DALLAS – Taking the classroom outdoors, Luminant recently hosted its sixth annual Environmental Awareness Day at Big Brown Power Plant and Mines, helping nearly 200 Teague ISD fourth- and fifth-graders gain a greater understanding of the link between energy and the environment.
Held at the company park near Fairfield Lake, students attended hands-on seminars, enhancing their wildlife, soil identification and land reclamation knowledge. Nine workshop stations, led by various environmental groups and agencies, helped students boost their understanding of our natural resources, their role in energy production and the importance of environmental stewardship.
"We look forward to this event each year because it's a unique learning opportunity that promotes awareness and education of our natural environment with students here in our local communities,” said Maggie Bonds, Big Brown Mine environmental specialist. "These students will one day be our future leaders, and it's important that they have a solid understanding of environmental stewardship.”
For educators, this activity also plays a critical role in helping reinforce classroom and standardized testing concepts.
"This workshop complements concepts that the students are learning in the classroom as part of the TEKS curriculum and concepts that they need to use for the fifth-grade STAAR test,” said Heather Stuver, Teague ISD fourth-grade science teacher. "Many of the kids learn best through a hands-on approach to education and this activity gives students direct access to learn about our natural resources.”
Luminant's environmental team and five partnering agencies – Freestone County AgriLife Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas Forest Service and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department – provided instructors for all nine workshop stations.
This educational event is just one of many that illustrate the company's continued dedication to environmental excellence. To read more about Luminant's environmental legacy, visit our Environmental Stewardship and Environmental Education fact sheets.
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Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp., is a competitive power generation business, including mining, wholesale marketing and trading, and development operations. Luminant has more than 15,400 megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is also one of the largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in Texas and the nation. EFH is a Dallas-based energy holding company that has a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries, primarily in Texas. Visit http://www.luminant.com/ or http://www.energyfutureholdings.com/ for additional information.