Episode 110: The Great Outdoors

Original Airdate: 
Monday, December 9, 2013 - Sunday, December 15, 2013
Next Airdate: 
Monday, April 7, 2014 - Sunday, April 13, 2014

Eco Company goes hiking to enjoy fresh air and the great outdoors. Hiking gives you a great appreciation for the hills, trees, plants, streams, lakes and wildlife. And speaking of plants, we visit the Joint Bio Energy Institute...a place where high tech scientists are working to change the future of fuel. They're working to unlock nature's secrets to create plant based biofuels to replace fossil fuels. Jordan gets a lesson in photo synthesis and sugar polymers as she learns more about the process.

Then it's a visit to nature's classroom. Adam reports on an outdoor program where high school students become the teachers working with 4th graders. It's a trip to the local river where the subject matter is river ecology. The student teachers plan the lessons and teach with passion, and the fourth grade students learn with hands on experience.

Then we take a side trip to the mall in search of green products. And Jordan has found just the place. It's a store run by the non-profit group Teens Turning Green. From cosmetics, to school supplies, to furnishing your bedroom, everything in this store is good for you and good for the planet. For this group of dedicated teens it's all about educating their peers on staying healthy by living green 24/7...and they are telling manufacturers and lawmakers too!!

Finally we find a high school class testing the waters...we mean really testing the waters...of local lakes & streams. They take their class outdoors to conduct tests on the water in a local pond that eventually flows into the ocean.