What is a Green Steps School?
A Green Steps School is an environmental education and action initiative that recognizes schools in South Carolina who take annual sustainable steps toward becoming more environmentally responsible.
The school participate by completing specific project laid out in a lesson plan, including team members who will coordinate each project. It’s a team effort within the school.
Each project has 3 components:
- The students learn something about caring for the environment
- They do something that is beneficial for the environment
- Then they teach someone what they’ve learned
Projects are categorized as Conserve projects, Protect projects and Restore projects.
Conserve Projects encompass conserving energy, reducing, reusing or recycling or green purchasing.
Protect Projects include protecting air, water and litter prevention.
Restore Projects consist of restoring soil or habitats.
There are many project ideas under each category. So teachers can choose one that suits their school and their abilities. Or they can even create a new project.
The projects are easy to accomplish within the student’s realm of ability. And the projects are sustainable (or repeatable). As a 1st year participating school, we are aiming to accomplish Four projects from different categories. We have a mentor who works with us to keep us on track with our projects–and to verify when we’ve completed our initiatives.
REACH is the first homeschool group to participate in Green Steps. We are excited to learn about environmental issues and get our students involved. In addition to the educational endeavors, these projects are also community service oriented. We have several church locations where our students regularly meet for co-op classes. We are looking for projects that will bridge the relationship with our host location.
Green Steps works in partnership with Environmental Educator’s Association of South Carolina (EEASC). REACH has also joined EEASC so we can access teacher training workshops and lots of resources to develop our environmental awareness. We’ve learned about composting, monarch migration, solar ovens, solar energy, recycling, litter, air quality and more.
We would invite more homeschoolers (who are not members of REACH) to consider joining EEASC–either as a homeschool group or as an individual family. By joining EEASC, you don’t have to do all the projects of Green Steps, you can just learn about environmental education and get involved–a little or a lot–as much as you like!
Members of REACH who are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about getting involved with our environmental education initiatives.
Check out our Green Steps projects: 2016-2017
Protect: Air Quality–Plants in the Classroom improving indoor air quality.
Protect: Litter Prevention–Adopt-A-Highway
Conserve: Reuse–Plarn Project
Conserve: Recycle–Shoe Collection