Green Schools: First Steps for Students


Ask your parents to pack you a no-waste lunch, putting food in reusable containers so you don’t have to waste paper and plastic.

Turn lights off when leaving the classroom for recess, activities, and at the end of each school day.

Turn off electronic devices such as computers at the end of the school day.

Ask your teacher to set computers to go into sleep mode after a short period of time to save energy.

Make sure that paper is recycled and there is a paper recycling bin in the classroom.

If your bathroom has paper towels, use only one. Ask your teacher if you can open the windows instead of using air conditioning.

Ask your teacher to use both sides of paper for assignments and tests.

If you're close enough, talk to your parents about walking or biking to school a few days a week.

Ask your teacher if your next field trip can be to a nature center or park.

Ask your teacher if you can read books about the environment and conservation in class or for extra credit assignments.

Ask if your school can have an assembly for Earth Day about ways to save energy and resources and protect the planet.


Start an environmental club (or join an existing one).

Look into starting an organic school gardening program.

Look into starting a composing program for food waste in the cafeteria.