Sustainability

How to organize a student-led sustainability conference

To host a student conference, focus on putting the kids out front and allow the adults to show up and support them organically.

School Renewal: Accessing New Funding for Facilities and Energy Projects

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 11th at 2 pm ET

In this 20-minute DA Ed Talk, an advisor from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of State and Community Energy Programs and an education facilities expert from Trane will discuss how to access and use newly available funding from the federal government to finance much-needed school facilities improvements in any district.

3 districts that are leading the country in sustainability efforts

We've chosen three Green Ribbon School winners to illustrate what strategies prove most successful and how you can replicate their efforts.

How one district is transforming learning by connecting kids to the ocean—and Bigfoot

A key to the mission at Sea Lab is for students to work "as scientists" across disciplines. Recent projects have had students grow lettuce in a hydroponic aquarium and compose music based on the sinking of military ships. "There's a little bit of whimsy science thrown in," teacher facilitator Simone Bourgeois explains. "We do everything from meteorology to zoology to any content science a student might approach in high school or college."

See which districts will share $1 billion in new clean school bus funding

Thousands of new clean, green and electric buses will soon be carrying kids to school thanks to a $1 billion boost in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Students wanted a seat at the table to advocate for climate change—and they got it

Three years ago, about 30 students across eight different schools throughout Denver Public Schools went to the board of education to pass a climate change policy. Now, they're receiving national attention for their efforts.

CTO: To make your schools more secure and sustainable, go paperless

"Paper records, stored in one location, in a non-environmentally controlled warehouse, for instance, are much more at risk than digital records secured by digital passwords," K12 technology leader Beverly Miller says.

How teaching climate change can be ideal for student engagement

It's hands-on, multidisciplinary and has real-world impacts: Teaching climate change appears to tick all the boxes for effective instruction.

How to tap into $80M in new funds available for school energy upgrades

Renew America’s Schools grant program will ultimately provide $500 million to districts serving historically disadvantaged and rural communities.

How solar panels are helping leaders put energy into teacher pay

Sheridan Community Schools has redirected about $1.3 million toward salaries each year since the Indiana district shifted to solar energy.

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