• U.S. Department of Education

    Recording from public listening session on postsecondary sustainability taken on Aug. 30, 2021.

  • U.S. Department of Education

    Recording from Equity in Sustainable Schools public listening session on Aug. 3, 2021.

  • U.S. Department of Education

    Recording from public listening session on incentivizing outdoor and environmental education taken on Aug. 23, 2021.

  • U.S. Department of Education

    Recording from public listening session on career opportunities in the green and blue economy taken on Aug. 18, 2021.

  • U.S. Department of Education

    Audio recording of school infrastructure and federal programs public listening session taken on Aug. 5, 2021.

  • UC Davis Energy Efficiency Institute

    A 2020 report by the University of California-Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center and the Indoor Environment Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found over half of new HVAC systems in schools had significant problems within three years of installation, and that the vast majority of classrooms in California continue to fail to meet minimum ventilation rates. This paper presents a proposal for a Ventilation and Energy Efficiency Verification/Repair Program that would prepare...

  • Undaunted K12 and Center for Green Schools

    In March 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, providing additional relief to address the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The ARP provides $122 billion for new Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund awards to State Education Agencies (SEAs), which must allocate 90% of their funding to local educational agencies (LEAs). Two-thirds of the ESSER Fund allocations were made available to SEAs in March, so that they might...

  • North American Association for Environmental Education

    The hub for environmental education professional development and networking

  • U.S. Department of Education

    Consistent implementation of mitigation strategies during all school-related activities is critical for reopening schools -- and keeping them open. To that end, the Department released a COVID-19 Handbook, with implementation guidance, strategies, and considerations for the education community. The handbook is being released in two volumes. The first volume supplements CDC’s operational strategy with practical examples and roadmaps for educators and staff to implement CDC’s recommended safe...

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    These scientific guidelines tell us that our schools are safer when we have appropriate distancing in classrooms and on school buses, when masks are worn consistently and properly, when handwashing occurs regularly, when we are able to effectively respond to cases through testing and contact tracing, and when we follow other recommended steps. To meet these guidelines, some schools will need more teachers and support staff to ensure smaller class sizes, more buses and drivers to transport our...

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Details the unique set of model-specific mitigation practices for several COVID-19 adapted school meal distribution models, including Drive-through, Walk-up, Home Delivery, Mobile Route Delivery, Bus Route Delivery, Meals in the Classroom, and Meals in the Cafeteria.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    This Science Brief reviews the latest scientific evidence on COVID-19 among children and adolescents, in school settings, and about virus transmission, as well as other key considerations. Evidence shows that many K-12 schools that have strictly implemented mitigation strategies have been able to safely open for in-person instruction and remain open. Given the importance of key services schools offer and the benefits of in-person learning for students, it is critical for K-12 schools to open...

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    CDC’s Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation includes recommendations for– • Consistent implementation of a combination of strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools, including consistent mask use; maintaining at least 6 feet of distance to the greatest extent possible; handwashing and respiratory etiquette; cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities; and carrying out contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine • Recommended steps schools...

  • Albuquerque Public Schools

    The Albuquerque School District has published their green building standards for planning, design and construction, online. The various standards are organized by product categories and each one references sustainability, including one specifically on the LEED V4 program requirements. The Design Standards are available for free in PDF, Microsoft Word, and Zip File formats.

  • University of Connecticut

    Students at the University of Connecticut developed a website dedicated to learning about and taking action on Environmental Justice. The site provides definitions of what Environmental Justice means, famous examples of injustice and ways anyone can take action to help. This resource can be used to educate yourself or bring the conversation to your classroom.

  • New Jersey School Board Association

    The New Jersey School Board Association developed various sample sustainability and green initiative policy language. The compilation was put together by the NJSBA based on research from other districts, and is only a list of suggested best practices. These sample policies from nutrition to green cleaning can be edited to reflect your own school/district programs and practices.

  • AASHE & Root Solutions

    The concepts, concrete examples, and tools in this guide will empower practitioners to more effectively target paper consumption behaviors at their institutions. Although this guide focuses on higher education institutions, the advice and examples provided can be applied by any organization looking to foster more sustainable behaviors. Our hope is that this guide gives you the background, inspiration, and confidence to ideate and implement the kinds of evidence-based behavior campaigns that can...

  • Nature Based Education Consortium

    This short guide highlights the importance of outdoor learning and provides great links to other valuable outdoor education resources. While the school stories and guidance included here is specific to implementing outdoor learning programs at schools in Maine, the resource and ideas can translate to any school setting.

  • Salt Lake City School District

    In June 2020, the School Board at Salt Lake City School District signed a 100% clean energy resolution, seeking to create healthier, more environmentally sustainable schools, which includes the following goals: 1. to use 100 percent clean, renewable energy in its electricity sector by 2030; and 2. to meet 100% of all district operations energy needs with carbon neutral energy by 2040.

  • Fayette County Public Schools

    This is an example of a comprehensive district sustainability program webpage. It includes a green schools incentives program, manuals, a school scorecard, and more.

  • Austin Independent Schoold District

    This is an example of a robust district sustainability landing page. It covers energy, water, food, nature, waste, air quality, transportation, green schoolyards, Earth Week programming and more.

  • Boulder Valley School District

    This guidance details protocols for both indoor and outdoor learning environments, emphasizing the advantages of outdoor learning, when possible.

  • Boulder Valley School District

    This sample letter to principals offers resources, planning tools, and references related to using outdoor spaces for learning during COVID-19.

  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

    Approximately 30 percent of the edible food produced in the United States is wasted and a significant portion of this waste occurs at the consumer level. Despite food’s essential role as a source of nutrients and energy and its emotional and cultural importance, U.S. consumers waste an estimated average of 1 pound of food per person per day at home and in places where they buy and consume food away from home. Many factors contribute to this waste—consumers behaviors are shaped not only by...

  • New York City Department of Education

    The Race Against Waste program is a collaboration between New York City Department of Education Service in Schools (SIS) and the Office of Sustainability to support teams of teachers from middle and high schools in leading students through an investigation of waste in their community and developing a service-learning project that helps their community to reduce and reuse a source of waste. You can still inspire your students and/or your own children to think sustainably and with a service...

  • Salt Lake City Unified School District

    Salt Lake City School District green cleaning custodial training videos.

  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

    An ad hoc committee will provide states and districts with guidance about whether and how to safely reopen schools in the 2020-2021 school year. The committee will write a short letter report drawing on evidence from epidemiology, public health, and the social and behavioral sciences. The report will provide guidance on the health-related issues for safely reopening schools and the practices that should be implemented in order to maintain and monitor the health of staff and students. The report...