Sunday, May 8, 2011

Take the Zero Foot Print Challenge

Project Learning Tree GreenSchools

Nat'l Wildlife Federation EcoSchools (Eco Schools is International! NWF is the US host)

Earth Day Network

Green Schools Initiative t

Green Schools National Network (primary focus)


Statistics on how unhealthy our schools are:  The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) and the EPA have great sites that have statistics, reports, ideas for schools, etc.

Christina Stallings Roberson, Education/Project Learning Tree Coordinator, Oklahoma Forestry Services, (405) 522-6158


· Project Learning Tree Green Schools Program:
· U.S.G.B.C. Green Schools 101:
· Green Schools Alliance:
· U.S. Green Schools Foundation:
· Global Green U.S.A. Green Schools Initiative (with Jake Gyllenhaal):
· AFT Road Map to Green & Sustainable Schools:
· E-Chalk Green Calculator:
· Healthy Schools Campaign:
· Education Reporting:
· Green Schools Initiative 7 Steps to Greening Your School:
· National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Eco-Schools:


· U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network: The New Guide to Operating and Maintaining EnergySmart Schools:
· Alliance to Save Energy, Green Schools - Using Energy Efficiency to Strengthen Schools (Students Leading the Way):
· U.S. EPA Energy Star™ for Schools (Top performing ENERGY STAR labeled schools cost forty cents per square foot less to operate than the average performers. Energy Star recognition is available – Recognition Section of this site.)
· ASHRAE Advanced Energy Guide for K-12 Schools:
· U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Building, Technology, State and Community Programs, How to Guide: Maximize Energy Savings in School Buildings:


· USEPA EnergyStar for Kids:
· EnergyNet, Energy Efficiency Curriculum and Resource Materials for Schools:
· U.S. Dept. of Energy—Get Smart about Energy:
· Project Learning Tree (PLT) “Energy & Society” (To order, contact state PLT coordinator, 405-522-6158.)
· Energy Explained, an energy website by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is full of graphs, data, and scientific information that can add depth to high school curricula in Science, Math, or Social Studies.
· OG&E—“Living Wise” Program: / or call 405.553.3597.
· OG&E Online Kids Korner:
· National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Online Climate Classroom (Lesson Plans / Kids / Teens)
· Teaching About Climate Change – Cool Schools Tackle Global Warming, Green Teacher:
· (Sample lessons online here:
· Oklahoma Windpower Initiative (OWPI) curriculum guide:


· American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) Water Wiser Water Audit Software (free download):
· U.S. EPA Region 10, Water Conservation Tips for Schools:
· National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Water Conservation Resources:
· “Every Drop Counts!” Water Conservation Checklist for Schools:
· WaterWiser: the Water Efficiency Clearinghouse- Calculate water leak amounts:
· EPA Low Impact Development (solutions for storm water run-off include green roofs, rain gardens and rainwater catchment): (9-minute online video:


· OK Project WET (curriculum correlated to OK PASS skills:
· Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) OK Water Data:
· (includes Virtual Wetlands Tour, Interactive Maps, OK Water Atlas, OK Water Tour, OK Water Facts, and more)
· OK Water Watch lake monitoring (temporarily inactive, but some resources are available here:
· OK Blue Thumb stream monitoring program/education & training for students & teachers:
· EPA Teaching Resources for Water:
· EPA Groundwater Primer:
· Water Environmental Federation (WEF) K-12 Curriculum:
· Green Teacher lessons:


· U.S. EPA WasteWise Program - Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools:
· School Recycling Implementation Plan: Find other relevant information here in the Oklahoma Recycling Association (OKRA) School Resources Section
· Illinois Greening Schools Waste Reduction:
· How to Start and Sustain A School or Business Recycling Program:
· Cornell Waste Management Institute:
· Connecticut School Composting Manual:

· The EPA’s green procurement site is designed to assist procurement officials in smart purchasing decisions. Take advantage of online training to understand the full range of purchasing opportunities: bus_purchasing_key_benefits#online; Review case studies and the key benefits of purchasing ENERGY STAR-qualified products: ?c=bulk_purchasing.bus_purchasing_key_benefits#case_studies
· U.S. General Services Administration, Environmental Products and Services Guide:
· Green Seal, Product Recommendations:
· U.S. EPA, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing:
· Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (MN), Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide:
· Buy Recycled Business Alliance, Growing a Buy Recycled Purchasing Program: A Manager’s Guide:

· DEQ “Food for Thought-Best Management Practices for Food Handling Facilities”:
· Inform Inc., Waste at Work: Prevention Strategies for the Bottom Line, Food Services
· P2RX, Waste Reduction Resource Center, Food Service – P2 Opportunities
· Inform Inc., Getting an “A” for Lunch: Smart Strategies in Reducing Waste in Campus Dining:
· Zero Waste Lunchroom (California):
· Oklahoma Farm to School Program (healthy locally grown food for schools):
· Made in Oklahoma Products:
· Oklahoma Food Cooperative (local producers):
· Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture Buy Fresh, Buy Local Campaign:
· Healthy Tools to Help All School Lunch Programs:


· Solid Waste Management Resource Trunks are now available for loan to K-12 educators Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. For description of contents and application for loan, go here:
· EPA Teacher Resources Page: and Kids Site for Garbage & Recycling:
· Project Learning Tree (PLT) Municipal Solid Waste module available by contacting state PLT coordinator at 405-522-6158.
· The Greens Activity Guide for Ages 9-12:
· OKRA Recycling Websites for Kids/Teens:
· Ask.Com recycling page:
· Cornell University Teacher Page:
· Cornell Solid Waste Education Activities for grades 9-12:
· Worms Eat Our Garbage (Classroom activities for grades 3-8/$22.95):
· Recycling lesson plans online: or\
OK DEQ brochures:
· Worm Composting:
· How to Build Compost Bins (several different plans provided):
· Make Every Day A Waste-Free Lunch Day:
· How to Make A Locker Clean-Out an Environmental Event:
· List of Solid Waste Resources for Schools:
America Recycles Day printable packet:

· U.S. EPA, Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit (free) / Order here: (Kits will be provided by the OK Green Schools Committee for 2009-2010 Pilot Program participants.)
· Healthy Schools Network, Guides and Materials:
· Healthy Schools Campaign Clean Green Schools:
· Cleaning for Healthy Schools Toolkit: (Green Cleaning starter kit provided by OK Green Schools Committee for 2009-2010 Pilot Program participants.)
· INFORM Cleaning for Healthy Schools Toolkit:
· Healthy Schools Kids Page & Green Squad Poster:

· Battelle Seattle Research Center, Laboratory Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention checklist:
· Council of State Science Supervisors, Science Education Safety checklists:
· Safe Labs that Don’t Pollute (a variety of resources for parents, teachers, and students):

U.S. EPA Mercury in the Environment: EPA's Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign addresses mercury and other unnecessarily hazardous chemicals in schools by proactively cleaning these chemicals out of schools, and going a step further to implement mechanisms to prevent their reappearance in schools.
· EPA Mercury in Schools Case Studies describe common sources of mercury that were found present in local schools, and describes actions that were taken to reduce accidental exposures to mercury and to promote proper disposal of mercury-containing materials:
· “Mercury: An Educator’s Toolkit” is a two-disc DVD and CD package that contains a variety of activities, educational videos, and other information designed to enhance students’ understanding of mercury and its potential health hazards.
· EPA Healthy School Environment Mercury Resources (lots of resources are listed here):

· U.S. EPA, Mold Prevention in Schools:
· Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings:


· USGBC Green Schools:
· Collaborative for High Performance Schools (new construction), Best Practices Manual:
· National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities – High Performance Building Resource Lists:
· Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, special online "classroom" about High-Performance School Buildings:
· Alliance to Save Energy, Sustainable School Construction:
· Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Schools Going Solar:

· Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF)- OK Forestry Services Division:
· U.S. EPA, A Sourcebook on Natural Landscaping for Public Officials:
DEQ Edible School Garden Planning Guide:
· EPA Low Impact Development: (stormwater projects such as raingardens, rain barrels, vegetated rooftop, permeable pavement)
· Greening School Grounds - Creating Habitats for Learning (step-by-step instructions for schoolyard projects such as tree nurseries, composting, native plants, etc.) Green Teacher:
· School Gardens in Los Angeles County, California (great photos):

· The IPM Institute of North America, IPM for School Landscapes and Grounds
· U.S. EPA Region V, Pollution Prevention Education Toolbox, Pesticide Reduction
· OSU Cooperative Extension IPM:


Air Quality Information
· OK Dept. of Environmental Quality:
· American Lung Association of Oklahoma:
· Association of Central OK Governments (ACOG) Clean Cities Partnership:
· Indian Nation Council of Governments (INCOG) Clean Cities Partnership:

Air Quality Educational Resources
· OK DEQ Resources:
· EPA:
· Cool School Challenge (Puget Sound):
This education program engages students and teachers in practical strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Through changes in transportation behaviors as well as increased recycling and other conservation actions, participants learn how simple actions can create a climate of change.
· Air Now: This site provides children with information and activities related to air quality. U.S. EPA, NOAA, NPS, tribal, state, and local agencies developed the AIR Now Web site to provide the public with easy access to national air quality information (AQI). Includes Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton
· Air & Waste Management Association Curriculum:
· US EPA: Sample Idling Policy:
Sample plans, letters to parents, pledges, policies, success stories
· US EPA: Clean School Bus:
Use EPA online calculator to calculate the amount of fuel and money your school/district could save by reducing the amount of time school buses idle.
· Airwatch Northwest: Idling Reduction Toolkit:
Measuring Idling in school zones:
Vehicle Idle Measurement Form

Bicycling and Walking
· Feet First:
· International Walk to School Web site:
· Walking audits:
· Walking School Bus Program:
· King County LUTAQH: A walkable community equals a healthier community:

Bicycle Safety Information
· Bicycle Groups in Oklahoma:
· Bike Safety for Kids:
· Bikeability Checklist:
· Bikesafe (Resources & Tools):

· Diesel School Bus Retrofit Program:

Calculators of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency
· EPA: Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator:
· EPA: Green Vehicle Guide:
· Compare the fuel economy of different vehicles between classes of vehicles. Use an online calculator to calculate your emissions (CO2 in tons, etc.) Compare the savings in fuel costs alone from different vehicle choices
· U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Fleet & Automotive:

Carpooling and ride-matching information
· Rideshare Online:
· University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs Report: Transportation Demand Strategies for Schools:


· ODAFF Forestry Kids Page:
· ODAFF Natural Resources & Education:
· Green Teacher: Greening School Grounds-Creating Habitats for Learning:
· U.S. Green Building Council Build Green Schools site: and LEED for Schools:
· Green Teacher sample lessons:

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