The in-house team at SSC is working from home today because our local schools are closed. If you're a parent, you are probably familiar with the dreaded "teacher in-service days" when the kids are home and very little gets done!
While we're off making snacks and enriching the lives of the next generation of sustainability superheros, we thought we'd share some of our favorite resources for you to utilize during the downtime- organizations and initiatives that will help you locate the intersection of school and sustainability:
Green Schools Initiative - The Green Schools Initiative was founded in 2004 by parent-environmentalists who were shocked by how un-environmental their kids' schools were, and they mobilized to improve the environmental health and ecological sustainability of schools in the U.S. They believe it is essential to protect children's health - at school and in the world beyond school - and they work to catalyze and support "green" actions by kids, teachers, parents, and policymakers to reduce the environmental footprint of schools by: eliminating toxins, using resources sustainably, creating green schoolyards and buildings, serving healthy food and teaching environmental literacy and stewardship.
Green Schools - Green Schools is a leading 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization organized for Environmental Education [EE] & Environmental Literacy purposes. Green Schools’ mission is to create Greener & healthier learning environments through Environmental Education, Awareness, and Action! Green Schools provide a number of Hands-on, Environmental Education/STEM-based programs and resources to help students, schools [K-16], and communities make The Green Difference!
The Center for Green Schools - An outgrowth of the USGBC, The Center for Green Schools was established to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable and healthy places to live, learn, work and play. We believe that everyone, from the kindergartner entering the classroom to the Ph.D. student performing research in a lab, should have the ability to learn in green buildings. The Center works directly with teachers, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to create programs, resources and partnerships that transform all schools into healthy learning environments.
Project Learning Tree - Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12. PLT's GreenSchools! program provides a set of tools for students to analyze data and design a student-driven project to cut your school's costs, improve student health and nutrition, teach STEM subjects, civic engagement, and skills for the careers of the future.
The Green Schools Alliance - Uniquely created by schools for schools, the GSA is a global network of schools represented by Sustainability Coordinators -- faculty, staff. students, administrators and others -- working together to solve climate and conservation challenges. GSA Member Schools share and implement sustainable best practices, and promote connections between schools, communities, and the environments that sustain them. They do this by: creating Peer-to-Peer forums; exchanging resources; offering original programs and curriculum developed by Member Schools' goals, vision and experience; and connecting youth to nature. GSA schools set and meet goals, and quantify progress. They coordinate governance, operations and curriculum to advance sustainability.
What are your favorite resources for sustainability in K-12 schools? Leave a comment below, or join the conversation on Twitter!