Welcome to Irving YES!
IrvingYES (Youth for Environmental Sustainability) is an environmental education program targeting students, faculty and staff of high schools, colleges and universities in the Irving area. The program started in September, 2010 with the City of Irving receiving program development funds from the State of Texas via the North Central Texas Council of Governments. This funding allowed for the creation and implementation of curriculum, a website and educational tools based on sustainability concepts and activities. Learn more about IrvingYES’ history.
Since the inception of the program, IrvingYES has remained a dynamic program consisting of hands-on demonstrations, lectures, and tours to help stimulate interest and discussion about environmental sustainability among young leaders. Students involved in IrvingYES are driven by enthusiasium and passion to bring innovative environmental practices to their campuses. IrvingYES strives to continue to attract these students and peak the interests of more youth to environmental issues and encourage participation as individuals, groups and teams to stimulate sustainable program development throughout Irving’s higher educational system.
Where should you begin? Start with becoming familiar with the IrvingYES website. This is a great “go tool” as you further your knowledge about environmental impacts on our planet. Web users will find the “Eco-Studies” particularly helpful as this section is curriculum-based with topic specific discussions as well as activities. Additionally, IrvingYES participants have access to relavent links, current news coverage about eco-issues located on the “IrvingYES Daily News” and can explore opportunities to get involved by investigating “Events” around the metroplex.
As the IrvingYES program continues to grow, new environmental features, topics and activities are added. Below are the latest additions to the program:
IrvingYES quarterly meetings Students have an opportunity to meet quarterly to share experiences, ideas and communicate ways to expand campus green teams and further eco-initiatives.
Eco-Movies are available for check-out for use at the schools only (not for personal use). Complete the check-out form and submit.
Get Involved is designed for students needing volunteer hours.
Social marketing tools have been created for students to use for peer to peer contact about these environmental issues. The “Each One, Teach One” approach allows IrvingYES participants to engage fellow students through media they are accustomed to using. Students are encouraged to spread the word about IrvingYES and share information about sustainability and the benefits of environmental stewardship.
This website is open and available for all to view, learn and share.