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Little School House on the Green Prairie

Little School House on the Green Prairie

A school in Ohio acts and teaches green.

October 25, 2007 —

How many students does it take to change 15,734 incandescent light bulbs (energy wasting) to energy efficient compact fluorescents? Well, either one very dedicated student with super-articulated wrists or a whole herd of green-minded kids. Actually, it took kids from 26 schools in two southern California counties to do this illuminating feat. They’re still doing it, carrying on a program from the greening of their schools into their homes. The green schools movement is riding a wave from coast to coast this year—picking up enormous speed over the past 3 years after universities and colleges started taking environmental practices as seriously as athletics. In December 2007, the first California Green Schools Summit is gathering in Pasadena, with 2000 school administrators, teachers and supervisors expected to attend.

The green school movement is working to change schools—from elementary to highschool—into responsibly green edifices. No-idling zones are being established for parents dropping off kids, maintenance cleansers are going natural, grounds are going organic, energy wattage to the efficient zone, waste reduced, recycling everything possible, buildings redesigned. And the students are all integrated into this rich stew of greening. They take on wetlands conservation and other large extra-curricular projects. One high school in Long Island, NY, have the seniors take a pledge to weigh the environmental consequences of their future lives.

Some educators and supervisors complain that the green effort in schools takes away from education basics, gives false perceptions of environmental urgencies and wastes taxpayers’ money. But these carpings are being overwhelmed by educators and administrators who see an incredible power in schools’ greening.

If you are moving to a new location or looking for a public or private school, take the time to research the schools and talk to the school administration to determine their attitude towards green schools. If your kids are already in a school, visit any of the green schools websites and talk to the school about adopting some practices.

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