The places where we live, learn, work and play have significant impacts on students and teachers, as well as on our local and global environment. The Center for Green Schools works to ensure that these impacts are only positive, and that our youngest learners have access to healthy, sustainable spaces when they go to school.
That’s why we created the Green Classroom Professional (GCP) course to equip anyone with the information they need to make a positive impact at their school.
The GCP is a self-guided, interactive online course that provides users with the knowledge to identify what supports or impedes healthy, resource-efficient and environmentally friendly learning spaces. The course breaks down the different aspects of building sustainability, such as water and waste, and identifies the effects they have on school occupants and the environment.
Also, the GCP gives you actions and tips to make sustainable choices. Here’s a preview of just a few tips you’ll find in the Green Classroom Professional course:
- Arrange your classroom to optimize daylight: Natural daylighting is not only the most sustainable option for lighting a classroom, but proper lighting also supports the health and learning outcomes of students. Studies have found that daylighting significantly and positively impacts the performance of students in all subject areas. If your classroom has windows, the GCP provides options for arranging student workstations to maximize natural light and allow students the quick mental breaks afforded by outdoor views.
- Use signage to improve recycling practices: Students generally know what items go into recycling and trash bins, but placing signs with a list of items that go in each will ensure that they’re correctly sorting their waste. The GCP suggests lessons about how and why waste matters that you can use to set students on the right path for sorting their trash the rest of the year.
- Start an anti-idling campaign for student drop-off: Idling cars and buses creates massive amounts of pollution. The exhaust produced from idling vehicles can have detrimental health effects on students exposed during drop-off and pick-up. To reduce these impacts, schools can create an anti-idling campaign and encourage bus and car drivers to turn off their ignition rather than idling. The GCP provides examples of what to include in anti-idling campaigns, including reminder signs and pledges drivers can take to never idle more than 10 seconds when not in traffic.
Anyone—from a teacher to student to a parent—can advocate for and create healthier, more sustainable learning environments. The Green Classroom Professional course equips users to make these changes in their school and classrooms.
The GCP course is available for individual purchase for $45, and bulk discounts are available at $25 per access with a purchase of five or more.