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Greening Students for Sustainability

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Apr 22, 2014 1:30:00 PM

We have long known, that “get them while they are young” is the way to influence and educate young people. Now there is a sustainability program to educate the young to be green. 

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched a National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability (EfS)

The goal is to educate all students for a sustainable future by 2040. The plan calls for all 50 states to “adopt a comprehensive green schools policy that includes a graduation requirement around sustainability literacy.”

The U.S. Department of education already has a Green Ribbon School Award program that calls for all K-12 graduates to be environmentally literate. USGBC felt it had “received a directive for the community to band together to figure out how we will ensure that happens,” said Rachel Gutter, USGBC’s director of the Center of Green Schools. By June, the organization hopes to have established the U.S. Teacher Education for Sustainable Development Network.

Below: As part of Green Ribbon Schools program, Kindergarteners and First Graders released butterflies at St. Paul Interparochial School’s celebration of Earth Day held in conjunction with its Science Fair.

 

[image] ButterflyRelease


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