Why Green Schools?
One in five people who live in the United States—55 million children, teachers, administrators, nurses and janitors—spend their days in K–12 schools. Schools can, and should, provide a healthy environment for students and staff, promote sustainable practices, and teach students to be responsible stewards of their community, the earth and its resources.
What is a Green School?
A Green School integrates and uses clean conservation practices on school grounds, and creates a healthier, happier, and smarter student body. Greening a school is done on a school-wide basis, by the teachers and students themselves. Through hands-on service learning activities, 5 investigations guide students and teachers through actions that address academic standards and institute long-term changes to improve the health of the school, often while saving money! Click here to read more about a model GreenSchool in South Carolina.
What are the components of the GreenSchools Program?
How Do We Start?
It takes five steps to become a PLT GreenSchool!:
Get PLT Training: www.plt.org
Form a PLT GreenSchools! Team: www.pltgreenschools.org
- Complete PLT GreenSchools! Investigations
- Take Action to Improve Your School’s Environment
- Share Your Results, Celebrate Success!
While any teacher can use the investigations, to be recognized as a ‘Green School,” you need complete all five of PLT's GreenSchools! Investigations.