Litter and dumpsite prevention through education.
Environmental education can be overwhelming for any learner. Allegheny CleanWays strives to ensure that our discussion of environmental impacts of illegal dumping and littering on the environment does not leave students feeling hopeless and unable to act/make changes. Instead we focus our efforts on activities and lessons that lead to lifelong behavior and attitude changes about the environment.
Our curriculum encourages students to Notice, Question, and Act.
Notice: We want students to notice their environment. Through our discussions about watersheds, litter, and illegal dumping we hope to empower students to engage with the world around them and notice what is happening in their environment.
Question: After students are engaged with noticing the environment around them, our goal is to have them begin to question the things that are discussed and noticed by them.
Act: The other goal of our education is to have students produce actionable solutions that are realistic for them.
Watershed Education & Service-Learning
These programs – provided at schools and events hosted by other groups – address the consequences of a degraded watershed, how each citizen unwittingly contributes to the problem, and how each person can be part of the solution.
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival
An annual event co-sponsored with PA Resources Council with the goal of encouraging citizen action to address environmental issues, as well as raise awareness about and funds for both organizations.
Events & Appearances
These opportunities provide a way to educate a larger audience about the magnitude of the pollution problem caused by litter and illegal dumping, who ACW is and how they address the problem, and how individuals and/or local governments can address the problem.
Allegheny CleanWays values opportunities to share our information with the public at community fairs and other outreach events. Volunteers are needed to staff outreach events, share program information with the public, enroll volunteers, and educate visitors.
These are frequently weekend commitments involving 2-4 hours.