NextGen Environmental Education Program

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Created December 20, 2018
The Challenge

Environmental sustainability is today’s and tomorrow’s challenge. Schools in both the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest global greenhouse gas emitters, are active in teaching our next generation (NextGen) about environmental stewardship. 

The nature of this challenge is not best thought of in terms of ‘think globally, act locally,' it is best thought of 'think and act locally AND globally.'  That is what our program does.  We help students and families with environmental stewardship in their own backyards while connecting them to share experience with students and families on the other side of the world. 

Our Solution


We bring U.S. and Chinese students together collaboratively to consider the global dimension of the challenge in their respective localities. More specifically, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Greater Philadelphia (USA) and Baiyangdian in Greater Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (PRC).


We are offering students a two-stage experiential program: Stage I involving digital tools (i.e. virtual classroom collaboration) and Stage II involving face-to-face, hands-on learning.

Stage I: Heart of the Tiger, Soul of the Crane

Heart of the Tiger, Soul of the Crane is an educational program designed to help schools fire the imaginations -- and empower the actions -- of their students in the area of environmental stewardship. 

The HTSC Program supplements standard wetlands study and field excursions locally with a two-week virtual classroom collaboration involving students from local schools and from China.

Stage II:  Summer IMPACT Leadership Exchange

A two-week, high-impact experiential learning program that prepares students in secondary schools for leadership in sustainability at local, bi-national and global levels. The initial cohort will involve bringing (rising and current) high-school students from China to engage with local students.

The main pillar is Sustainability Leadership Fieldwork Project – a 2-day, outdoor program focusing on watershed/wetlands-focused sustainability (e.g. aquaponics, sponge city) and ecosystem-based management (Delaware River Watershed). 

Who and When:

We are partnering with 3 area high schools in Greater Philadelphia to pilot a next generation curriculum toolkit launching academic year 2019-20. 

Main Objectives:

Through their participation in above-mentioned programs, students  experience directly:
- How innovative ideas transcend time, culture & space
- How collaborative action is greater than the sum of its parts
- How micro-local stewardship actions bind together the global environment


Q: Why the Refuge and Baiyangdian? 

Both John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum (the Refuge) and Baiyangdian Wetland Reserve are national-level marsh ecosystems surrounded by highly-urbanized landscape. They are vital “lungs" for the respective regions, i.e. Philadelphia and Baoding, both of which have suffered from decades of industrial pollution. 

Both ecosystems are home to protected and endangered animal species, both year-round and migratory bird species to mammals in close proximity to highly-urbanized landscapes.

Both ecosystems present opportunities to empower underserved communities, and our programs can help address social and environmental inequalities through a global connection:

-In Philadelphia, the Heinz Wildlife Refuge has been addressing such issues locally through Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship, or Philly’s NESt, Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. It's is a multifaceted community engagement program, which includes innovative hands-on programming at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, schools and neighborhoods, engaging Philadelphians in conservation action. About 1.7 million people live within 10 miles of the refuge and more than 35 million Americans live within a 2-hours drive.

-In China, Baiyangdian is at the heart of Xiongan New Area, the commercial engagement center for the largest and ‘greenest’ national development zone eclipsing both Shenzhen (near Hong Kong) and Pudong (Shanghai). Xiongan New Area sits at the center of Jing-Jin-Ji (JJJ), which stands for Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei. Historically, Hebei province has borne the brunt of industrial development while Beijing and Tianjin have gaining the benefit. JJJ, a megacity/regional cluster 16 times the size of the Delaware Valley and home to 100 million people, is becoming the poster child for China's new models of inclusive economic development ("NOLB") and green industrial development. 

About CPGP and PHL Green IMPACT

Founded in July 2011, China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia (CPGP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes business collaboration — primarily on clean technology— between the U.S. and China with particular attention to the Greater Philadelphia and Tianjin regions.

PHL Green IMPACT is administered by China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia. As a DBA affiliate of CPGP, PHL Green IMPACT is the entity responsible for purely local environmental initiatives at the backyard, community/school, city/county and regional levels within Greater Philadelphia 11-county region and throughout the Delaware River Watershed. 

Want to join us in making a difference? Any donation will help make impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause.

With warm holiday wishes for a peaceful, sustainable and joyful future!

The CPGP Team
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$80 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 2 months
Created December 20, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia
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