GreenSchools Investigations

GreenSchools-Investigations-and-Adult-Leader-Guide-coversAdult Leader Guide

Learn about the benefits of becoming a GreenSchool and how to form a Green Team and obtain equipment. Get suggestions for how students might conduct the investigations and why, tips for collecting data, as wells as ideas for funding for action projects.


Engage students in STEM as they investigate their school site, energy use, water, waste and recycling practices:

Energy Investigation

Investigate how much energy your school uses, the main sources of that energy, and ways to implement energy-saving strategies.

Environmental Quality Investigation

Investigate areas where improvements can be made in indoor air quality, transportation, chemical use, and more.

School Site Investigation

Investigate natural habitats, wildlife, trees, grounds maintenance practices, and ways to make improvements to your school site.

Waste & Recycling Investigation

Investigate how much waste your school generates and where it goes, as well as recycling and composting efforts.

Water Investigation

Investigate the source, cost, and quality of your school’s water supply, and ways to enhance current water conservation practices.


Get the Materials

Download each individual investigation from our store, or purchase a print copy of the complete set that includes the Adult Leader Guide.

PLT also offers online training to help you start a GreenSchools program at your school and engage your students.


Early Childhood Investigations

PLT’s GreenSchools for Early Childhood program specifically meets the needs of younger learners. It is designed to teach young children about their environment and how they can make a difference, while developing their skills in language, mathematics, science, and more.