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Green Schools Highlights

Young children in a classroom.

Encouraging and implementing environmentally friendly practices at schools is important and can be done in a variety of ways. Whether it is retrofitting an older building with new green technologies, starting a recycling program, implementing green cleaning or packing a waste-free lunch, parents, students, teachers and administrators can all play a role.


Green Schools Awards — The program recognizes efforts of students, teachers and school administrators who create healthy, efficient and productive learning environments that enhance education and model cost saving practices and design.

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Green Schools Guide — A curriculum based Newspaper in Education document created to help Florida schools implement and teach environmentally friendly practices.

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Green Cleaning in Schools — Green Clean Schools is the Healthy Schools Campaign's national partnership to promote green cleaning in America's schools. The initiative brings together the cleaning industry, educational leaders, parents and advocates in a rapidly growing Green Team whose mission is to encourage schools to adopt environmentally friendly policies, practices and products. A free green cleaning guide is available to help start green cleaning at school.

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Young children in a classroom.

Waste-Free Lunch — A waste-free lunch involves using less packing and buying reusable instead of disposable products. EPA provides great resources on how to pack a waste-free lunch and even how to encourage the whole school to be waste-free.

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Dream in Green — Dream in Green is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and implement programs that promote energy conservation and efficiency, environmental sustainability and the use of renewable energy. Dream in Green builds partnerships with schools, local governments and businesses for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste and reliance on fossil fuels. Programs emphasize education and behavior change.

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Green Schools Initiative — The Green Schools Initiative was founded in 2004 by parent-environmentalists concerned by how un-environmental their kids’ schools were and mobilized to improve the environmental health and ecological sustainability of schools in the U.S. The Green Schools Initiative believes it is essential to protect children's health ­ at school and in the world beyond school ­ and works to catalyze and support green actions by kids, teachers, parents and policymakers to eliminate toxics, use resources sustainably, create green spaces and buildings, serve healthy food and teach stewardship.

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US Green Building Council Member Seal

USGBC Build Green Schools — Across the United States, school districts large and small are realizing the benefits of building with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Schools. Students, parents, teachers and community members are making the difference, by letting elected officials know they want their schools built green. Green schools cost less to operate, freeing up resources to truly improving students’ education. Their carefully planned acoustics and abundant daylight make it easier and more comfortable for students to learn. Their clean indoor air cuts down sick days and gives children a head start for a healthy, prosperous future. Their innovative design provides a wealth of hands-on learning opportunities.

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Last updated: January 04, 2011

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