“Going green” is something that many people are participating in lately in their homes, work and environment to better our planet. The is moving that belief into the classroom.
With their Green Your School Guide, you can find tons of resources including background information, teacher lesson plans and student action plans.
Their green schools campaign backs their commitment to greening all U.S. schools within a generation. By partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Clinton Foundation, they have plans to make America’s K-12 schools more sustainable. Their website and efforts provide educators and teachers with tons of tips and information on bettering their schools.
School Greening Projects
Here are some things you can do in your own school to make your learning environment greener and better.
- Installing solar panels
- Constructing edible gardens
- Installing rain barrels
- Starting compost programs
- Swapping out inefficient lighting
- Implementing recycling programs
- Revitalizing schools lunch programs
- Painting eco-themed murals
- Instituting No Idling Campaigns
- Building butterfly or rain gardens
From choosing to do some or all of these projects, your environment will benefit greatly. Here are some of the major benefits that green schools have:
- Major reductions in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions
- Enormous savings in energy costs
- Improved test scores and engagement in learning, across all core subjects
- Increased health for students and staff
- Increased attention capabilities
- Fewer teacher and student absences
For more ideas on green classroom and school tips, check out Earthday.org/education
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