With only three short weeks left until the kickoff of National Green Week 2013, we want to take time to share resources and idea for each of our sustainability themes. Don’t forget that any week (or day) can be your Green Week between February 4 and April 30! If you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up by Feb. 1 to be eligible to win some of the hundreds of prizes we’ll be giving away!
Keep reading for ideas on winning a Green in Action award ($250 for your classroom!), free lessons for each grade level on transportation, and transportation tips for individuals and families!
As you plan your Green Week lessons and activities, be sure to take photos or video, and collect student work. You could win $250 for sharing your story with us! The deadline to apply is April 30. Read more about the contest rules here!
Green-in-Action Ideas for I Ride Green:
- Organize a ‘walk or bike to school day.’ You can find great resources to start planning for a safe and successful initiative here.
- Incorporate eco-travel in an art project. Take pictures of the artwork or submit originals!
- Investigate where your school’s supplies come from and identify ways to purchase locally to avoid excess transportation emissions.
- Conduct one or more activities and take pictures and gather feedback from students.
- Create an eco-travel pledge for students and families to sign.
- Join the National Idle Reduction Campaign and measure the ways your school is reducing emissions and saving money.
Transportation Tips (Hint: These could be a starting point for creating your own eco-travel pledge and applying for a Green in Action award!)
- Drive the speed limit on the highway. Fuel economy decreases above 60mpg. Driving 5mph over 60mph is like paying an extra 24 cents per gallon of gas!
- Keep tires inflated to the recommended level to improve fuel economy by up to 3.3 percent!
- Use public transportation whenever possible.
- Remove excess weight from your vehicle to increase fuel economy.
- Take a train instead of a plane for your next business trip or vacation.
- Use a carwash that participates in the WaterSavers program.
- Plan errands so you can get them done in one trip instead of multiple short trips.
- Walk or bike instead of drive whenever possible.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator to get exercise and avoid energy usage.
Here is just a sample of free grade specific lessons GEF has to offer as part of the I Ride Green program. Be sure to search the Clearinghouse for more!
Middle School (we offer a set of 10 amazing lessons for middle school students, developed by GEF, thanks to our partnership Amtrak!)