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Green Schools

The Importance of Green Schools

Green schools protect the environment, keep teachers and students healthy and promote environmental literacy.

At Earth Day Network, we are committed to greening every school in America within a generation. 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 are essential.

Earth Day Network recognizes five pillars of opportunity for schools to help the environment and improve the mental and physical health of students.

  • Facilities
  • Food
  • Schoolyard & Outdoors
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Education

Earth Day Network, along with the U.S. Department of Education, is a founding partner Green Ribbon Schools, a program that inspires and recognizes schools, districts and higher education institutions that work to

  1. Reduce environmental impact and costs;
  2. Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  3. Provide effective environmental and sustainability education

Find out what schools in your area have done to improve their infrastructure and increase student health by signing up for our Educator Network Newsbites. The ENN newsletter includes exciting stories, models and tips for how to green your school!

We love to hear about the projects you and your audiences work on. Email us at [email protected] with photos, videos, stories and quotes about what you and your students are doing for Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary! In your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts use #EarthDay2020 and tag us @EarthDayNetwork.

We might highlight your work!