Green Project Ideas...

Ian Somerhalder Foundation

Ideas of Green School Projects

Please ensure you talk with your principal, teachers and parents about your ideas.

1. Ban plastic water bottles from the classroom and keep a tally of how many water bottles you would have used. At the end of the year or at the end of every semester calculate how many trees you saved.

2. Talk to your school officials about putting in compost bins. Use the organic waste to maintain the school‘s landscaping. You can even build and design compost bins yourself.

3. Start an environmental club at your school. Take on some of the local communities environmental issues.

4. Visit a recycling center or an arboretum full of all native plant species. This will help you to learn what plants are native and not-native to your home. You could also visit a nature conservatory or a wildlife sanctuary. At these places you can learn about different animals and what you can do to protect their habitat.

5. Start a recycling program at your school, if your school does not already have one.

6. Set up a rain barrel and use it to water plants instead of a hose.

7. Ask your school officials if you can change all of the schools light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs. If you cannot change the whole school, just change the one in your classroom.

8. Have each student in the class pick an environmental topic, then each school day have a different student present their topic. Then have a class discussion on the topic. When all the students have presented pick new topics that have not yet been presented. Depending on how many students there are in the class you may be able to do this eight times.

9. If other teachers will let your class present the topics in other classrooms do this as well. This is a great way to share your knowledge with the other students.

10. Have a school wide clean-up day. Pick one day each school year and pick all the trash inside and outside the school and recycle what you can. I bet you will be surprised how much trash is really on your school grounds.

11. Plant a garden full of only native plants. Look up what plants are native to your home here

12. Plant an organic vegetable garden from which you can pick and eat your own vegetables.

13. Institute an Environmental Day at your school. This can be done like a science fair. Each student who wants to participate should create a poster board on a current environmental issue facing the world. Play environmental games and have employees of the E.P.A. or a local conservation group come and speak to your school. Talk to local businesses about donating rain barrels or compost bins. Have each classroom paint one and auction them off. Use the money to put other environmental projects in action. A great day for this is Earth Day-April 22nd.

14. Set up a chart and have different classrooms go around unplugging all electronics that are not in-use. If all classrooms participate each classroom should only have to do this once or even twice a month.

15. If you want to take on a big project, research products with Energy Star. Either raise the money by fundraising or if your school is already remodeling talk to your school officials about changing all appliances, electronics, windows and roofs to products certified with Energy Star. These are just examples there are tons of categories of products that can be Energy Star certified.

16. If anything in your school is leaking talk to your school officials about fixing it. A leaky toilet can leak 200 gallons of water a day. Talk about a lot of wasted water. If your school cannot afford to fix the leaks put together a fundraiser to raise the money as a class.

17. Replace all your schools paper with recycled paper. You can also do this for paper towels, not pads, carpeting, and the list goes on. Again you will probably have to fundraise or find a donor to supply the money for the project. But think of all the trees and animals’ habitats you will save. It will be worth it!!

18. Set up an electronic recycling station at your school where people can recycle broken cell phones, mp3 players, and any other broken electronics. At the end of every month or couple months take the supplies to an electronic recycling program. Usually this costs money so you will have to set up some kind of school discount or an agreement with the electronic recycling facility.

19. Set up a charity box in your school. Instead of throwing out your old toys, clothes, books, and electronics give them to a boy or girl who needs them. This is Green because those items would have ended up in a landfill otherwise. There are charity drop boxes all over town but you can also set up a time to have a certain charity come pick up the stuff every month or couple of months.

20. Research where your school buys its food for the cafeteria. If they don’t already buy local or organic produce and meat talk to your school officials. They should want to change this it is better for the environment and for you.

21. Create a rain garden at your school. Research is going to be a big part of this project. Rain Garden Network has a newsletter that may be helpful. Try contacting your regional or state E.P.A or a local conservation organization or universities for a manual on rain gardens. This is a great idea for a senior class project.