Become Green - Green Tips At School

Everyone on campus including students, teachers and administrators can pitch in to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Collectively they can make a significant positive impact on the environment and promote environmental awareness. Here’s some helpful ideas you can implement in your place of learning:

- Science – Check out the climate change kids site. It’s very informative and includes games that help students, teachers, and parents alike to learn more about the science of climate change and what they can do personally to contribute positively to the environment.

- Let High School Students Investigate – High school students can research and observe the direct link between their everyday activities at school and greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA offers a handy Climate Change Emissions Calculator Kit that can be used to not only learn about climate change, but to actually figure out one’s school’s particular greenhouse gas emissions and better understand methods of mitigating the climate impact of one’s school. Students then have access to detailed information of climate-change causes, impacts, and science. They’re also given the ability to produce an emission inventory and action plan which they can then submit to their school district. School’s that qualify as top performers are eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR.

- Going Green at the College Level – College students can also play a pivotal role in the reduction of greenhouse gasses at their respective colleges or universities. Most methods that can be applied in the home can also be applied in the dorm room. By working with school administrators, students can also work to increase energy efficiency on campus.

- Teaching About Climate Change and Ecosystems – The younger the age at which a child is introduced to the importance of environmental responsibility, the more likely they are to become active participants. With the EPA’s Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Teachers and Interpreters, students can learn about climate change and it’s potentially harmful effects on wildlife.

- Get Middle School Students Involved – By using the EPA’s Global Warming Wheel Card Classroom Activity Kit, you can enhance the critical thinking skills of your students, while simultaneously showing them the vast contributions to Global Warming that are made daily and teaching them how to reduce them. They will also learn to encourage others to reduce.

- Borrow from other Educators – Check out what other schools are implementing to educate their students and communities and see if it would be valuable if applied at your school. The EPA has a great resource called Educators’ links.

- Estimate Emissions – Administrators can take a huge step in the green direction by developing an inventory of their school’s emissions, and also by taking the EPA’s 2006 College and University Green Power Challenge.

- Save the Environment Along With the Budget – Schools that are ranked the lowest in the efficiency department typically use three times more energy than the best energy performing schools. In conjunction with the EPA’s ENERGY STAR for K-12 program and their Portfolio Manager, administrators can rate and track the energy performance of school buildings, and make adjustments accordingly.