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2 The National Green School Coalition Teacher Training Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition

3 The National Green School Coalition is on a mission to create a positive impact on our greatest resource, our children. We accomplish this by helping schools create healthy, sustainable learning environments thereby improving the health of our next generation and fostering in them a sense of environmental responsibility and empowerment. We also show schools how to create a positive impact on the environment as well as their bottom line. While we feel the simplest and most comprehensive way to create an authentic green program is through the services of an NGSC Certified Associate, any school can achieve positive results through education and consistently implemented green practices and procedures. This training module is intended to help Teachers understand and implement green practices within their school. If you are already working towards NGSC Certification, this training module will help you better understand the goals of our program and help you work towards certification more efficiently. Please take the time to read through and study this material thoroughly and be sure to check out our recommended resources for further information. Thank you for helping us on our mission! Sincerely, The National Green School Coalition Board of Directors

4 A. Introduction and Green Awareness B. Conservation: Resource Reduction & Recycling C. Student Engagement Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition National Green School Coalition

5 Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition A 1 Section A Section A About the National Green School Coalition (NGSC) The NGSC is a National organization whose mission is to promote safe, healthy, sustainable learning environments in child care facilities and schools PreK-12 through the reduction of environmental hazards and resource consumption. We accomplish this via educational outlets such as this one, as well as our third party certification and audit programs. We believe that greening child care facilities and schools should be more than signing a pledge or adding in an environmental curriculum. It is about a true commitment to our children and the planet. We want to help people really understand what green is and how to make it work in their classroom and facility as a whole. Both our professional training and school certification programs strive to create healthier learning environments for students and promote positive environmental operating plans for facilities while maintaining credibility and eliminating confusion and greenwashing.

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7 Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition A 3  Green awareness, or a general understanding of key environmental issues, is one of the most important aspects of going green in any setting- your home, school or business.  By keeping key issues in mind when developing daily routines, planning activities and obtaining supplies, you will be able to create a positive impact through even the simplest actions.  Spreading this awareness throughout the facility as well as among the parents and community will generate support and inspire positive change.  This training course will help you develop that green awareness and outline the process of creating a Green Classroom (and possibly initiate facility wide change) in a simple and easy to understand way! Green Awareness

8 A. Introduction and Green Awareness B. Conservation I.Reduce resource consumption. II.Implement recycling efforts. C. Green Policy Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition National Green School Coalition

9 Healthy environments (both everyday & planet-wide) go hand in hand with efficient operations and saving money. The first step is reducing consumption by taking a detailed account of where you currently stand, creating a baseline and then setting goals for reduction. This data should be gathered during the initial stage of your green program. It is important to realize that not all consumption can be eliminated and therefore, integrating recycling/reuse initiatives should be the next step. Finally, keeping records of your progress will allow you to account for positive results and to make changes if necessary. Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 1 Section B Section B If your facility is implementing a school wide program, you will implement conservation initiatives as part of the entire system. If not, use the the following information to get your room on the right path. If your facility is implementing a school wide program, you will implement conservation initiatives as part of the entire system. If not, use the the following information to get your room on the right path.

10 The first step to reducing consumption is knowing what and how much you are consuming. Many times, we just go through our daily routines without really considering our resource usage or impact. We have found that in the average child care facility energy, water and paper are the three biggest areas of consumption. Focusing on usage reduction in these areas will reduce your overall footprint, help your children learn the concept of being part of a larger “global community” and possibly save your facility money. The following lessons detail the specific items to focus on in order to effectively reduce consumption. Although it may seem like a lot of steps, once you get the initial plan in place there is very little upkeep work besides changing from old wasteful habits to new efficient ones! Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 2 B. I B. I

11  Energy costs are a school’s second largest expense.  Energy Smart schools cost an average of 40 cents less per square foot per year to operate.  Energy efficiency and healthy indoor environments go hand in hand because proper heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting can save energy and add to a healthy school IAQ!  Be sure to let your facility manager know that you are taking steps to reduce consumption, they may track usage for you so you can see how much impact you are creating! Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 3

12 Institute an energy awareness program with parents & children. Create promotional items, posters & write news letters. When not in use, power down everything – lights, copiers, coffee pots etc. Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 4  Lighting ◦ Switch From Incandescent To Fluorescent Or LED ◦ Take Advantage Of Natural Lighting  Remove Extra Bulbs From Fixtures In Areas That Receive Adequate Day Light ◦ Keep All Bulbs And Fixtures Clean And Bright ◦ Ask your facility manager to  Install Dimmer Switches  Install Motion Sensors, Especially In Rooms Like Bathrooms & Closets

13 Did you know that your appliances use electricity even when they are turned off? It’s called a phantom load, or vampire power. This wasted electricity accounts for about 25% of the average school’s annual bill! Simply unplugging one television, computer monitor and fax machine when you aren’t using it will save you about $6 a month.  Vampire Power ◦ Put all electronics and small appliances on power strips and/or wall switches and unplug or switch off whenever not in use, especially at night. ◦ Use the low power or hibernate setting on smart electronics such as computers and printers that must be left on for long periods of time. Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 5

14  HVAC & Water Heating These two areas have a large impact on the facilities overall energy consumption, although you are probably not able to make big changes, just being aware of the systems and reporting any problems can go a long way to increasing efficiency. ◦ Periodically walk through your area of the building, visually inspecting equipment and comparing settings to actual production. ◦ Insist that filters, dampers, valves etc. are cleaned and maintained regularly. ◦ If you have access to the thermostat, set it to run on a schedule based on regular activity and only during occupied periods. ◦ Suggest that bare tanks and pipes are insulated. ◦ If water usage is increased due to long heat times, request booster units be installed at faucets. Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 6

15  Clean, healthy drinking water is fast becoming a precious commodity; there are already countries being destroyed by war and famine due to lack of potable water.  Conserving water is a necessary for the survival of future generations and it also saves money!  Some actions are free or low cost while others may require an upfront investment by the facility manager, however these should pay for themselves in time. Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 7

16  General ◦ Identify and have all leaks fixed, one dripping faucet can lose 20 gallons of water a day! ◦ Use “old” water (from boiling foods, leftover drinks etc.) for watering plants (but don’t over water them.) ◦ Don’t buy or use a decorative fountain unless it reuses its water.  Bathroom ◦ Suggest low-flow toilets or disperse the water in the tank with a milk jug, brick or “bladder.” ◦ Don’t flush tissues or other garbage, use the trash can instead.  Kitchen & Laundry ◦ Only run washers when they are completely full. ◦ Keep jugs of cooled water in the refrigerator so you don’t have to let the tap run each time. ◦ Wash produce in a bowl or sink basin with a scrub brush instead of under the running tap. ◦ Scrape rather than rinse dishes before washing. ◦ Use water from steam tables to wash down cooking areas. Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 8

17  Paper use may seem insignificant in day to day operations, but the truth is that the overall cost of paper is huge.  Paper production consumes massive amounts of natural resources and releases toxins into the environment.  Paper usage is a big expense that often goes untracked and is easily changed through updated document management policies. Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 9

18  Ways to reduce classroom paper usage: ◦ Use old copy paper for craft projects or scrap paper. ◦ Implement a paperless system of communicating with parents.  Website   Central corkboard in the classroom ◦ Consolidate assignments, notes or projects so the least amount of paper is used. ◦ Encourage your facility to use e-faxing and electronic newsletters. ◦ When paper must be used, be sure to recycle! Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 10

19 Recycling conserves resources such as energy, water, metals & trees, reduces pollution from production to end use, creates more space in already over used landfills, saves creatures who are often killed by waste and toxins, and gives a sense of empowerment to change our future! Diverting waste to be recycled is only one half of the equation, if there is no demand for products made from recycled content, the system breaks down. Encourage your facility to implement a site wide recycling program. If this is not available, you can create a recycling center in the classroom and ask parents to help transport it to a recycle center as necessary. Recycling organics and creating compost either traditionally or with worms, “vermicomposting”, can be a fun and interesting project! As you can see, implementing a recycling program is one of the farthest reaching aspects of any green program and should be considered for: Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 11 Glass Metals Paper Electronics Organics (Yard/Food Waste) B. II B. II

20 To Recycle To Purchase  Glass containers- sauces, peanut butters, beverages, etc.  Other glass items, such as drinking glasses, light bulbs, mirrors and cookware are often treated with chemicals making them unrecyclable.  Glass must be sorted by color before being recycled. Glass can be recycled infinitely without losing its purity or strength. While the primary end product of recycled glass is new glass bottles and jars, there are some other uses for recycled glass, including: fiberglass, abrasives and sand to replace erosion damaged beaches. Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 12

21 To Recycle To Purchase  Steel ◦ Food containers, what most people call “tin” cans. ◦ Large items: cars, construction debris, etc.  Aluminum ◦ Beverage cans ◦ Appliances & light building supplies.  Other ◦ Metals such as copper, lead, nickel etc. are most commonly used in electronics and must be specially handled. Steel is a unique material because it always contains recycled steel. Each year, millions of tons of pre- and post-consumer steel products, including used steel cans, appliances, automobiles and construction materials, are recycled by steel mills into every ton of new steel produced. The aluminum can is 100 percent recyclable and can be recycled indefinitely. The can remains the most recyclable of all materials. Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 13

22 To Recycle To Purchase Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 14  Products that contain recycled Content (Office paper, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, art paper) ◦ At least 30 % Post Consumer content ◦ Any amount of Pre Consumer Content  Paper certifications ◦ EPA (self certification) ◦ Green Seal ◦ Environmental Choice ◦ Chlorine Free Products Association  Newspaper  Corrugated Cardboard  Paper and Chip board  White/Office paper  Direct Mail  Envelopes  Art paper. *Most paper recyclers will have guidelines as to how paper must be sorted before recycling

23 To Recycle To Purchase  Any Electronic items that are still in working order should be donated instead of recycled.  Computers  T.V.’s  Cell phones  Office Equipment  Products with recycled content.  Products designed for easier upgrading or disassembly.  Items that include a trade in or buy back program. Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 15

24 To Recycle Uses for end product  Raw plant based food scraps.  All fruit and vegetables.  Teabags and coffee grounds.  Hair & nail clippings.  Tissues, paper towels and napkins that do not have plasticizers or softeners.  Egg boxes & uncoated paperboard. * Vermicomposters and yard composting containers are widely available and make great student projects!  Organic Gardening  Landscaping mulch  Distribute to parents for home garden use.  Donate to a local gardening organization or farm. Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition B 16

25 A. Introduction and Green Awareness B. Conservation C. Student Engagement Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition National Green School Coalition

26 The future of our planet depends on today’s youth: We must foster in them a feeling of environmental responsibility and give them the tools to solve the serious challenges the future holds. By building a sincere green program with recognizable policies, procedures and goals you will give your students a great model for their own lives. As age appropriate, create green curriculums, projects and student groups. Award those who are truly adding to the movement within the school and at home. Remember to keep it positive, focus on the great impact an individual can create not the “scary” facts, save those for the parents and co- workers who able to process that type of information in a suitable way. Copyright © 2010 National Green School Coalition C 1 Section C Section C

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