Trained staff from
Pinellas County Utilities are available to visit your
classroom. Our presentations are approved by the Pinellas County School Board and are listed in the Speakers Bureau Directory. Speakers can
tailor their message to reinforce a particular class
curriculum. With the conservation presentation, students receive informational materials
and a promotional item.
Our presentations are:
• Keyed to Florida Sunshine State Standards
• Dynamic and interactive
• Grade specific (K-12 available)
• Approximately one hour in length (can be adjusted)
TO SCHEDULE A SPEAKER
• Waste reduction or recycling: e-mail
• Water conservation: e-mail Please note that scheduling is based on staff availability.
WASTE REDUCTION TOPICS No Such Place As AWAY! - Ever wonder what happens to your trash after you throw it away? Find out exactly where trash (solid waste) goes in Pinellas County, and the environmentally sound methods used for handling all types of solid waste. Explore the County's Waste-to-Energy facility, sanitary landfill, yard waste-to-mulch program, Household Electronics & Chemical Collection Center (HEC3) and recycling programs. Learn how you can help “close the loop” by practicing the "3Rs" (reduce, reuse, and recycle).
WATER CONSERVATION TOPICS Saving
Water is a Blast (elementary school students)
- Find out where drinking water comes from in Pinellas
County, what the hydrologic cycle is and why it's so important,
and how you can save water every day. Learn the differences
between drinking water, reclaimed water and wastewater.
The presentation includes an information session, educational
game (time permitting) and activity book.
Water, Water: What's All This About Water? (middle
or high school students) - Get an overview of the basics
concerning drinking water including sources, testing, treatment
and distribution. Learn about the successful water conservation
programs administered by Pinellas County Utilities, and
how you can help. SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS
Our waste reduction and water conservation presentations
adhere to Florida Sunshine State Standards, as shown:
Uses new vocabulary that is introduced and taught directly.
Relates new vocabulary to prior knowledge.
Listens carefully and understands directions for performing tasks.
Listens attentively to speakers and takes notes as needed.
Asks questions of speakers, using appropriate tone and eye contact.
Big Idea 6: Identifies resources available in Florida and the impact humans have had on Earth.
Big Idea 7: Recognizes that the ocean is an integral part of the water cycle and is connected to reservoirs via evaporation and precipitation.
Big Idea 8: Identifies properties and common uses of water in each of its states.
Big Idea 17: Interdependence of humans and the environment.
SC.1-2.L.17.1; SC.4.L.17.4; SC.912.L.17.11; SC.912.L.17.14; SC.912.L.17.18
Geography: Standard 1 - World in spatial terms
SS.6.G.1.2, SS.7.G.3.1, SS.8.G.3.2
Geography: Standard 2 - Physical characteristics of places
SS.K.G.2.1, SS.1.G.1.1, SS.2.G.1.1, SS.3.G.1.1, SS.4.G.1.1, SS.5.G.1.1
Geography: Standard 3 - Relationship between Earth and population
Geography: Standard 5 - Environmental Impact
Civics and political participation
SS.K.C.1.1, SS.1.C.2.3, SS.2.C.2.2, SS.3.C.2.1, SS.4.C.2.2, SS.5.C.2.5, SS.7.C.2.3,