National Green Week 2012 is Up and Running!

National Green Week 2012 is up and running and there’s still plenty of time to get involved! Have you had the chance to adopt-a-plant for your classroom or conduct a school energy audit?  Well, now’s the time! By adopting a plant for your classroom, you are improving the air quality of the room.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests that indoor air can be up to 10 times more populated that outside air.  Yuck! Introduce your students to indoor plant life and even incorporate it in your science curriculum!  GEF has partnered with Bonnie Plants to encourage participants to take part in the event by coming up with a creative name for the plant and submitting an official GEF certificate of adoption.  Winners will receive I Drink Green water bottles for hot days in the garden as well as be featured on GEF’s website!

The U.S. Department of Energy suggests that schools can save up to 50% of their energy costs if they take part in basic energy-saving techniques.  Just think, a 25% reduction in energy can save approximately $1.5 billion, so do your part today! Take a look at the Green Energy Challenge and see how you can make a difference in your school by conducting an energy audit and making simple changes in behavior.

As National Green Week continues, think about the different projects and activities that you and your students can take part in:

  • Organize a waste reduction program
  • Make crafts using recycled material
  • Encourage a waste-free snack program
  • Create a recycling initiative in your classroom
  • Read environmental books to your students
  • Teach your students about green travel

So what are you waiting for? Get started on your National Green Week projects today!

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About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

Mission Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability Education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions. Visit www.greeneducationfoundation.org to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.
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