Green Teams

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Access the full Green Team Handbook here.

Here are a few highlights from the LPS Green Team Handbook:

What is a Green Team?

“Green Team” is a general term that applies to a collection of dedicated individuals who collaborate to raise awareness regarding environmental issues around a school community and take the initiative to promote sustainable programs. The group is in charge of coordinating functions and activities that will help the school reduce its environmental impact. Green teams also provide an opportunity for the members to learn about and engage in environmental actions and discover the importance of being an environmental steward. The group has the power to create and modify sustainability programs to fit the needs of their school and the responsibility of growing these programs to attain schoolwide buy-in .

Why are Green Teams important?

The green team serves as the central leader in creating a sustainable school community that takes action to reduce the school’s negative impact on the environment. Individual green teams have the responsibility of organizing projects throughout their building that encourage behavioral changes in the attempt of becoming an environmental model in the community. When a school adopts a sustainable project offered by the district, it is helpful to have a green team work with the LPS Sustainability Department to design a program that fits their individual needs. Passionate and creative green teams will also develop their own projects that address environmental concerns unique to their individual schools. Once a project is implemented, it becomes part of the green team’s duty to help grow the program and encourage participation from all students and staff.

Engaging your Green Team

Green teams can participate in activities that promote sustainability in their school and have the ability to create their own initiatives to further address any sustainable issues. Some examples of activities and initiatives the group might consider are included in the Green Schools Recognition Program:

  • Create signs for bathrooms to remind students to not waste paper towels.
  • Introduce composting containers in classrooms.
  • Start or become more involved in the school garden/outdoor classroom.
  • Hold a walk to school/bike to school day to raise awareness about how transportation negatively affects the environment.
  • Enhance the recycling program to separately collect various recyclable materials such as batteries, plastic bags, wrappers, printer cartridges, etc.

For more ideas and activities, see the provided list in the Green Schools Recognition Program.

Access the full Green Team Handbook here.