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, where her research focused on how climate change impacts hurricanes, and previously received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics education from the University of Central Florida.



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