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Posted on: September 27, 2023


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Education and environmental stewardship are key priorities for Metro Waste Authority. As part of this focus, they introducing two exciting new education initiatives – virtual reality field trips and an online simulation game.

These new initiatives support accessible, STEM-based learning and aim to expand upon Metro Waste Authority’s educational offerings to reach additional learners and get them excited about sustainability, the impact of waste, and safe, smart disposal at an early age.

Through the new virtual reality field trip program, learners can take immersive field trips to various Metro Waste Authority locations where they handle garbage, recycling, and hazardous waste from households across the region.

Kits are free for teachers in Johnston to reserve, and each virtual reality experience supports Iowa's core curriculum.

In addition to the virtual reality kits, Metro Waste Authority also created an online game that gives learners first-hand experience of the complexity of managing waste with fun simulations.

Through the EcoVille simulation game, players can navigate managing a landfill and establishing recycling programs, all while learning about local guidelines.

These two initiatives, funded by an Environmental Protection Agency grant, are new offerings to a robust education program, which includes community green talks, facility tours, educator workshops, classroom presentations, and more.

For more information about Metro Waste Authority’s education program and resources, visit, or call 515-244-0021.

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