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What Is a Green School?

A Green School enhances student health and learning while conserving natural resources and empowering students to develop sustainable behaviors, enabling them to become the stewards of the future.

 

How do you become a Green School?

Becoming a green school is not a prescribed journey; it is a series of conscious actions that lead to more ecological and sustainable practices.  By using this “GreenPrint™” as a road map, leaders, teachers and students, can begin to implement core practices immediately.  Through long-term commitment to these core practices, schools and school districts work toward implementation of all benchmarks at the highest level.

 

Core Practice 1: Curriculum that Advances Environmental Literacy and Sustainability

  • Environmental literacy & education for sustainability, as defined by local, state, & national standards, is integrated in all grades;
  • All teachers use inquiry, problem, and project-based pedagogy to facilitate learning about global systems and relationships;
  • Outdoor experiences and fieldwork support learning about complex systems, connecting humans with other humans and all aspects of the natural world;
  • Content areas are integrated by using environmental and sustainability topics as the common theme; and
  • STEM education supports a sustainable workforce for a green economy.

Core Practice 2: Stewardship and Service Learning

  • Real world service learning projects explore solutions to local, regional, global problems and issues and teach 21century skills;
  • Stewardship projects allow the student to take responsibility for their own school grounds;
  • Place-based projects and practices that include, but are not limited to, school farms, forests, and gardens;
  • All students are given the opportunity to participate in land restoration projects, such as native eco-system or brown fields remediation; and
  • Teacher and leaders provide opportunities for students to make local and global connections.

Core Practice 3:  Sustainable Facilities Design and Management

  • Green facilities design and construction retrofit for existing buildings as defined by state, regional or national certification programs;
  • Management practices, operations, and maintenance that reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, improve indoor air quality and lighting, decrease waste stream and improve water conservation;
  • Zero-waste or reduced-waste cafeterias;
  • Use of non-toxic and eco-friendly supplies and materials; and
  • Facility managers and teacher work together to use buildings, management practices, materials and supplies purchasing to teach about sustainability.

 

Core Practice 4:  Health and Well Being

  • Healthy eating programs that utilize locally sourced and whole foods;
  • Curriculum and support for physical fitness and healthy lifestyle choices;
  • Fitness and recreation programs that include lifetime outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, biking, skiing, and camping;
  • Healthy air quality practices and lighting that reduce illness and absenteeism; and
  • Healthy and thoughtful relationships with others that support character development.

Core Practice 5:  Strong Partnerships and Networks

  • Long-term partnerships that support systemic change and ecological balance within the school and community;
  • Strong alliances among groups of diverse cultural heritage to promote the greening of schools in all communities;
  • Participation in the development of state and national green school networks;
  • Participation in research and evaluation of student learning and best green school practices; and
  • Collaboration with research-based curriculum and assessment models.

Green Schools National Network MISSION

The Green Schools National Network advances the national green and healthy schools movement by connecting like-minded and passionate education, non-profit, corporate and public sector individuals and organizations.

 

Our VISION

GSNN is nationally recognized as the premier partner in advancing collaboration to integrate a green and healthy culture in schools to ensure that current and future generation of students are environmentally literate as well as practice and promote sustainability in their community.

 

Our AREAS OF FOCUS

● Education/Professional Development          ● Resources and Information          ● Networking/Collaboration

 ● Advocacy/Policy                                   ● Research

 

 

ORGANIZATIONS CONTRIBUTING TO THE GSNN GREENPRINT DOCUMENT

Alaska Green Schools

Alliance for Climate Education
American Federation of Teachers

Association of Independent Schools

Biological Sciences Curriculum Study

BluePlanet
Campaign for Environmental Literacy

Cannon Design

Center for Diversity and the Environment
Center for Ecoliteracy
Center for Environmental Education
Climate Counts
Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
Council for Educational Facility Planners International  (CEFPI )
Cloud Institute
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
Colorado Department of Energy
Colorado League of Charter Schools
Colorado Legacy Foundation

Conserve School

Denver Public Schools

E3 Washington
Earth Day Foundation

EarthEcho

Earth Partnerships for Schools

Environmental Charter Schools – California
Expeditionary Learning Schools

Facing the Future

Global Green
Green Charter Schools Network
Green Education Alliance
Green Education Foundation
Green My Parents
Green Schools Alliance
Green Schools Initiative (CA)
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

HealthCorps
Healthy Schools Campaign

High Plains Environmental Center
Institute for the Built Environment, Colorado State University

Kansas Assoc. for Conservation & Environmental Education

Keep America Beautiful

Kokua Hawaii Foundation

Lunch Partners

MCW Energy
MGR Foundation – Green Community Schools

Maine Green Schools

Manitoba Education
Michigan Green Schools

Mid-America Regional Council

Minnesota Department of Education

National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of Independent Schools
National Association of School Administrators
National Audubon Society
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
National Education Association
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEFUSA)
National School Board Association
National Wildlife Federation
No Child Left Inside
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
Oklahoma Green Schools

Oregon Green Schools

Pine Jog Environmental Center
Place Based Education Evaluation Collaboration
Project Learning Tree – Green Schools!

SIG Energy Initiative

Sizemore Group

Sustenance International

Sustainable Schools Project

Trane

Triangle Energy Solutions

U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Green Building Council – Colorado Chapter
U.S. Green Building Council – Georgia Chapter
U.S. Green Building Council – Center for Green Schools

U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Washington Green Schools

Will Steger Foundation

Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction