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BSCSP and Keystone Center to host free climate change training seminar for Montana teachers

July 28, 2009 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- The Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership and the Keystone Center will host a free, two-day, professional training seminar in Billings on Aug. 19-20 for Montana teachers to help them learn how to teach students about climate change.

The training is titled "CSI: Climate Status Investigation." It's designed to teach middle and high school teachers new techniques to help students learn about climate change and issues related to energy use, sustainability and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

The CSI seminar is free. Meals, lodging and reimbursement for mileage (up to $100) will be provided for all enrolled participants. Continuing Education Units will be available for a minimal fee through the Colorado School of Mines.

The event will be an opportunity for teachers to receive easy-to-use climate change lesson plans that were developed using a non-biased and scientific framework. The training will incorporate innovative teaching methods, including role-playing, conflict resolution, small-group work and lab activities.

The seminar will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, and conclude the following afternoon. The event will take place in the College of Education Building, Room 323, at Montana State University-Billings.

Space at the event is limited. For more information or to register, visit www.bigskyco2.org/events/teachers_training or call 406-994-3382.

The Keystone Center, a nonprofit based in Colorado, focuses on environmental, energy and public health problems. It brings together public, private and civic leaders to discuss these issues and educate the next generation with the intellectual and social skills needed to address the questions it will face.

The Montana State University-led Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership is one of seven regional partnerships involved in the U.S. Department of Energy's carbon sequestration program. The partnership's region encompasses Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, South Dakota and the eastern parts of Washington and Oregon.

The partnership engages in carbon sequestration research and development; economic and regulatory analyses; public education and outreach; and regional demonstration projects to deploy new technologies. The partnership includes participatory efforts from national laboratories, universities, private research institutions, government agencies and Native American tribes.

Contact: Kimi Nygaard at 406-994-3382 or kimi.nygaard@montana.edu