Green schools are growing strong in Minnesota. Take a look at what USGBC Minnesota is up to this spring:
Green Schools Roundtable
On Feb. 23, USGBC Minnesota participated in the first Green Schools Roundtable, held by the Minnesota Green Schools Coalition. Individual members and friends of the coalition gathered to discuss barriers they meet and solutions they find in greening schools.
Together, we celebrated successes, learned about new resources, sourced big ideas and even formed a new collaboration. A handful of teachers will be working together across districts, charters and grades to develop a citizen science project, with the students studying tulips at bloom time. The community thanks our sponsors, KLJ, IPS-Solar and ReCharge Labs, for helping us provide this project with a microgrant to get it started. The project will serve as an ongoing part of Schoolyard Garden Planting Week and Green Apple Day of Service.
Schoolyard Garden Planting Week
Minnesota Schoolyard Garden Planting Week returns this year from May 22–26, Governor Dayton has proclaimed. The week presents an opportunity to celebrate and support schoolyard gardens in Minnesota for the second year in a row, as announced at the recent Schoolyard Gardens Conference.
USGBC Minnesota is digging in once again, and school and community garden administrators can register their garden project as a Green Apple Day of Service to receive updates, opportunities and kudos for all they do help green their school and support hands-on environmental learning. Community members can get involved as sponsors and volunteers.
You can join us to take part in green schools activities in your community. Contact Steph Leonard to get involved in Schoolyard Garden Planting Week or the Minnesota Green Schools Coalition.