WHAT IS A GREEN SCHOOL?
A school that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.
See what makes a school green with the Center for Green School's Virtual Tour
YOUR SCHOOL IS A TOOL
You know your school inside and out. You can use this to your advantage, regardless of whether you are a student, teacher or parent. You can show others that sustainability is relevant and important to the school and the community. Talk to your school leadership, facility director and PTA to find out where your school stands on sustainability. The answers will tell you what you need to know to get started in greening your school.
START WHERE YOU ARE
After you discover how much attention your school is placing on sustainability, you will know where to start. Teachers can include the school in an environmental lesson or offer assistance in a green club. Students can do a project for the school. Parents can plug into a PTA committee or a green team. Maybe you need to start a group. Discussing sustainability with others can help you build support and discover talents and resources in your school community that may be helpful in implementing change.
FIND A PROJECT
Once you know how green your school is, you can start taking action! You'll need a team of people, so talking with student organizations, the PTA and the school administration are the best places to begin. Ask your student government, service club, key club, green club, science club, etc. what they are doing to green your school. Join an existing project or start your own!
We have compiled a list of helpful resources for teachers to guide you in your lesson and project planning here.
ENCOURAGE STUDENT COMPETITIONS
The students can help bring change to their schools and build their own skills and confidence by advising a project.
Green YOUR School Competition
HPHS challenges high school and technical college students to implement sustainability projects at their schools through its Green Your School (GYS) Competition. Students present their projects at the Career Expo in Atlanta, and the winners receive recognition and great prizes! Form your team now!
Green Cup Challenge
This national contest, sponsored by the Green Schools Alliance , challenges students to reduce waste and air pollution through its Recycling and Energy Challenges.
The Clean Air Campaign challenges students to reduce air pollution by choosing clean modes of transportation. Students enter video and art competitions and track clean commutes (walking, biking, carpooling, bus riding) to school to earn Air Creds and win cool prizes.