Curriculum Development

Powdermill Nature Reserve

Powdermill Nature ReserveIn 2005, Powdermill Nature Reserve and the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering were awarded a grant by the Mascaro Center to develop a science-based sustainability curriculum using green and sustainable technologies found in the new Powdermill Headquarters Building.

This project, with the primary investigators Robert J. Ries, Ph.D. and Theresa Gay Rohall, has become Sustainable Powdermill.  The curriculum includes lessons in Wastewater Biology and Management, Materials, Energy, and Design.

This collaborative effort included input from engineers and professionals from the sustainable building community as well as educators from Powdermill and private and public schools.  All lessons address the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Environment & Ecology and Science & Technology.  Classes using this unique curriculum will be offered during fall 2008.  For more information, visit 

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