Local Environmental Programs
Many communities or community colleges offer courses in ecology, energy efficiency, waste management, and other topics that impact your life. You can take advantage of these opportunities to learn how the different systems coexist and what impacts them the most.
Many communities offer programs for their citizens to learn about different aspects of services provided in their area. You can take tours of solid waste facilities, water and wastewater treatment plants, and even power substations. Participating in these programs will enlighten you about how your city or town operates. It's likely that the tour guide may also interject some insight into funding and operational issues, providing you with some background on the politics involved as well. If your community does not offer these informal classes, consider suggesting it. Speak with city or county commissioners or even the mayor.
If you want to learn about both sides of an issue, consider taking a field trip to the wastewater treatment plant to learn where its water is discharged and the problems it faces to ensure quality. Then kayak or canoe down the same river with an environmental group and learn the impacts from the wastewater discharge.
Local parks, outfitters, environmental groups, and community colleges also offer environmental courses and programs. These can range from exploring the different ecosystems in the area, such as tidal communities, to hiking through a nature preserve to observe the wildlife in local hardwood forests.
If you have experience in promoting the environment, you can use it to teach others. Share your knowledge and passion with others and introduce them to topics they may not have known about.
If you operate a manufacturing facility that incorporates recycling, give a tour and let the public know. Not only will it educate the public on the importance of recycling, it can serve as an advertisement, too. If you are a skilled outdoors person, give a lecture or lead an expedition. It doesn't have to be complicated or dangerous, just down-to-earth and sufficient for a lay-person to enjoy and learn more.