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Green@school

Green Resources for Schools

Want to green your school site? Enroll your school in the City’s new program and become the environmental change agents your campus needs to save resources & costs!

What is green@school?

green@school is a pilot program created by the City of Cupertino and initially funded through a Silicon Valley Energy Watch grant (a PG&E program) to empower students as environmental change agents on their school campuses, at home, and throughout their community to implement sustainability practices.  Adapted from the City’s existing award-winning GreenBiz program, green@school trains K-12 Cupertino students as eco-experts to help shepherd their school through a sustainability certification program and create a cleaner, greener and healthier school site.  Like businesses participating in the GreenBiz  program, schools will achieve certification by implementing energy conservation, wastewater, materials management, water conservation, pollution prevention, and health & wellness actions in the classroom and across campus. Beyond the end goal of certification, green@school aims to enhance science and humanities education and build students into civic leaders and stewards of our shared local environment. Our program is modeled to meet this goal by offering a pathway for schools to showcase their distinct environmental achievements using one program suite to ensure that associated utility cost savings and public health gains can be realized across their campuses and also at the District level!

Why participate? 

Cupertino’s green@school program offers a pathway for your school to showcase its environmental achievements and realize cost savings and public health gains across your campuses. By participating in green@school, you can expect to:
The program has five main aims and plenty of benefits!
  1. Reduce the environmental footprint and operating costs from participating schools’ waste, wastewater, water, energy, and transportation activities.
  2. Boost the health and wellness of students and staff by addressing indoor air quality and thermal comfort, and by encouraging healthy choices and alternative transportation.
  3. Enhance educational offerings and classroom experiences by sharing additional hands-on learning opportunities pertaining to local and global environmental issues.
  4. Reinforce STEM curriculum, build civic responsibility, and expose students to new careers. 
  5. Achieve the Bay Area Green Business Certification and gain recognition for your school! 
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What’s involved? 
 
So you want to go green@school-- but don’t know where to start? Here are the steps you and your school will go through when participating in green@school:
  • STEP 1: LEARN. The program jumpstarts with a primer on climate change and sustainability to introduce students to the overarching theme of the green@school program. Students are also introduced to the tools the g@s program offers that include the units, the certification checklists and the g@s process so they can be ready to investigate, advocate, and inspire! 
  • STEP 2: RESEARCH. Students begin investigating their schools to uncover the data and resources they will need to begin their campus-wide assessment.
  • STEP 3: ASSESS. Students act as environmental detectives on campus and conduct a comprehensive baseline assessment of the energy use, water use, resource recovery, and other environmental practices at their school.
  • STEP 4: PLAN. Students develop a customized action plan for their school of remaining sustainability measures to implement to achieve program certification.
  • STEP 5: ACT. Students take action by campaigning fellow students and staff, proposing changes to their school and district, and implementing measures!
  • STEP 6: VERIFY. The County verifies assessment findings and local regulatory compliance.
  • STEP 7: CERTIFY. The school receives Bay Area Green Business Program certification, students and staff are recognized for their remarkable efforts, and everyone on campus enjoys a healthier and more comfortable environment!
Green@School Partners – we can’t do it alone! 

Green@school would not be possible without the support of the following partners that offer free support services to our Cupertino schools: 
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What do our pilot schools have to say?

Since January 2013, the City of Cupertino has been working with two pilot schools, Hyde Middle School and Kennedy Middle School.  In the past year, the 64 students involved in green@school at Kennedy and Hyde became sustainability practitioners on their campus, conducting a comprehensive baseline assessment of their school’s operations and implementing energy, water, and resource saving initiatives across their campus. The pilot schools have engaged their leadership students, presented findings to principals and even District staff, helping to set the stage and access Prop 39 funding for energy efficiency upgrades!
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Student testimonials:

“Without the green@school program, I would not have been able to gain so much knowledge. Now, I know how to keep my school and home more environmentally friendly.”

“The program is very interactive and gives a lot of responsibility and freedom to the students, which I feel like teaches them a lot more.”

“It helped us leave a mark on our school.”

“We got to learn about how we can make a difference in the environment. We learned about the mistakes we make as humans and how we can fix them so we can have a better world to live in.”

How does my campus become a green@school

Do you have what it takes be a green@school?  Enroll your school in the City of Cupertino’s green@school program to find out!  You’ll likely be surprised to learn all that’s already happening to protect our shared environment on your campus! Contact the City’s green@school team at sustainability@cupertino.org or (408) 777-7603 for more information and to schedule our first visit. 

Want to get started on your own? Check out the City of Cupertino’s new comprehensive green@school toolkit equipped with the materials you’ll need to start a successful program:
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  • A handbook that outlines how to implement a green@school program, complete the sustainability certification process, and educate your students, faculty, and staff about sustainability and a healthy campus community
  • A Climate Change Primer that provides background knowledge on climate change and sustainability
  • Six educational units to guide teachers, club advisors, or other program coordinators through completing the sustainability certification process while also teaching their students about sustainability. Use these units to help your school get certified (each includes the relevant certification checklist), or simply pick and choose a few lessons that supplement the educational goals of your class or club.

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Last updated: 10/13/2016 10:18:58 AM