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 or Sara Cooper, 402-471-4329 or

Check out the different award levels and how to become a certified Nebraska Green School!

Check out the perks that come with participating in the Nebraska Green Schools program. 

What will students do in the investigations? Check out this interactive!

Discover what action projects can lead to a healthier, more efficient school environment!

Green Schools Tool Kit: Students will need diagnostic tools to investigate energy usage and efficiency at their school. A few of the items are needed for the water investigation and the waste and recycling investigation.

Kit includes:

  • Light Meter
  • CO2 Meter – Measures CO2, Temperature, and Relative Humidity (%RH)
  • Infrared Thermometer
  • Western Sportsman Spring and Hook Scale
  • Centigrade Field Thermometer
  • Watt Meter – Kill-a-Watt Electricity Load Meter and Monitor
  • AM Conservation Flow Meter Bag
  • Discriminator Ballast Tester

NPPD will loan out tool kits to schools in our service area. If not in our service area, your local utility may have the tools available. Request form can be found at

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

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