Overview of Kansas Green Schools Program

School Green Team GuideIntroduction:

Every day, students, teachers, administrators and other school personnel make choices that impact the places we live.  Exploring your school and understanding more about your choices can make a big difference!  The Kansas Green Schools Program provides tools, resources, ideas and a place to celebrate all you do to green your school and your curriculum!  Join our network today to access these great resources!                                                                      

The Benefits:
 

Enhance Student Learning Using a Real Life Application

Greening your school is a hands-on, real-world learning experience. Students can apply their math, science, social studies and communication skills. Research points to lots of benefits for students including:

Knowledge gains across multiple disciplines, including environmental issues, science, mathematics, and more 

Emotional and social skills, such as self-esteem, character development, team work, and leadership skills 
Environmentally friendly behavior, such as reducing water use, increasing recycling, and participating in community cleanups 
Academic skills (21ST Century skills), such as critical thinking, oral communication, analytical skills, problem solving, and higher-order thinking 
Motivation to learn, including enthusiasm for and interest in school 
Civic interest and engagement, including feelings of civic responsibility, feelings of empowerment, and ability to take action

Please see the Kansas Green School Investigations for more on how you can connect greening your school to the classroom!

Save and Earn Money for Your School While Helping the Environment

It costs money to dispose of trash. A school that practices waste reduction, reuse and recycling is going to save money on their waste disposal costs. Additionally, schools can generate revenue from the sale of recycled materials, such as paper and aluminum.  Saving energy is another great way to save money.  Finding out how you can reduce the energy your school uses can add up to big savings!  Even water conservation can save a school money--money that you would otherwise be flushing down the drain!   Greening your school is good for the environment and your school budget too! 

Get Recognized

Schools who engage students in leading the way toward greener and healthier schools have a number of opportunities to get recognized!  See the opportunities here.