Nebraska Green Schools
The Nebraska Green Schools Program, a partnership between the Nebraska Department of Education and Nebraska Public Power District, is an environmental service-learning program that inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community.
Today’s youth spend most of their waking hours in a school setting. The learning environment can have big impacts on a student’s achievement and future behaviors. The Nebraska Green Schools program helps improve students’ academic performance in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); develops students’ critical thinking skills; and grows student leaders.
Nebraska Green Schools consists of five, student-led investigations for students in 4-12th grade. Once investigations are complete, students develop action plans and implement a project.
Investigations include -
Energy: Investigate how much energy your school uses, the main sources of that energy, and propose ways to implement energy-saving strategies.
Environmental Quality: Investigate the facility and make improvements in indoor air quality, transportation, chemical use, and more.
Water: Investigate the source, cost, and quality of your school’s water supply, and implement ways to enhance water conservation practices.
Waste and Recycling: Investigate how much waste your school generates and where it goes, as well as identify existing recycling and composting efforts and identify ways to improve.
School Site: Investigate natural habitats, wildlife, trees, grounds maintenance practices, and ways to make improvements to your school site.
Nebraska Green Schools can be completed in a variety of settings – science or STEM classes, Green Teams, after-school clubs, HAL course – just to name a few.
Students work on investigations at their own pace. Incentives for each award level are offered!
Schools will be able to network with other schools around the state participating in the program.
Three award levels: Silver, Gold and Emerald awards. Once a school is awarded the Emerald award, they will become a certified Green School by the Nebraska Department of Education.
To get started, register your school for the Nebraska Green Schools course by contacting Jennifer Swerczek, 402-379-6916 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Sara Cooper, 402-471-4329 or email@example.com.
Engage your students in Green School Pathways! All activities will give you a preview of what can be accomplished when you register and begin working towards becoming a Nebraska Green School! (Use pathway number in search bar above.)
Energy Investigation - Pathway E420
School Site - Pathway E430
Water Investigation - Pathway E440
Environmental Quality - Pathway E450
Waste and Recycling - Pathway E460