Green Classrooms programs updated, using your input!

posted Apr 10, 2018, 3:56 PM by Simon Bakke   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 3:56 PM ]
By Isis Gamble, Green Classroom Coordinator (AmeriCorps)

Teachers—we hear you! Thanks to your awesome feedback on our Green Classrooms program, we have been able to update all three lessons to fit your classroom needs and better align with Next Generation Science Standards. The three Green Classroom programs are Waste PreventionEnergy Efficiency & Climate Change, and Water Conservation. Learn more about the curricula here.

The Sustainable Schools team here at RE Sources has been busy reviewing and updating the lessons. Our water conservation lesson is now more hands-on with more opportunities for visual learners, our waste prevention lesson now offers a deeper dive into concepts of reduction, and our energy efficiency lesson has incorporated new team-building excises through small group discussions. 

So far in the 2017-18 school year, 12 classes have participated in the energy efficiency program, 23 classes have participated in the water conservation program, and 35 classes have participated in the waste prevention program. It’s not too late to sign up for one of the three programs we offer and join the classrooms in Whatcom County taking the next step towards sustainability.

Spring is in full bloom which makes outdoor learning opportunities even more abundant. Join us in learning about our environment and sustainability in a meaningful, hands-on, and local way. Be the first to try out our newly updated lesson plans and action projects! 

Green Classrooms in action

Thirza Zagelow’s 5th grade class at Cascadia Elementary and Shannon Sampson’s 5th grade class at Columbia Elementary School have both completed all three of the Green Classrooms programs.

Each class did unique action projects, including making notebooks with recycled art covers, creating comic books to educate others about energy efficiency, and making droplet-shaped reminders water-saving reminders. Both classes had six one hour-long in-class visits and will be pilot groups for a new Healthy Communities project we are rolling out. Congrats to both classes for being champions of sustainability at their school!