SMART Schools® Toolkit

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SMART Schools® Toolkit   

(Sustainability Metrics And Resource Tools) 

The Toolkit is organized according to the 3 Action Tracks of the GSA Sustainability Commitment, the criteria for membership to the GSA:

TRACK I: Reduce Our Ecological & Climate Impact

TRACK II: Educate & Empower Our Community

TRACK III: Connect To Nature & Place

The Checklist throughout each section of this Toolkit reflects the suggested Actions listed on  the Member Profile Page. Whether or not you are creating a Member Profile Page, the Toolkit is a roadmap to guide your greening efforts.

Learn how you can save money, reduce GHG emissions and energy, water, & waste, and become healthier and more sustainable. Each Section contains: descriptions, case studies and related resources provided by member schools.

The Toolkit is an on-going interactive document, developed by schools for schools to share resources and best practices. It is a living document, updated on an on-going basis by GSA Member Schools and Corporate and NGO partners. If you don't see what you are looking for, feel free to add to it (this option is available to GSA members only, so please consider joining the Alliance!

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The challenges we face are daunting: climate change, resource depletion, pollution, habitat destruction, species extinction, and more. It is easy to feel overwhelmed, but you can do your part to create a brighter future and start thinking differently about how you use energy and water, generate waste, consume food, construct buildings, purchase supplies, landscape and learn.start thinking differently about how you use energy and water, generate waste, consume food, construct buildings, purchase supplies, landscape and learn.

Schools come at sustainability from many directions - ranging from the top-down Commitment of an entire school district to the bottom-up Commitment that starts from a single individual. A private school with 100 students and several buildings needs a different plan than an urban school with 2,000 students in multiple schools under one roof. A school starting out with "turn-off-the-light" stickers is different from one that has already installed electric vehicle charging stations under their photovoltaic covered parking. Your sustainability plan will reflect your school's unique needs.  We hope you will use this toolkit to be an agent of change.

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