Presented by: Christina Stallings Roberson July 22, 2011, John Marshall HS, OKC PS August 5, 2011 – Casady School, OKC August 12, 2011 – Fulton Resource Center, Tulsa Welcome to the Oklahoma Green Schools Program
10:30 – Group: PLT School Investigations on Energy and
Environmental Quality/ Tool Kit Demonstrations
12:00 – Lunch and Networking
12:30 – PLT School Investigation Exploration Activity
Waste & Recycling
2:00 – Concluding Activity
Many OK educators expressed the desire to have a program to support, promote and recognize “green” activities within their schools. This state committee was assembled in 2008 to coordinate the Environmental, Educational and Energy resources from governmental agencies, academia, organizations and private industry/utilities to benefit Oklahoma Schools. Who Are We ? Why Are We Here? Why Now?
20% of America goes to school every day and ¼ of those are in unhealthy buildings
Cost-effective enhancement of student performance
On average, a GS can save $100,000 per year which = 2 teachers, 200 computers or 5000 text books
GS is a healthy learning environment with correct lighting and safe air
Average asthma reduction of 38.5% in green buildings
Proper lighting increases student achievement
Financial benefits of greening schools outweigh the cost
Green school (GS) – a school building or facility that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving resources, energy and money. (USGBC)
To educate and empower Oklahoma students and teachers to make a difference in their schools and communities through an increased understanding of environmental issues leading to stewardship of resources and personal responsibility. Oklahoma GreenSchools Mission Statement
The goal of the program is to help schools identify opportunities to “green” your buildings and operations ranging from the solid waste you generate, to the indoor environment you provide, and to the energy and supplies you consume. The OK GreenSchools (GS) committee, website and listserv are resources to help each school achieve its own goals. The program has been divided into three tracks: Track 1 : School Investigations (student led) Track 2 : Energy Star for Schools (EPA certification) Track 3 : LEED for Schools (both retrofits and new construction) Schools can participate in any of the tracks, at any time. Program Description
Project Learning Tree (pick up a brochure on the ‘Resource’ table)
Award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT, a program of the American Forest Foundation and sponsored in the state by OK Forestry Services, is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, incorporating all elements of both the natural and built environments. PLT continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence teaching students “how to think not what to think”.
Track 1: School Investigations Project Learning Tree (PLT)
This track includes environmental education and service learning projects, as well as opportunities for low level funding of green projects. Also included are the student led Project Learning Tree (PLT) School Investigations in:
Service-learning experiences require both components; they are age-appropriate and engaging to the participants and of observable value to the community; they contribute to the participants understanding of civic life and address an identified need in the community (school).
Service-learning activities have clearly-stated objectives for the participants, are integrated with the curriculum, and formally recognized; school board policies, student records, SDE.
Service-learning involves and engages youth with every aspect of the process from planning and decision-making to evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the experience with gentle guidance from adults. (feedback, iterative)
Service-learning experiences foster a consideration of differing viewpoints and the group decision-making skills to work toward a consensus.
Service-learning experiences involve participants with a variety of talents (professional/business and scientific, non-traditional and community-based organizations) coming together to establish a shared vision, to set common goals to address community needs, and to implement a plan of action.
Service-learning experiences include the on-going processes of investigating community needs, preparing for service, action, reflection, demonstration of learning and impacts, and celebration.