Many DOE Schools have environmental clubs, sustainability committees or green teams with a similar goal of reducing the school’s impact on the environment. If your school has one, join to help make a difference! If your school doesn’t have one, then reach out to your school’s Sustainability Coordinator to start a Green Team at your school. A School Green Team typically includes the principal, sustainability coordinator, teachers, students, custodian engineer, UFT chapter leader, parents and other school community partners that the principal would deem appropriate to include. To get started follow the recommended steps below:
Get speakers to come to your school or your class through Earth Day New York's Speakers Bureau or schedule an ACE Assembly through the Alliance for Climate Education (for high school only).
Visit juniorenergy.org to learn more about fundraising options.
Visit the NYC Department of Education's Fitness and Health webpage to keep up with current activities you can participate in.
Organize Bike to School Day or set up Bike Commuter Program for Staff through BikeNY.
Eco-Schools USA is an International Green School program run by the National Wildlife Federation in the United States. This comprehensive program provides a seven step framework that can guide schools through school sustainability plans and action items. Once the schools accomplish seven steps, which are mostly included in required School Sustainability Plans, schools can receive recognition at three award levels: Bronze, Silver and Green Flag. Find out more and fill out the registration form here.