April is Earth Awareness Month!

Earth Awareness Activities

Make every day Earth Day with activities recommended by GSA Members:

Make the Commitment. Join the GSA:

If your school hasn't done so already, join the GSA and become a Global environmental leader in your own community. In an assembly, sign the "Green Schools Climate Commitment" and join the growing number of "schools guiding schools" that are meeting individual sustainability goals together. Take the Pledge NOW!

Submit an Article to The Green Journal:

In partnership with Sidwell Friends and FEEN, write an essay about the challenges and accomplishments of your school as you move toward green solutions.

Walk, Ride Your Bike, or Take Public Transport to School:

  • Put out the bike rack in front of school to encourage bicycling
  • In cities, no cars or taxis to school
  • Give a Green sticker to everyone who walks or rides a bike

Coordinate “A-Weigh-The-Waste Week” at School:

Weigh the cafeteria waste during one week. Announce the results at an assembly and challenge the school to cut it by 25% the next week. (Take what you want, but eat what you take).

Organize A “Where Is Away?” Assembly:

Ask the kids to carry all their non-reyclable waste with them for a day. Then empty it all on a tarp in the auditorium for a special assembly. Discuss how much waste each student in every school creates each day and ask what it means when you “throw something away?” What is “away?”

100 Sheets of Paper Challenge:

Challenge each teacher and classroom to limit paper usage to 100 fresh sheets of paper for a week or for the whole month.

Natural Lighting Challenge:

Challenge each teacher and classroom to limit paper usage to 100 fresh sheets of paper for a week or for the whole month.

Conduct a [Week-Long] Green Cup Challenge™:

Measure and reduce your energy and carbon footprint for one week and compare it a weather-adjusted week from the prior year. Explore how many ways students can reduce their energy use. Involve upper school students in the number crunching.

Post A Giant Town Hall Pledge:

Instead of an individual pledge, make a community pledge. Students can decide the components of the Pledge, but some ideas include: Reduce consumption of Water (shorter showers); lights (turn them off); and paper (use both sides and buy recycled!); use a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water; and take what you want, but eat what you take!

Organize A Petition:

Write a letter to a local business or a government office asking them to increase environmental sustainability in a particular way. Get as many students, parents and friends to sign the petition before you send it.

Coordinate an Electronics or Battery Recycling Drive:

Have students bring in old electronics, computers, ink cartridges and batteries from home and recycle them.

Plant Trees or A Garden For Your School:

If you have space on campus, your own garden is a great way to produce organic food for the students or the cafeteria. Friday, April 30, 2010 is Arbor Day. Check out: Million Tree Campaign, UNEP Billion Tree Campaign, Arbor Day Foundation.

Create an “Eco Bowl”:

A fourth grader at The Allen-Stevenson School wanted to celebrate science and the environment, and launched the first "Eco Bowl." Does your school have a Spelling Bee or a GEO Bowl? How about an Eco Bowl? Ask the whole school to submit eco facts, divide the students into teams, and see who knows the most!

More!

Wear Green, watch a slide show or movie, invite a speaker, create art, or celebrate your person of the day, month or seek!