Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute is the world’s leading nonprofit dedicated to innovation inspired by nature. Biomimicry offers an exciting project-based approach that helps teachers blend STEM and environmental education in creative, hands-on lessons students love. The Biomimicry Institute helps educators and organizations bring biomimicry into their teaching by providing curriculum and training, networking opportunities, and content development support. Learn more about our services and visit the online library, AskNature, for the resources and information you need to bring biomimicry into your teaching practice.

Fayette County Public Schools E=USE^2 Report
Fayette County Public Schools

"E=USE^2 = Education Leads to Understanding Sustainability, Energy and the Environment

This plan was created to empower students to create change through enduring improved sustainability by equipping school and community stakeholders with the tools and knowledge to preserve our natural and fiscal resources.

San Antonio ISD Buildings, Grounds, and Equipment Management
San Antonio Independent School District

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that every effort is made in the District to conserve energy and natural resources, as well as to reduce the costs assoicated with the consumption of these resources.

Virginia Beach Emissions Reduction Plan
Virginia Beach City Public Schools

In 2011, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) published its first Greenhouse Gas Inventory. In an effort to understand and reveal the magnitude of various emission sources within the operational control of VBCPS, this inventory catalogued emissions from calendar years 2006-2010, and was analyzed from a variety of perspectives. This Emissions Reduction Plan is the next step in the effort to reduce the Division's emissions to zero.

NYC Board of Education Resolution
NYC Board of Education

Resolution calling upon New York State Department of Education to include lessons on climate change in K-12 schools' curriculum.

Horry County Schools Energy Management Checklist for Unoccupied Buildings
Horry County Schools

A guide for energy savings during the summer and other off-periods during the school year.

National Youth Gardening Symposium
American Horticultural Society

Every year, the National Children and Youth Garden Symposium brings together ducators, landscape architects and desingers, staff at botanic gardens, non-profits, and mroe from around the country who are all working to egange children with gardens and the natural world that surrounds them.

School Health Publications
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

The NACDD website offers a variety of resources to improve school health and well-being. Included are toolkits, policy outlines, and model programs.

International Society of Sustainability Professionals
International Society of Sustainability Professionals

Empowering professionals to advance sustainability in organizations and communities around the globe. The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association of sustainability professionals.

Landscape Architecture Case Study Briefs
Landscape Architecture Foundation

The Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs are a searchable database of over 100 exemplary built projects with quantified environmental, economic and social benefits.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Sustainable Purchasing Best Practices Guide
Virginia Beach City Public Schools

This guide from Virginia Beach City Public Schools aims to manage the procurement of essential goods and services by developing and maintaining the most efficient, cost-effective processes.

District of Columbia Public Schools Green Purchasing Guide
District of Columbia Public Schools

DC public schools are committed to procuring quality goods and services in a timely manner and reasonable cost to support sustainability goals.

Job Description: Sustainability Program Specialist
Sante Fe Public Schools

The Sustainability Specialist in Santa Fe Public Schools focuses on collaborating, developing, and implementing the district sustainability plan as well as energy efficiency and waste management projects.

*Job descriptions on Green Strides are provided as examples for other schools/districts to learn about how sustainability-related jobs can be designed and advertised. 

Job Description: Director of Energy & Sustainability
Detroit Public Schools

Sample job description for a Director of Sustainability position. The director manages sustainability programs and assesses impact while balancing district objectives.

*Job descriptions on Green Strides are provided as examples for other schools/districts to learn about how sustainability-related jobs can be designed and advertised. 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
Virginia Beach City Public Schools

This report summarizes the process used to develop the green house gas inventory, reports on the findings of the inventory, and outline the next steps for VBCPS to take on their path to carbon neutrality.

School Board Advocacy Toolkit
USGBC: Center for Green Schools

Use this document as a reference guide when you want to approach your local school baord about a school sustainability issue. It's formatted to follow basic steps you might take in an advocacy effort.

Teaching Green Buildings: Five Theoretical Perspectives
University of Missouri

This report draws on research to discuss 5 potential roles for Teaching Green Buidlings (TGBs): symbol, science museum, 3D textbook, call to action, and place.

Comprehensive Maintenance Plan
Hartford Public Schools

Hartford's comp. plan is a tool to develop and improve the facilities maintenance program. The incuded analysis and conclusions serve as guidelines of priorities for capital improvement program.

Why Sustainability Makes Good Economic Sense
Association of School Business Officials International

The desire to build schools that addressed indoor air quality and natural daylight evolved into national recognition for sustainability. Sustainability is more than socially responsible, it's the smart way to run a business.

Water Access Policy
Boston Public Schools

Boston Public Schools new Water Access Policy is supporting healthy habits. The policy addresses improved access to water, institutes a transparent plan for ensuring ongoing assessment and reporting of water quality, and makes sure that all students in Boston have access to quality potable drinking water in accordance with state and federal law.

K-12 Cohort Call: Transportation Fleet Conversion
Better Buildings Challenge: The US Dept. of Energy

This 2017 webinar covers fuel cell buses in the US, the Clean Cities Program's alternative school bus case studies, and VW Settlement funds.

Green Cleaning Policy
Baltimore School District

Baltimore implemented a green cleaning policy to ensure clean, safe, and healthy environments for students, staff, and the community at large.

Guide to Improving School Employee Wellness
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

This guide provides a suggested process and resources for building or expanding an effective employee wellness initiative.

Sustainable Design Guidelines
Poudre School District

Poudre School District created a comprehensive guide to going green. This 90-page plan applies to the construction of new facilities and the renovation of existing structures.

Sustainability Plan
Adams 12 Five Star School District

Adams 12 Five Star Schools implemented a district-wide Sustainability plan to great success. Their policy is a model for schools looking to go green.

Scott County District Energy Management Plan
Scott County School District

Scott County Schools collaborated to reduce energy consumption in school buildings, classrooms, equipment, and vehicles. The plan covers temperature, building resource management, lighting, space heaters, water conservation, and new construction.

Energy and Resource Procedure
Hartford County Public School District

This document establishes specific criteria and requirements relating to energy use, conservation, and sustanability at all levels of district operations.