Tools and Partners for Greening Your School
Garden as Classroom Manual
This publication offers step-by-step instruction for starting a school garden as well as suggested lesson plans.
The BVSD Energy Dashboard offers real time energy data for every school. Energy dashboards — tools that show how much real-time power a building is using and how to use less — are becoming more common. And now, nearly all BVSD buildings are getting an interactive dashboard of their own. Contact the Energy Team for a demonstration of how you can integrate the dashboard into your classroom, for use with your green/environmental teams and more.
Calling all 6th grade teachers! Free energy efficiency take action kit
Xcel Energy is offering a free energy efficiency take action kit for 6th grade teachers. The kit comes with activities and materials that are aligned with standards. These items are designed to open students’ and parents’ eyes to the energy-saving potential of simple, easy-to-implement conservation practices. Go to http://thinkenergy.org/xcelenergy to learn more and sign up.
BVSD Green Purchasing Guide
Check out the Green Purchasing Guide for information on how to buy green for your school.
Turn off the Juice sticker
Request "Turn off the juice" stickers for your switches from email@example.com!
Get started at your school with the Sustainability Checklist.
Develop sustainability practices in the areas of energy, solid waste, water and transportation.
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School Lesson Guides
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Get lesson plans that align with State of Colorado content standards.
Center for Ecoliteracy
The Center for Ecoliteracy supports and advances education for sustainable living.
The Center for Green Schools
Mission- Create green schools for everyone within this generation.
Energy Kid! Learn about what energy is, where it comes from, and how we use it. Test your new knowledge with one of the many online games and activities. Determine your energy footprint using the Energy Calculator. There is also a section of lesson plans for teachers.
Energy Star’s interactive website allows younger students to explore the world of energy production and use. Kids learn about ways in which they can save energy at home and become more energy literate. There is also a section for parents and teachers, complete with lesson plans and games.
Did you know that 1 minute of idling produces more carbon monoxide than does smoking three packs of cigarettes? Learn about the impacts idling has on our fuel consumption and our air quality and then get involved by starting an anti-idling campaign at your school.
Facing the Future
Facing the Future examines the importance of having a global perspective when tackling issues, such as sustainability. The Global Issues Tours offer information and resources about many global challenges at a level appropriate for high school students. Free curriculum downloads and other resources for educators and administrators are also available.
Green Schools Alliance ("GSA")
GSA's mission is to connect and empower preK-12 schools worldwide to lead the transformation to global sustainability.
Green Schoolyards Resource Hub
Children & Nature Network provides numerous resources.
Grist.org is an online news site that will keep you up-to-date on all things sustainability, from politics to sports to fashion. The humorous titles and witty writers keep you feeling down about the future our planet faces. Be sure to check out the “Follow a Drop of Water” series, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Co.
Sustainable Schools is a pilot program in Australia in which schools committed to developing new approaches to school-wide sustainability. Students in these schools learn how they can shape their communities through hands-on learning experiences. The website outlines keys to success, core themes for sustainability in the classroom, and case studies.
Green Education Foundation
Green Education Foundation (GEF) is a non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging them to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions.
The E Movement is a collective of teachers, schools, local governments, nonprofits, and someday parents and businesses collaborating to increase environmental literacy and build a stewardship ethic within today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. This community wide effort provides Boulder County youth with the knowledge, care, skills, and connection to place required to become stewards of the environment. To guide these collaborative efforts, a set of E Guidelines were developed laying out a scaffolded, whole-child approach to environmental education. BVSD has been instrumental in developing and supporting the E Movement and the E Guidelines. Currently this program is being piloted within select Boulder County schools and classrooms. To learn more or sign up, please visit www.eMovement.org.
The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)
A non-profit organization whose mission is to educate high school students on the science behind climate change and inspire them to take action to curb the causes of global warming. We offer FREE multimedia assemblies and help students take action through carbon-reducing projects in their schools and communities. Contact: JD Prater; firstname.lastname@example.org
Boulder County Parks & Open Space
The county government department that manages all aspects of our public open space land. The Education and Outreach division offers free educational programs about (and in!) the local environment. Contact: Tiffany Fourment; email@example.com. Phone: 303-678-6215
Boulder County Sustainability
Boulder County is committed to the principles and concepts of Sustainability: Balancing a strong economy, protection of the environment, and social equity in order to achieve an improved quality of life for ourselves and future generations. Contacts: James L. Wood; firstname.lastname@example.org and Susie Strife; email@example.com.
The City of Boulder's Local Environmental Action Division (LEAD)
LEAD provides leadership to achieve Boulder's goals of sustainability and environmental quality. Our mission is to engage and assist the community to reduce waste and energy use through education, services, and economic assistance. We develop city policy, offer educational programs and partner with citizens, businesses and other organizations to protect Boulder's environment. Contact: Kara Mertz; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cottonwood Institute
An award-winning 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado. The vision of the Cottonwood Institute is to inspire a new generation of 21st century leaders who are environmentally aware, civically engaged, and empowered to make a positive impact within their communities. Contact: Ford Church, Executive Director; email@example.com.
Eco-Cycle's School Recycling and Environmental Education Program provides recycling collection services, education and feedback to schools in BVSD. Student groups are welcome to contact us for help improving and increasing recycling at their school. Contact: Cyndra Dietz, Program Manager; 303-444-6634 ext. 122.
The Growe Foundation
The Growe Foundation helps elementary school students understand the connections between humans and the environment, and teaches them to make healthy, sustainable lifestyle choices. Ten BVSD elementary schools are currently participating in the Garden to Table Program. The website provides sample lesson plans for Grades K-5 that integrate the Garden to Table Program goals into the core curriculum.
Keep it Clean Partnership (KICP)
A partnership of Colorado communities in the Boulder and St. Vrain watersheds, and includes Boulder County; the cities of Boulder, Longmont and Louisville; and the towns of Erie and Superior. The KICP offers water education programs, community service projects, and is present at community events with outreach materials for the public. This includes programs offered in classrooms, as field activities, or speaker programs for groups. Contact: Curry Rosato; RosatoC@bouldercolorado.gov
University of Colorado's Environmental Center
CU's Environmental Center is the nation's largest and most accomplished student-led center of its kind. The center can help with communicating sustainability, running a zero waste event, changing behavior, working with volunteers, organizing events and conferences. Contact: Sarah Dawn Haynes; Sarah.Haynes@Colorado.edu.
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
A non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for people to come together, learn about their environment, and take direct action to restore and care for the land. They offer a variety of in-class presentations and stewardship activities, service-learning field trips, as well as many leadership opportunities. Contact: Rachel Steel; firstname.lastname@example.org.