I LOVE case studies and success stories of how a group of teachers, parents and/or community leaders not only get it but GOT it done!
Check out how this Arrowhead High School Green Group structured their successful group almost completely ONLINE (how green) and made it work. Way to GO Arrowhead.
Although we still meet as a class at least once a week, all of the materials students need are online: we discuss and edit papers online, we talk about problems and solutions online, we read articles online, we take notes online, we watch videos online and we hold discussions online.
Within this form, students demonstrated learning and growth when they were able to:
• Set and have a goal they can reach (that makes sense to them)
• Be internally motivated
• Be positively challenged
• Be useful in the learning process
• Be given a chance to practice what they’ve learned
• Produce quality work they’re proud of
• See the outcomes of their learning
• Do something
• Complete enjoyable assignments
• Take charge of their learning
• Become competent in the subject
• Be partners with the teachers in their own learning
• Evaluate their own learning and
• GO GREEN!
Going Green at Arrowhead.
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Recycling is one of the easiest and most traditional ways to have a positive impact on your environment and community. The simple act of tossing a can into a recycling bin rather than a trashcan not only diverts needless trash from entering landfills, but also decreases the need to extract and process virgin materials from the earth. In this way, recycling saves natural resources and energy, thus helping the economy by reducing production and energy expenses.
Here is a great step by step path to going Green by starting with a recycling program at your school. Why reinvent the wheel? Use this great step by step guide to getting your program started and share with me your successes and failures!
I am about to start one at my daughters’ school here in Chicago and really want to expand the idea just beyond a recycling program.
Why are we recycling? What are the implications for our planet and how will our efforts measurably impact our school, our community and the world?
If kids can undertand in some way (depending on their grade level) WHY they are doing something then I think it will go a long way towards their involvement with and their more complete understanding of why we should recycle (and re-use and reduce) our waste.
How to Start a Recycling Program at Your School.
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A really great tool available to align home owner’s Green goals with contractors.
ASID Foundation and USGBC have partnered on the development of best practice guidelines for sustainable residential improvement projects. REGREEN fosters sustainable renovation practices and benefits by providing quality resources, including REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines, numerous case studies, educational offerings, a Certificate of designation for green remodel professionals, a green strategy generator that specifies green measures based on project scope and goals and much more.
U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Home Guide.
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