Teaching Pollution Prevention

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Contact andrew.goldstein@erie.gov or call 858-2162
for more information

Our Google Drive containing all Teacher Resources and Curriculum Worksheets can be found by <clicking here> 

 Teaching Students about Plastic Pollution 

By using art projects and a developed S.T.E.A.M. curriculum, teachers can engage their students to understand their role in pollution prevention. "I am the Solution..." is the message, with the Art Projects and the Science Museum Exhibition set to motivate students to take creative approaches to understand their impact on the natural environment.

A broad coalition of educators and organizations have gathered resources to provide interested teachers a program on plastic pollution education into their classrooms.

You are invited to join this unique and exciting program.

2018-19 Art and Science Projects for K-12 Students: 

Students will use art and science to tell a story about plastic bags and their effect on our waterways and wildlife.

Students can choose to:

· Use plastic bags to create an art/craft piece or sculpture

· Using a video camera or phone, create a one-minute video examining plastic bags and the harm they pose to the natural environment, or

· Paint a Rain Barrel to help promote water protection

WNY teachers: Professional Development Day 

Teacher Development Day

America Recycles Day!
November 15, 2018  
Where: Buffalo Zoo

Who:  WNY Teachers , K-12 


Dr. Sherri A. Mason
SUNY Fredonia Professor of Chemistry, 
Chair, Department of Geology & Environmental Sciences, renowned for her work on Plastic Pollution and the Great Lakes ecosystem and selected as a 2016 EPA Environmental Champion.

During this Professional Development

Teachers were lead through discussions about the science of recycling and stormwater pollution prevention; how to engage students in a creative path to learn how they can make a difference.


“I love that the students have so much ownership in the

activities and gives them a creative outlet for their ideas.”


“The information session was amazing.  I learned so much and am excited to pass the learning on to my students.”


For program information, please contact:

Andrew Goldstein                                                 

Erie County Dept. of Environment and Planning        
Recycling Coordinator                                            
(716) 858-2162                                                      



 2019 Opening Celebration and Exhibition:  

The best of the student artwork, rain barrels, and videos will be celebrated at the 

May 5th, 2019 Art Opening

followed by a weeks-long Art Exhibition at the Buffalo Museum of Science.


Funding provided in part by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Any opinions, findings, and/or interpretations of data contained herein are the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations or policy of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the State.