After your Green Team has completed one or more of the five PLT GreenSchools! Investigations, it’s time to take action! Using the baseline data your team has gathered, you’ll be able to decide what you most want to do to improve your school’s environment and measure progress toward meeting your goals.
Action plans are developed and implemented primarily by students, and should:
- Identify priorities
- Set realistic and measurable goals and deadlines
- Include plans to measure improvement after your plan has been implemented
- Result in an improved ecological “footprint” for your school
- Benefit the health and learning opportunities for students and school staff
Here are just a few examples of things your students could do, ranging from simple to more complex:
- Turn lights off and unplug appliances when not in use
- Promote "no idling" for buses and cars, especially near school air intake vents
- Install rainwater barrels to collect water from roofs and gutters for watering plants
- Start a recycling program, or set up a compost bin for yard waste, fruit, and vegetable scraps
- Plant a school garden and use it to study science and other core subjects, as well as to provide nutritious food and teach healthy eating habits
Ready to get started? Register now, and we'll provide resources and ideas to help you and your students every step of the way.