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Go Green Initiative for School Leaders



The Go Green Initiative is the global leader in environmental education. The program is FREE to all schools, and offers a comprehensive approach to creating a "culture of conservation" on campus.

The Go Green Initiative is the global leader in environmental education. The program is FREE to all schools, and offers a comprehensive approach to creating a "culture of conservation" on campus.



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  • What Does It Mean to “Go Green”?
    It’s not enough to prepare our children for the future…
    We must prepare the future for our children.
  • I learned to be “green” in the Navy
    If you can teach a sailor to recycle, surely you can teach a child
    …and a parent.
  • Who Should Be Involved in Environmental Education?
    It’s an “All Hands” Operation
  • Maybe Curriculum Isn’t the Only Way…
  • The Go Green Initiative operates in 1,293 cities in all 50 U.S. states and 39 countries worldwide
  • What Makes the GGI so Popular?
    …and it’s FREE to all schools!!!
  • That’s nice, but…So What???
    Is the environment better off because of the Go Green Initiative?
  • Since 2005, GGI schools have kept over 10 million lbs. of recyclables out of landfills, which conserved the following:
  • What is the Function of American Public Schools?
  • How Will “Going Green” Benefit My School District?
    • Save money on utility bills by saving energy and water
    • Save money on waste hauling bills by pulling out recyclable material
    • Save money on purchasing by encouraging a culture of conservation and no waste
    • Generate revenue by profit sharing with recycling brokers
  • How Will “Going Green” Benefit My Students?
    • They will learn how to properly manage natural resources from their adult role models
    • They will learn a core competency for the 21st century – how individual actions affect the environment for everyone
    • They will benefit from all the natural resources saved, and the reduction of pollutants in the air around their community
  • How will “Going Green” Benefit the Community?
    • More people = fewer natural resources
    • Schools are a significant source of waste generation in most communities
    • Schools can have a long-term impact
    • Schools act as a catalyst for the rest of the community
  • Go Green in the Short Term
    • Communicate “Why” to All Stakeholders
    • Recycle
    • Set up a profit sharing agreement w/ hauler or broker
    • Ensure student participation through student benefit, i.e. let the profit from recycling go to student activities
    • Measure and publicize environmental impact
    • Reduce energy usage
  • Go Green in the Long Term
    • Create a culture of conservation
    • Reduce the amount of consumption and waste
    • Create a healthy environment on campus
    • Protect indoor & outdoor air quality on campus
    • Consider locally grown food for cafeteria
    • Compost food scraps
    • Utilize renewable energy
  • How am I supposed to pay for this?
    • Profit sharing from recycling
    • Cost avoidance from lower utility & waste hauling bills
    • Grants, Sponsors, and Eco-friendly fundraisers
    • ***The Go Green Initiative is free to schools***
    • Recycling
    • Start with your waste hauler - Appendix A of Planning Guide
    • List of local recycling brokers – Google “recycling brokers San Gabriel Valley”
    • Energy efficiency and conservation
    • Edison
    • Solar financing
    • Curriculum/General Education
    • EPA & DOE – your tax $$ at work
    • U.S. EPA’s portal for students and educators: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/students.htm; the U.S. Dept of Energy site for teachers: http://www.energy.gov/foreducators.htm; thee The U.S. Dept of Energy site for students: http://www.energy.gov/forstudentsandkids.htm; and the National Environmental Education Foundation site: http://www.neefusa.org/programs/index.htm
    • Partner organizations
    • PTA
    • DrinkUp
    • Local CRRA affiliates
    Resources to Help You