National Green Week – Spotlight on the I Ride Green Sustainability Theme

National Green Week, the largest K-12 sustainability education campaign in history, is kicking off February 4-8. Are you ready? Be sure to sign up today (it’s free!) to be entered to win reusable water bottles for a classroom. When you sign up, you’ll be asked to indicate the sustainability theme(s) you’re interested in.  Today, I’d like to take a minute to tell you more about the I Ride Green sustainability theme.


I Ride Green is all about  inspiring schools, families and individuals to develop lifelong habits for sustainable transportation that promote the health of the environment, the economy, and people.  Keep reading to learn about GEF’s free resources and tools to help you plan a successful Green Week all about eco-friendly travel!


K-12 Lessons
Participants are encouraged to conduct lessons on eco-transportation during their Green Week. All of GEF’s lessons are free and easy to integrate into the classroom. There are plenty of opportunities to talk about eco-transportation themes in science, language arts, math, health, and creativity curriculum. For example, many lessons focus on new technologies, such as biofuels and hybrid vehicles, while others work to understand pollution and where it comes from and why it’s harmful. Check them out! Don’t forget, there are plenty more to choose from in the Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse!

Psst.. Middle School teachers! Check out our special lesson set for your students. Developed in partnership with Amtrak, these 10 free lessons are scripted and ready to use!

Green-in-Action Awards
Does your school already have eco-transportation initiatives under way? Are you planning a project around sustainability? You could win $250 and have your story shared on GEF’s website! Green-in-Action award winners are those schools, classrooms or youth groups who have demonstrated their commitment,  creativity, or passion for sustainability in their application.  Great application materials include photos, videos, essays, or artwork describing your environmental project, activity, community service project, or green team program! The deadline to apply is April 30, 2013. Email GEF,, if you have questions or want to discuss your ideas.

Eco-Transportation Tips
Review these tips for easy ways you can change your behavior to be more eco-friendly and efficient when you travel. Plus, many of these tips will also improve your health and save money on gas.

Recommended Reading
Check out these books about eco-friendly transportation and the science of sustainable transportation. There are books recommended for elementary, middle and high school students!

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 to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.
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