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AMBASSADORS TO EDEN

How do we teach the next generation to be entrepreneurs
in the green sector?

Kids get it. They understand that we must figure out how to preserve precious resources by using less, recovering the resource and
using it again.

EDEN will be in the public schools teaching middle and high school children how to make a business plan for the recovery and re-use of precious resources – the stuff that we throw away.

The Ambassadors to EDEN program is designed to provide children the opportunity to create business plans, presentations, and projects which solve an environmental problem with a business solution.  The EDEN facilitators instruct participating classroom teachers to use the EDEN Curriculum to teach middle and high school students in the public school system.  The Ambassadors to EDEN curriculum is based on EDEN’s Green Circle of Life. The idea is to harness the children’s new found awareness and disseminate it into the business community.

The Ambassadors to EDEN program is designed to promote eco-efficient business models where an environmental challenge can be addressed with a business solution that creates green jobs. To incentivize the students, EDEN encourages students to compete in a contest for the best business plan. The winners will become “Ambassadors to EDEN”.  Winning entries are awarded nominal prize gift cards. Students with winning ideas will be encouraged to showcase their ideas at future EDEN events, giving them the experience in presenting and developing their ideas into actual ventures.

We envision the Ambassadors to EDEN program to serve as a Petri dish for future entrepreneurs in Delaware. We are currently seeking funding for 2013-2014 program goals.
Program Goals and Objectives
  • Promote eco-efficient thinking through the education of the next generation education green economics and sustainable business practices
  • Foster environmental awareness and stewardship
  • Develop students’ critical thinking, business plan development and decision-making skills
  • Provide students interface with the business community through presentation of projects and potential collaborative projects
  • Empower students to find solutions to environmental problems and to seek careers in eco-efficient businesses in the community
  • Introduce information resources to the community regarding renewable energy and environmental issues
  • Sponsor a recognition/awards event for new green entrepreneurs, to reward those that follow through

In EDEN’s Green Circle of Life there are six program segments: water, agriculture, transportation, consumption, waste, and treatment & reclamation within this circle model.  Students are exposed to complex economic and environmental issues, resources and sample business ideas over a course of lesson plans and work sessions in the classroom.  The EDEN facilitators and the teachers oversee students’ selection of projects for their business plans, and the research and development of the idea.

"…Nature depends on cycles to maintain life.  In nature, there are no linear flow-throughs, no situations where raw materials go in one end and garbage comes out the other.  In nature, one organism’s waste is another’s sustenance.  Nutrients are continuously cycled.  This system works. Our challenge is to emulate it in the design of the economy.”

                                 - Lester Brown writes in Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth