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Sign the Principal's Go Green Pledge!
If you need a copy of the Principal's Go Green Pledge, you can download it by clicking here.
Please email your photo/pledge to the GSI Coordinator.
Below is a list of all schools where the Principal signed the Go Green Pledge!
Schools that are not bold have not submitted their pledge.
The Green Challenge
Series is back for 2013-2014!
By taking on monthly sustainability
challenges, your school will save money, reduce its impact on the environment,
and improve the everyday experience for students and staff in your building. In
addition to the monthly challenges, ambitious schools can take on extra credit
challenges. The challenges are presented by month, but they can be
completed anytime. If your school completes at least 8 of the 18 total
challenges by April 30, 2014, it will be rewarded with a 2013-2014 Green
Challenge Series banner.
The challenges are listed on a downloadable
tracker: click here to download a copy for your
school. Each school should use one of these to track its progress throughout
the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year, starting immediately. In addition,
this website provides details about completing each of the challenges, as well
as tips, advice, and resources.
Ask your principal to publicly
commit to participate in the 2013-2014 Green Challenge Series. For example,
your principal can publicize his or her commitment during the morning
announcements, or your principal's commitment can be featured on the homepage
of your school's website.
It may be a good idea to post a copy
of the Green Challenge Series tracker in your office or classroom so that it is
regularly visible to you, other staff, and students. Additionally, District
Operational Services is supplying each school with one poster-size version to
December 2013: Green
This category has two challenges:
1. Expand your Green Team to include
students, teachers, and other staff
2. Have at least one team meeting
before winter recess
Additional information for this
January 2014: Cafeteria Recycling
Strategize and eventually implement
a cafeteria recycling plan. If your school already has a cafeteria recycling
plan, identify ways you could improve the current system during the course of
the next several months.
Resources for this challenge: Please
go here to see the District's website for
cafeteria recycling resources.
February 2014: Paper-Free Day
Conduct a paper-free day in which no
printing or copying occurs.
March 2014: Incandescent
1. Have students locate all
incandescent bulbs in the school
2. Replace all of them with CFLs or
Resources and additional information
for this challenge:
April 2014: Awareness and Recognition
1. Have students create an entryway
display (e.g. poster) that showcases the school's ENERGY STAR rating.
2. Have students recognize a Green
custodian or kitchen staff member
Additional information for this
Here is a list of extra credit
1. Have students check to make sure
all light switches and computer monitors have reminder stickers. Contact the GSI Coordinator if your school needs new or more stickers.
2. Create an Energy Patrol Team of
students to perform energy checkups of unoccupied classrooms and offices.
Patrol the school weekly and track your school's performance over time.
3. If your cafeteria is already
collecting recyclable milk bottles and juice boxes, begin collecting metal cans
and plastic containers.
4. Have students post the
appropriate recycling sign on or above every recycling container in the school.
5. Participate in disposable tray
stacking to reduce the volume of cafeteria waste.
6. Determine a monthly copy paper
allowance for teachers. Have at least five teachers test this copy paper
allowance by tracking their usage and reward these teachers for participating.
7. Have a group of students
regularly check the school for faucets and drinking fountains that are left on
8. Commit to watering lawns,
gardens, and flower beds only between the hours of 2am to 7am.
9. Have students involve and/or
serve the community in a sustainability or environmental project (Note: Earth
Day is April 22, Arbor Day is April 25).
10. Distribute recycling bins to
students who want to recycle at home.
Resources to help you complete the
extra credit challenges:
Thank you for your interest in the
Green Challenge Series! If you have questions or need help, please don't
hesitate to contact the GSI Coordinator.