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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Let’s all go #green

Disclaimer: The scrolling Amazon widget below contains interesting books about going green. I am an Amazon Associate and any purchase results in a bit of compensation for me. More information is available in my disclosure policy.

There is a lot to learn about green schools and going green in general. On Tuesday I shared about the Green School in Bali, Indonesia, that earned the honor of being voted the “2012 Greenest School on Earth” by the U.S. Green Building Council Center for Green Schools. (That post is Green schools: How do they do it?.)

Yesterday I wrote about the website GreenSchools that provides a plethora of information for schools to assist them in their process of officially being a green school. The efforts that are made to reduce their carbon footprints do a lot more in the long run.

It will teach a generation of children and the surrounding communities the importance of caring for our environment, being ecologically responsible and what steps to take to accomplishment what can seem like an insurmountable task. (See my How schools can go green post.) In addition to the information provided by Green Schools, and sites like it, there are books that go into detailed information. (Or you can do a Google search, of course.)

One book I found would be helpful in developing an action plan: “Going to Green: A Standards-based Environmental Education Curriculum for Schools, Colleges and Communities” by Harry Wiland and Dale Bell.

About the book according to Amazon.com:

Based on the PBS Series Edens Lost & Found, this unique learning resource combines an integrated, detailed academic curriculum with service-based learning activities to educate, inspire, and empower citizen learners to build greener and healthier communities.

Tested in high schools, university extension classes, community colleges, and community organizations, this teacher-friendly curriculum is rated highly as a successful program for knowledge acquisition across disciplines. It meets NSTA and NCSS national standards for grades 9-12, and includes a wide variety of cross-curricular activities with focus on literature, math, and art.

This is ideal information to use by educational institutions, but will only help if the lessons are put into play. There’s also a student workbook, “Going Green by Harry Wiland,” which accompanies the book.

With children actively learning about being green excitement will ensue and they’ll bring information home to share. As parents, we can get on the green bandwagon and do our part. If you’re interested in teaching your children about the subject there is more than enough information available. The following books stood out to me:

  • The Eco-Student's Guide to Being Green at School (Point It Out! Tips for Green Living) by J. Angelique Johnson and illustrated by Kyle Leter Poling.
  • Teens Go Green!: Tips, Techniques, Tools, and Themes for YA Programming (Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians Series) by Valerie Colston

The following is more information about “Teens Go Green” taken directly from the back cover.

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Have you taught your children about being environmentally responsible? Since we’ve been living in a smaller place I now only recycle magazines and reuse copy paper, boxes, cardboard, etc. In the past, we’ve recycled bottles, jars and cans. I also reuse or up cycle whatever I can.

What about the school your children attend? Do you think the administration will be interested in appointing a green committee? Let me know in the comments if your school has already implemented one or if you’d be interested in approaching the school to help implement that change.

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