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ActionResourcesCurriculum Support
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Education
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Incorporate sustainability curriculum into the classroom (i.e. the three pillars, renewable energy, and environmental studies.)https://teachheart.org/humane-resource-guide/https://www.epa.gov/children/student-curriculum
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https://learninglab.usgbc.org/all-programshttps://learninglab.usgbc.org/programs/sustainable-intelligence
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http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/green-schoolhttps://learninglab.usgbc.org/programs/greening-classrooms-communities-careers
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http://www.need.org/curriculumhttps://cloudinstitute.org/free-k-12-exemplary-lessons/
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https://www.epa.gov/students/teach-english-teach-about-environment-resource-teachers-adult-english-speakers-other
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Promote ways to become more sustainable to the student body (for example, in the school newspaper, morning announcements, etc.).http://centerforgreenschools.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/Whole-School_Sustainability_Framework.pdf
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Maintaining an updated bulletin board or kiosk with information on environmental concerns and the school’s actions in addressing those concerns.
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Host a challenge for students to reduce their material waste. For example, challenge them to carry their personal trash around for 1,2, or 5 days to get a sense of how much each student creates for a landfill. Calculate daily, weekly, monthly, year amounts.https://www.goingzerowaste.com/blog/31-day-zero-waste-challenge-for-kids
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Start a school-wide Zero Waste Campaign, promoting the 5 R’s - refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.https://cswd.net/wp-content/uploads/Zero-Waste-Action-Ideas-for-Schools.pdfhttps://learninglab.usgbc.org/zero-waste-campaign
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https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPDF.cgi/600009UZ.PDF?Dockey=600009UZ.PDFhttps://learninglab.usgbc.org/programs/terracycle-curriculum-lesson-sets
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https://www.epa.gov/students/resources-teachers-starting-planet-protectors-clubhttps://www.epa.gov/students/quest-less-activities-and-resources-teaching-k-8
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https://www.epa.gov/students/pack-waste-free-lunch
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Write and perform a play or musical related to the environment and sustainability.https://www.bashthetrash.com/
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Host a speaker to talk about issues related to sustainability and resiliency (i.e. food systems, urban farming, importance of bees, air pollution)http://www.kibi.org/contact/
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Stock the library with books about sustainability, resilience, and environmental conservation.http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/green-energy-challenge-menu/recommended-reading.html
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Updating the school’s media center with environmental and sustainability resources.
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Host an sustainability-related presentation, project, science fair or event to share knowledge and raise awareness.https://www.epa.gov/students/science-fair-fun-designing-environmental-science-projects
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Host an art showcase or contest in which all the art pieces are made from trash, diverting waste from landfills and proving that trash can be repurposed into something beautiful.https://www.weareteachers.com/earth-day-crafts-classroom-activities/
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Start a Plastic Awareness program to reduce use of plastics at school, at home, in our community.http://www.postlandfill.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Plastic-Free-Manual-12.2.15.pdfhttps://www.teacher.org/lesson-plan/reducing-every-day-plastic-use/
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Join the KIB GreenKids School program and build a natural outdoor learning space.http://www.kibi.org/programs/youth-programming/greenkids/http://www.kibi.org/_main_site/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-GreenKids-Partnership-Information-Packet.pdf
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Raise chickens at your school to engage students with the lifecycle of our food system and the benefits/responsibilities of raising animals.http://www.naptownchickens.org/https://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/search_result.cfm
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Keep a beehive at your school to teach students about pollination and the decline of honey bees.http://beepublic.com/http://beepublic.com/teachers/
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Conduct a "Dumpster Dive" to see what is actually being discarded.https://yesmn.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Project-Guide-Dumpster-Dive.pdf
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Buildings & Energy
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Install energy efficient light fixtures, lamps and bulbs.https://www.iplpower.com/Business/Business_Energy_Savings/Power_Tools/Business_Energy_Incentives/https://the-need-project.myshopify.com/collections/energy-management
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Install sensors on exterior lighting or install timers set to turn on at dusk and off at dawn.https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money/lighting-controls
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Eliminate vending machines from your school campus.
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Install meters to measure and monitor electricity for lighting, heating, cooling and outlets. Then display results.http://www.need.org/files/curriculum/guides/Monitoring%20Mentoring%20Student%20Guide.pdf
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Benchmark and certify your building with Energy Star rating.https://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/reps/pt_reps_purch_procu/files/ip_gen_public_sector.pdf?3a7c-1746
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Conduct a building energy audit and act upon at least 1 energy efficiency finding.https://www.iplpower.com/Business/Business_Energy_Savings/EnergyAudit_FactSheet_20150208/
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Install solar control window film to reduce heat gain in the summer.https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/energy-efficient-window-attachments
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Adopt a cleaning schedule to reduce night time hours, which require additional lighting, heating and cooling costs.
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Install and maintain entryway mats and grills to prevent dirt and particles from entering.https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/visual-reference-modules-indoor-air-quality-building-education-and-assessment#c1-7
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Install motion or occupancy sensors.https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money/lighting-controls
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Improve building enclosure and efficiency by replacing windows, doors, roof and insulation with higher efficiency products.https://www.iplpower.com/Business/Business_Energy_Savings/IPL_Measure_Incentives_2018/
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Install renewable energy sources, like solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, or others.https://learninglab.usgbc.org/programs/fueling-our-future
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Install individual solar photovoltaic panels for outdoor lighting and signage.
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Take part in IPL's School Energy Education Program.https://www.iplpower.com/Residential/Home_Energy_Savings/Power_Tools/School_Energy_Education_Program/
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Retrofit your school building for energy efficiency (and potential energy incentives).https://www.iplpower.com/Business/Business_Energy_Savings/Power_Tools/Business_Energy_Incentives/https://www.iplpower.com/Safety_and_Education/Educators/Bolty_s_Kids__Korner/
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https://www.iplpower.com/Business/Business_Energy_Savings/IPL_Measure_Incentives_2018/
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https://www.iplpower.com/Business/Business_Energy_Savings/Custom_Incentives/
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Health and Food
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Start a school garden.https://www.doe.in.gov/nutrition/school-gardenshttps://www.slowfoodusa.org/contents/sdownload/4266/file/Good-Curriculum-with-Intro-Low-Res.pdf
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https://biggreen.org/teaching-in-your-garden/classroom-resources/https://www.slowfoodusa.org/contents/sdownload/4753/file/Slow-Food-USA-Clean-Curriculum-Low-Res.pdf
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https://biggreen.org/teaching-in-your-garden/garden-skills-lessons/
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Start a Big Green Learning Garden, creating experiential learning and garden-based education opportunities.https://biggreen.org/where-were-growing/indianapolis/https://biggreen.org/teaching-in-your-garden/
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https://biggreen.org/teaching-in-your-garden/classroom-resources/
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Start a garden to cafeteria program.https://biggreen.org/teaching-in-your-garden/garden-skills-lessons/tasting-eating-page/
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Start a Food Rescue Program and donate unwanted, unpeeled, and unwrapped cafeteria food to a local food pantry.http://www.foodrescue.net/https://www.worldwildlife.org/teaching-resources/toolkits/food-waste-warrior-toolkit
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Implement a program to distribute food to families in need (from the school or community).
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Implement a program for garden to classroom tasting activities.https://biggreen.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Tasting-Activities-Full.pdf
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Implement a program for school staff/students to take home school garden produce.https://biggreen.org/teaching-in-your-garden/garden-skills-lessons/tasting-eating-page/
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Start a school garden farm stand.https://biggreen.org/teaching-in-your-garden/garden-skills-lessons/tasting-eating-page/
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Implement Integrated Pest Management program to reduce use of harmful chemicals.https://www.epa.gov/managing-pests-schools/introduction-integrated-pest-management
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Participate in the EPA’s Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign and join the efforts for safer chemical management at schools.https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-07/documents/chemicals_industry.pdf
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Use high efficiency air filters and schedule regular replacements.https://www.nafahq.org/air-filtration-for-schools/https://www.epa.gov/children/childrens-health-curriculum-lesson-3-breathing-easy-keeping-inside-our-homes-healthy-and
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https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=resources.aqi_toolkit
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Develop and assess a school wide asthma program.https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2013-08/documents/managing_asthma.pdf
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Install carbon dioxide sensors to provide fresh air to rooms as needed when occupied (see Demand Controlled Ventilation).https://www.energycodes.gov/sites/default/files/documents/cn_demand_control_ventilation.pdfhttps://www.epa.gov/children/childrens-health-curriculum-lesson-3-breathing-easy-keeping-inside-our-homes-healthy-and
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Waste Management
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Eliminate the sale of bottled water and other single use plastics in your school.https://seagrant.psu.edu/sites/default/files/Lessons%20for%20NIE%202%20and%203%205GyresALLACTIVITIESPlasticPollutionCurriculum.pdf
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Produce school branded reusable water bottles as part of a campaign to reduce plastic water bottles.
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Install reusable water bottle refill stations.
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Capture rainwater and use for non-edible plants and vegetation.https://www.in.gov/idem/recycle/2441.htm
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http://marionswcd.org/wp-content/uploads/rain-barrels-03121.pdf
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http://marionswcd.org/water-management/
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Install water meters and display results for everyone to see.
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Start a student-led Zero-Waste Cafeteria program.http://www.cafeteriaculture.org/zero-waste-cafeterias-and-schools.html
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Purchase reusable gloves & aprons for kitchen staff.
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Switch from plastic-packaged class snacks to bulk and plates.https://plasticpollutioncoalition.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/224373087-General-resources-for-all-grades
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Replace disposable cups, plates and utensils throughout school with durables.http://www.zerowastechallenge.org/curriculum.html
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Replace milk cartons with milk dispensers and durable cups.
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Source cafeteria food locally, reducing energy in transporting and supporting local agriculture.http://www.farmtoschool.org/our-network/Indianahttps://www.epa.gov/children/childrens-health-curriculum-lesson-8-sustainable-eating-healthy-foods-and-community-gardens
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Start a composting initiative to divert kitchen waste from the landfill (you could compost at your school or arrange for curbside pick up).http://earthmamacompost.com/serviceshttps://compostingcouncil.org/composting-for-teachers-and-students/
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https://www.greenwithindy.com/
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Mulch landscaping waste (grass clippings, leaves, branches) to divert from the landfill.https://www.in.gov/idem/recycle/2374.htm
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Start a school wide recycling program for any and all of the following: Office Paper, Plastic, Metal Cans, Printer Cartridges, Newspapers and Magazines, Cell Phones, Cardboard, Fabric and Clothing, Compact Disks and Digital Video Games, Glass.https://www.pepsicorecycling.com/Programs/RecycleRallyhttp://indianarecycling.org/educational-resources/
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https://www.republicservices.com/shophttps://www3.epa.gov/recyclecity/
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https://raystrash.com/rays-indianapolis-recycling-facility/
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Get software to track, and thus reduce, the amount of printing at your school.https://www.papercut.com/
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Adopt a purchasing policy to use recycled paper products.
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Start an awareness campaign around bathroom waste (air dryers vs. paper towels).
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Install aerators/flow restrictors on faucets to reduce water consumption.https://thewaterproject.org/resources/
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Replace toilets and urinals with low flow models to reduce water consumption.https://www3.epa.gov/safewater/kids/teachers_4-8.html
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https://www.epa.gov/students/lesson-plans-teacher-guides-and-online-environmental-resources-educators
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Transportation & Land Use
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Create a Walking School Bus program for families that live in close proximity of the school.http://www.walkingschoolbus.org/https://www.nhtsa.gov/pedestrian-safety/child-pedestrian-safety-curriculum
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http://www.healthbydesignonline.org/INSRTS.html
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Be bicycle friendly - install and maintain bicycle racks.https://www.shapeamerica.org//publications/resources/teachingtools/qualitype/upload/bikeology-curriculum-part1-v2.pdf
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Start a school Bicycle Club.https://www.shapeamerica.org/publications/resources/teachingtools/qualitype/bicycle_curriculum.aspx
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Implement a "no idling" policy for school buses, parents, and students at drop-off/pick-up lanes.https://www.earthcharterindiana.org/climate-chronicles/how-to-oaklandon-elementarys-ambitious-no-idling-programhttps://www.epa.gov/schools/idle-free-schools-toolkit-healthy-school-environment
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Create preferred parking for carpool vehicles, hybrid or electric vehicles.
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Start a school tree planting program.http://www.kibi.org/programs/planting-trees/
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Join KIB's Community Forestry program and receive all the tools you need to plant and care for trees in your neighborhood.http://www.kibi.org/programs/planting-trees/community-forestry/
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Start a school orchard.
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Start a pollinator garden or monarch prairie with native species that do not require additional irrigation or mowing.http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPW/SustainIndy/GreenInfra/Pages/Native-Planting-Area.aspx
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