It’s that time of year again, when we give to those we appreciate most. Among the many people we appreciate in our lives, a student, educator or green school champion is bound to be on your list. What better way to show them how much you appreciate their dedication than with a gift that celebrates their work? Here’s a list of our favorite green gift ideas.
1. Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
Help those you love read the book that incited the movement for conservation and sustainability. Silent Spring uncovered the detrimental effects of industrial use of pesticides. Readers will be left feeling inspired and empowered to continue to make a difference in their schools.
2. Learning Lab subscription
For the teachers in your life, a year's subscription to Learning Lab is a perfect gift. With over 500 lessons available covering topics from water conservation to civic responsibility, teachers can implement quality sustainability lessons in their classrooms.
3. Reusable water bottle
Being a green schools leader would make anybody thirsty! Help your loved ones practice what they teach by giving them a reusable water bottle. Insulated water bottles that keep liquids cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours can be a great teaching tool for students, as well.
4. Green Schools Conference and Expo registration
For anyone who is interested in learning more about making their school more sustainable and healthier, consider registering them for the 2018 Green Schools Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado. The conference will leave attendees inspired and informed to make their schools even better.
5. DonorsChoose.org donation
Many educators work on projects that are funded through the crowdsourcing platform DonorsChoose.org, including those working on Green Apple Day of Service projects. What better way to show how much you appreciate their work and the work of your loved ones who work in schools than to help fund their school projects?
6. Solar-powered computer or phone charger
Today, charging your phone needs to be mobile and convenient. Solar-powered phone chargers are a great solution to that problem. They offer hours of charging using solar technology, and in the classroom, they serve as great teaching opportunity. Students can see firsthand the functionality and sustainability of solar power.
7. Green Classroom Professional Certification registration
Do you know someone who is looking for information on how to make their classroom healthier? Give them a registration for the online Green Classroom Professional Certification program, which provides training on how to make classrooms more comfortable and sustainable.
8. Gift card for recycled school supplies
Everyone knows that teachers are always in need of new school supplies. Handing the teachers in your life a gift card for a store that provides eco-friendly school supplies is a great way to show your appreciation this year.
9. Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation, by Sharon Gamson Danks
Getting students connected to their environment by bringing the classroom outside can be an effective teaching tool, but can be tricky. This book provides inspiring examples and guidance for building living schoolyard environments.
10. Coffee and a reusable coffee tumbler
Anyone who knows a school champion is aware that coffee is a staple in the education field. Give a reusable coffee tumbler along with a gift card to a local free-trade coffee shop.
From all of us at the Center for Green Schools, we wish you a happy holidays!