MN GreenStep Schools - Resource Organization FORM
Welcome, Resource Organization.
To become a MN GreenStep Resource Organization, simply fill out the following form, and update it annually. We encourage you to be active in supporting schools, but your activity level is up to you.
If you have an organization with multiple offices, you can make a separate entry for each office with its own contact person, and address, as well as custom offerings by location. You may also list a program name as the Resource Organization Name.
If you have any questions or would like assistance along the way, please contact
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Resource Organization Name
You may list a program name as the Resource Organization Name.
Please provide a complete and accurate address. It will be used to identify a map location.
Short Description (500 characters)
There will be a section near the end where you can describe your organization, programs, and services in more detail.
Logo web link (optional)
If you want to associate a logo, provide a weblink to a logo image (.png or .jpg or .jpeg)
Organization Type (check all that apply)
Educational Consultants or Service/Product Providers – for example: Curriculum provider or teacher training; Professional organizations for educational professionals; Educational teaching and research organizations
Operational Consultants or Service/Product Providers – for example: Vendors and services (office supplies, food suppliers, waste removal, etc.), Energy Auditors, Design and Construction professionals
Governmental – City/Township
Governmental – County
Governmental – Watershed District / Soil and Water District or Similar
Governmental – Legislator
Governmental – State of MN Department or Regional Office
What Regions of the State do you serve?
Eg. "Entire State," or describe portion. Eg. "Within 100 miles of St. Cloud," or "Big Stone County." Be as specific as you can. In the future we may have a map interface. For now, feel free to include a link to a web page that shows your service area.
Contact Person Name
Contact Person Email
Contact Person Photo Web Link (optional)
If you want to associate a Photo of the contact, provide a weblink to a logo image (.png or .jpg or .jpeg)
Please check all that apply.
What types of resources to you offer schools?
Professional or Specialty Advice
Materials, Equipment, or Products
In-Kind Time (various)
What is the cost to the school for the resources you offer?
Mostly Free: may require a small participation or materials fee
School Discounted Fee or Cost
Standard Fee or Cost
---Outcome Areas and Best Practices Supported---
In the following sections, please check all the boxes that apply to the Best Practices you could support in some way. For each Best Practice there could be many possible Best Practice Actions. The Detailed section in a later section allows you to share specifically what types of Actions you can support. The following lists help save schools time finding organizations that are working in the same general area as their current projects.
Organizational Leadership Best Practices
1. Green Team: Participating districts and schools form a green team made up diverse roles and stakeholders.
2. GreenStep School Resolution: The district passes a resolution to participate in GreenStep, signed by particpating schools.
3. Widespread Communication: District/School communicate activities and accomplishements to families, students, staff, and stakeholders.
4. Equity And Diversity: District/School Proactively plans for equitable and diverse participation in the program and projects
5. Green School Strategic Plan: District/School creates a strategic plan and reviews it annually.
6. Community Leadership: District/School contribute their experience to professional and community organizations to foster green school capacity beyond their borders.
7. Advanced Recognition: District/School seek advanced recognition through programs like Green Ribbon, LEED, or others.
None of the Above
Reduced Environmental Impact and Costs Best Practices
1. Energy Efficiency: District/School has very little wasted energy.
2. Renewable Energy: District/School uses renewable energy such as solar panels.
3. Waste Reduction: District/School has very little solid waste and recycles a variety of materials.
4. Material Safety: District/School has very little hazardous waste and safely manages it.
5. Water Efficiency: District/School has very little wasted water indoors and in the school yard.
6. Onsite Stormwater Management: Schoolyards include areas that are natural and help rain soak deep into the ground.
7. Community Spaces: Schools and schoolyards include areas that the community can use.
8. Green Product Purchasing: District/School purchases green products such as recycled office paper, low or non-toxic cleaning supplies, furniture built to green standards, or efficient computers.
9. Commuting Efficiency: Many students and staff walk, bike, carpool or bus to school.
10. Transportation Efficiency: District/School has efficient transportation use and reduces its environmental impacts.
11. Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience: District/School has planned and prepared for extreme weather, adaptation to changing climatic conditions, and has fostered strong community connections.
None of the Above
Improved Health and Wellness Best Practices
1. Drinking Water Safety: District/School monitors drinking water quality and prevents water contaminants.
2. Indoor Air Quality: District/School has programs to protect air quality such as using a strong ventilation standard, a comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Management Program, an asthma management program, and a no-smoking policy.
3. Indoor Environmental Comfort: School provides comfortable learning spaces in terms of natural and artificial lighting, temperature, humidity, acoustics (sound quality), window views to nature, furniture and equipment.
4. Chemical Safety: School minimizes and manages chemical exposure and handling to protect students and staff from wood preservatives, mercury in devices, pesticides, and other potential hazards.
5. Physical Activity: Students have ample physical education or outdoor time during each school day.
6. Nourishment Access: District/School provides breakfast and free or reduced lunches as needed to make sure all students are nourished.
7. Nutrition: District/School provides nutritious and healthy meals and snacks.
8. Sustainable Food: District/School purchases food with green features such as organic, fair trade, or locally grown.
9. Health Resources and Planning: District/School has health resources (e.g. a nurse or health aid) and has an overall health plan that includes mental health, positive school climate, inclusivity, equity, and safety.
None of the Above
Effective Environmental and Sustainability Education Best Practices
1. Integrated Environmental Education: Environmental education is integrated throughout the curriculum.
2. Outdoor Learning: Outdoor learning experiences are provided .
3. Teacher Training: Environmental education training is offered to teachers.
4. Environmental Career Preparation: The curriculum connects to environmental career readiness.
5. Community Projects: Students conduct environmental community engagement projects .
6. Community Engagement: The district/school partners with community organizations to advance green school achievement.
None of the Above
Here, please use the longer format to expand on your organization description, types of offerings, and green school topics supported. Feel free to include links for more information.
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