Green Schools

Green Schools, Smart Schools

Green schools protect the environment, keep teachers and students healthy, and promote environmental literacy. Green schools significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs, improve student and teacher health, and enhance student motivation. With children spending two-thirds of their waking hours inside schools, benefits like pure air quality, healthy lighting, safe outdoor spaces, and high-quality cafeteria food aren’t fancy extras — they are essential.

What we teach inside our schools is equally important. Did you know only 30% of middle school and 45% of high school science teachers understand the extent of the scientific consensus on climate change? The time is now to prepare the next generation of environment leaders with the optimism, education, and tools they need to lead us. Earth Day Network advocates for universal climate education in the U.S. and around the world.

What Earth Day Network is Doing to Green Schools and Support Environmental Education

The first Earth Day in 1970 started as an environmental teach-in. Since then, Earth Day Network has been working to equip students and educators with knowledge and materials to lead the environmental movement and inspire the next generation of sustainable leaders.

Earth Day Network’s K-12 education program provides resources for educators, standards-based environmental lesson plans and hands-on activities to teach students about environmental protections, ending plastic pollution, protecting species, understanding climate science, climate change impacts and solutions, and more. This includes Earth Day Network’s Climate Education Week Toolkit, which we create and disseminate as a free resource for educators and students across the globe.

At the university level, we engage college students and educators from more than 800 colleges and universities in MobilizeU for Higher Education.

For the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, we are planning a Global Teach-In to reach more than 500 million students worldwide.

What You Can Do to Green Schools and Educate the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders

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Download our 2018 educator toolkits: toolkit for K-12; MobilizeU toolkit for college.

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Global Environmental and Climate Literacy Campaign

Our Commitment to Students by Earth Day 2020

MobilizeU for Higher Education

We’re bringing the environmental movement to college campuses

Green Ribbon Schools Award

Department of Education’s first initiative for greening public and private schools

The Importance of Green Schools

Earth Day Network is working to green schools and prepare the next generation of environmental leaders.

Interactive Textbook: The Story of Climate Change

The first of its kind, interactive digital textbook for middle school students

Climate Education Resources

National Civic Education Project

Personal responsibility creates the democratically active citizenry we need

National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week October 15–19, 2018