Environmentally Sustainable Practices
Virginia Beach City School District

Virginia Beach City Public Schools outlines sustainability provisions that reduce environmental impact in their business and noninstructional operations.

Renew our Schools
Resource Central

Renew our Schools is a month-long competition empowering students to design and inspire behavioral and energy usage changes in their schools and communities. Top performing schools win up to $20,000 o make sustainable changes to their school buildings.

Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act
House - Energy and Commerce

Passed in the House in 2017, this bill (H.R.627) directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to create a list of available programs and financing mechanisms that can be used to develop, finance, and retrofit projects for schools.


Enevo, a USGBC member organization, is a technology-driven waste management company. They help organiation reduce and manage their waste (and waste-related operational costs).

Cost and Benefits of Reusable Food Ware in Schools: A Case Study
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Two Minnetonka middle schools received a grant to move to reusable food ware and improve their cafeteria waste sorting stations. This case study reviews the goals of the project, how to make a change, the results (first year, and estimated over three years), and reflections after a two-year trial period.

Organics Recycling Best Practices Guide
Hennepin County Organics Recycling

Hennepin County's Organic Recycling Guide is a comprehensive overview of organic recycling programs in schools. It reviews the costs, benefits, and process, and implementation strategies for creating an organic recycling program.

K-12 School Food Recovery Roadmap

Green professionals from San Diego Unified and Oakland Unified school districts detail their journeys to impement surplus food reduction and recovery in their communities. This roadmap outlines strategies for engaging stakeholders, securing funding, and action steps for food recovery programs.

Database of Energy Efficient Product Manufacturers
Building Clean

Building Green, a project of the Blue Green Alliance, is a comprehensive list of energy efficient product manufacturers, organized by sector (appliance, HVAC, insulation, etc.). This is useful for market research prior to making investments and is especially helpful if you are looking for more details on the energy effciency, material makeup and location of manufacture.

Zero Waste Guide
Boston Public Schools

The Boston Public Schools Zero Waste Guide guide outlines zero waste best practices, offers suggestions to increase recycling in your school, and builds zero waste and sustainability knowledge. 

Green Gloves
Oakland Unified School District Food & Nutrition Services Department

The OUSD Green Gloves Program is reducing the environmental footprint of our schools by decreasing and sorting our waste through the efforts of Nutrition and Custodial Services staff. Our Green Gloves schools improve student learning, safeguard children's health, save money, and empower kids. We want our children, their schools and our community to be healthy and uphold sustainable practices!

Construction Waste Recycling Guidelines
Lincoln Public Schools

Lincoln Public School's 2016 Construction Waste Guidelnes model responisble waste reduction and management practices. This document outlnes district standrads for all sectors: HVAC, plumbing, electricity, etc.

DCPS Recycles!
DC Public Schools

This resource outlines waste management procedures for DC public schools (2015-16). It provides cheat sheets for establishing responsibilities, setting up supplies, and establishing pick-up services.

The Carton Council
The Carton Council

Formed in 2009, the Carton Council is an industry organization committed to grow carton recycling in the US. By promoting both recycling technology and local collection programs, as well as growing awareness that cartons are recyclable, we work to limit the number of cartons that become waste. We’ve had significant success in the past seven years, helping to bring carton recycling to over 64 million households or more than 60% of them in the United States.

Soil Story Middle School Curriculum
Kiss the Ground

Kiss the Ground teamed up with Life Lab to develop a middle school curriculum that allows students to understand the vital role soil plays on our planet. The 5-lesson curriculum, written to serve as supplemental material for the Next Generation Science Standards, teaches about the carbon cycle, photosynthesis, soil science, various agricultural practices, and concludes with a regenerative soil-based project.

Stop School Pests
IPM Institute of North America

Students spend a major part of each day in school – at least 25 percent of the time they’re awake. An unhealthy school environment can have a profound effect on their health and well-being in the short- and long-term. Stop School Pests training for schools, a free, self-guided training package aimed at K-12 staff who are involved in the environmental health of schools is available online. Developed by a team of IPM experts, this training will benefit any K-12 school district that wants to improve their school’s environmental health by reducing hazards from pests and pesticides. The website hosts individualized trainings for nine different categories of school staff and teaches how to address issues associated with school pests, such as asthma, absences, and pesticide exposure using an Integrated Pest Management approach.

Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Practices
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Practices is a framework of scientific practices that scientists use in the field. This guide was developed to help K-12 teachers introduce their students to the methodologies used for scientific field research and guide them through the process of conducting field investigations using these scientific practices. In particular, this guide demonstrates how to use descriptive and comparative methodologies for field studies typically used in the environment and natural resource sectors. The guide has been updated to address how the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards may be used to integrate field investigation scientific practices with real world content through crosscutting concepts that practicing field scientists and engineers tackle in their role as professionals.

Green Design Lab
Solar One

A program of Solar One, Green Design Lab is a K-12 education program that promotes experiential learning opportunities through science, technology, and design. Solar One’s programs increase environmental knowledge about energy, water, materials science, and food while fostering sustainable behaviors and stewardship. Using the school as a learning laboratory, Solar One’s K-12 programs introduce students to hands-on, real world experiences, support the development of creative thinking and problem solving skills, and turn students into advocates for sustainability in their schools and communities.

The Green Design Lab program delivers professional development opportunities to teachers; offers a curriculum package centered on the school building as a learning laboratory; and provides resources including videos, worksheets, and a toolkit for educators.

Healthy Schools Water Access Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This set of resources compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) focuses on improving access to safe, clean drinking water in K-12 schools. Resources include CDC’s toolkit, Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools, as well as tools and information from federal partners including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

National Drinking Water Alliance
National Drinking Water Alliance

The National Drinking Water Alliance’s (NDWA) mission is to ensure that all children in the U.S. can drink safe water in the places where they live, learn, and play. NDWA works to build access and consumption through inter-related action areas: research, policy, safety, access, and education. Resources for K-12 schools are broken out on the website around each of NDWA’s action areas.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

ThinkWater is a national campaign supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help people of all backgrounds and ages think and care deeply about water. It does so by applying systems thinking to existing water education and research efforts and by actively engaging people in a new way around water issues. Resources for educators include videos, infographics, and lesson plans.

Teaching with Historic Places in Libraries
National Park Service

The National Park Service supports libraries and librarians in-person and online. Even if a library is too far from a park or the park is not able to provide a ranger, the wide range of resources available at NPS.gov can help capture the imaginations and deepen the curiosity of library patrons.

Librarians may use historic sites found on the National Register of Historic Places to make meaningful programs by connecting book topics with historic places, including local historic sites. Programs grounded in a real historic place take advantage of a patron's existing knowledge or emotional connections. The result can be a powerful library experience.

Good, Clean, and Fair School Garden Curriculum
Slow Food USA

Slow Food USA is currently developing a three part Good, Clean, and Fair School Garden Curriculum. The “Good” Curriculum focuses on enjoying the pleasures of healthy and delicious food; the “Clean” Curriculum teaches gardening for sustainability; and the “Fair” Curriculum (still in development) covers producing food that respects economic and social justice. Together, they provide a full range of activities centered around the garden, including tasting activities, cooking with garden produce, sustainable gardening, studying food systems, and activities that promote access to affordable fresh food. Learn more about Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program and download the “Good” and “Clean” curricula here.

Out Teach Professional Development
Out Teach: Go Outside Expectations

Out Teach works with districts and schools to create the effective professional development programs and rich outdoor learning environments they need to unlock student performance with the power of outdoor experiential learning.

World`s Largest Lesson
Project Everyone

The World’s Largest Lesson was developed by Project Everyone to introduce the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development to children and young people and unite them in action to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change. Visit the website to learn more about this project, find resources and lesson plans for each of the 17 goals, and to learn how you can join this global effort.

Natural Inquirer
U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, and Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association

The Natural Inquirer program produces a variety of science education materials for PreK through grade 12. Natural Inquirer products are produced by the Forest Service, the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA), and other cooperators and partners. Their website includes lesson plans, activities, and resources for teachers as well as games, videos, and activities for kids.

Publications include:
(1) Investi-gator is a free science journal written for upper elementary level students. The journal follows the same format as Natural Inquirer just written at a different level.
(2) The Natural Inquirer Reader series was developed to meet the needs of PreK through second grade students. Each Reader focuses on one Forest Service scientist and their research. Readers contain glossaries, activities, and are correlated to National Education Standards.

Jane Goodall`s Roots and Shoots
The Jane Goodall Institute

Founded in 1991, Jane Goodall`s Roots and Shoots is a youth service program for young people of all ages. Through this program, youth lead local change through service campaigns while developing skills and traits of compassionate leaders. Students can choose from one of the suggested campaigns on the website or design their own. Educators will find all the tools and resources they need to implement a Roots & Shoots service campaign at their school and can search the website for projects that have been completed by students around the worlds.

Zero Energy Resources Hub
U.S. Department of Energy

A zero energy building, or ZEB, is an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the onsite renewable exported energy.