Green Team Network

Students working together to make their school and local community more sustainable.

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The Green Team Network is a free program that provides a framework and a collaborative network for school communities in Whatcom County to take steps towards making their school campus more sustainable, and educating leaders as to why it’s important.

What is a green team? A green team is an organized group of students who work together to make their school and/or local community more sustainable. They collaborate to find and implement solutions to issues around sustainability.

Why start a Green Team?
  • Join the thousands of schools nationwide that are working together with their school communities to help lessen their impact on the environment
  • Equip students and green team leaders with knowledge and expertise to assess and improve the environmental impacts of their school.
  • Allow students to take action by applying lessons learned to authentic real-world situations.
  • Incorporate sustainability into classroom learning.
  • Be a part of the climate crisis solution!
  • Help our Whatcom County schools become model environments of sustainability!
How does it work?

Schools build a green team – this could be an after-school club, a classroom or a grade band, or school-wide. RE Sources provides: Recruitment materials, training to advisor or teacher running team.

Green team assesses the school’s sustainability in one of the following areas: waste, water, energy, transportation, school grounds and gardens.  RE Sources provides: Surveys and guidance through this process.
Note: If a class or grade band is a school’s green team RE Sources will provide connections and resources to curricula.

Green team picks a pathway and project.  RE Sources provides: Guidance and tools to complete action and an equipment library for some projects.

Green teams educate their peers, their school and their community. RE Sources provides: tools to assist – media kit, all school assembly script, etc.

Green teams reflect on impacts made and what were essential learnings. Green teams provide RE Sources with an account of the project or a “report card”.

Green teams get certified! RE Sources provides a framework of rewards with levels of participation.

Watch our video to learn more!

And it’s free!

Thanks to generous donors as well as government agencies working to protect our natural resources:

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Leadership skills
Elevate student voice
Awareness of social & environmental issues
Sense of responsibility
Authentic learning
Advocacy & organizing experience
Connection to STEM careers

School Community
Pride & respect for the school
Cleaner cafeteria and classrooms
Commitment to service learning
Culture of sustainability
Financial savings

Authentic learning
Connection to ESE and NGSS
Builds student self esteem
Opportunity to build community
Allow for transdisciplinary learning

Reduce natural resource consumption
Protect and restore natural areas
Create a healthy school campus

The Green Team Network will support your school’s green team with tools and resources in order to make authentic equitable change at your school. From choosing a project all the way to telling the world about it, RE Sources will be supporting you every step of the way.

Nothing. Thanks to generous donors as well as government agencies working to protect our natural resources.

Any elementary or middle school in Whatcom County

Grade bands or school wide participation help to move the learning into the classroom, but really, two students and a school-approved adult are all it takes to participate! Teams need to be approved by the school’s administration.

You are only limited by your imagination. As every school is different in their sustainability endeavors, the goal is to reduce waste, conserve and keep water clean, and reduce carbon emissions. Examples of potential green team projects include:

  • Reducing the amount of food waste going to the landfill in the cafeteria
  • Planting native trees on your school grounds or removing invasive species
  • Building a rain barrel to capture rain to use for watering gardens
  • Reducing electricity consumption by powering down the school’s computers are other project ideas
  • Organizing a walk or bike to school day
  • Starting a poster campaign educating others on saving water and energy

This of course depends on the project. We would encourage teams to choose a sustainability goal that they can accomplish within a school year.

We don’t know, we haven’t done this before! But we are certain there are plenty – that’s why we started a network! So you can learn from each other.

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