February 25, 2015
PLT has created a new GreenSchools poster to inspire students to take an active role in greening their school.
Available online and in print, this poster illustrates the many elements of a PLT GreenSchool in action and how you and your students can lead the way to make these elements a reality in your school. This poster provides ideas to help reduce your school’s environmental footprint based on the five areas covered by the PLT GreenSchools Investigations.
Whether your school is a large, modern facility with many green features already in place, or an older school that is only able to take small steps to start, PLT’s GreenSchools program has the flexibility teachers need.
If you’re wondering how greening your school can benefit your students, your school, and your community, consider these facts:
- Implementing energy-saving practices can help schools reduce their operational costs. (A typical PLT GreenSchool uses 30-50% less energy than other schools; Wyandotte High School in Kansas saved $100,000 for a “Save a Teacher” campaign!)
- Challenging students to apply STEM to make a difference in their world creates awareness of green job opportunities and develops 21st century career-readiness skills. (7 of the 10 projected fastest-growing occupations over the next 10 years are all in STEM fields.)
- PLT GreenSchools! gives youth a voice and grows students’ leadership skills by inspiring and empowering them to become responsible environmental stewards.
- In a recent independent study, educators agreed that PLT GreenSchools! Investigations and action projects develop students’ academic and life skills.
Not yet registered in PLT’s GreenSchools! program? Sign up today to access free materials and resources to help get you started on a pathway to a greener, healthier school!