U.S. Dept. of Education – Green Ribbon Schools Pillars and Elements

one of the Three Pillars is Improved Health and Wellness

GREEN RIBBON SCHOOLS PILLARS AND ELEMENTS 

  1. Reduced Environmental Impact and Costs

    • Reduced or eliminated greenhouse gas emissions, using an energy audit or emissions inventory and reduction plan, cost-effective energy efficiency improvements, conservation measures, and/or on-site renewable energy and/or purchase of green power;
    • Improved water quality, efficiency, and conservation;
    • Reduced solid and hazardous waste production through increased recycling, reduced consumption, and improved management, reduction, or elimination of hazardous waste; and
    • Expanded use of alternative transportation, through active promotion of locally-available, energy-efficient options and implementation of alternative transportation supportive projects and policies.
  2. Improved Health and Wellness

    • An integrated school environmental health program based on an operations and facility-wide environmental management system that considers student, visitor, and staff health and safety in all practices related to design, construction, renovation, operations, and maintenance of schools and grounds; and
    • High standards of coordinated school health, including social and psychological services, nutrition, fitness, and quantity of quality outdoor time for both students and staff.
  3. Effective Environmental and Sustainability Education

    • Interdisciplinary learning about the key relationships between dynamic environmental, energy, and human systems;
    • Use of the environment and sustainability to develop STEM content knowledge and thinking skills to prepare graduates for the 21st century technology-driven economy; and
    • Development of civic engagement knowledge and skills and students’ application of such knowledge and skills to address sustainability and environmental issues in their community.

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About Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones is co-founder and Program Manager for the Children’s Environmental Health Institute. Prior to this, Ms. Jones spent 11 years with the Children’s Trust Fund of Texas as a Contract Specialist and Program Manager, and owned and operated a Bed and Breakfast. Ms. Jones enjoys raising her family of three young children and her volunteer work at her church and children’s schools.

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