Green School Guidelines

These Guidelines provide a broad and comprehensive definition of what a Green School could be. They can also be used as an assessment tool for you to evaluate your school in the greening process. The Guidelines have five major sections (listed below), each with several detailed indicators. The goal is to help schools identify for themselves the Green School activities that make the most sense to work on next.

At CPBE, we believe that an ideal “Green School” is a small-scale model of an ecologically sustainable society. The definition of a Green School that is embodied in the detailed Green School Guidelines (GSG) on the following pages is broad and comprehensive. It goes well beyond the traditional bounds of science education to include all academic disciplines, specific educational strategies and a strong connection between a school and its community. These guidelines are a synthesis of several years of field-tested experience with CPBE programs, publications and networking with other EE experts and organizations. The guidelines are currently in draft form and we strongly encourage critical feedback from as many sources as possible.

The purpose of CPBE’s Green School Guidelines is to grow the quantity and quality of schools across the nation working toward this Green ideal. The guidelines are designed as a rubric so that schools can both chart their progress over time and identify small project areas to focus on. CPBE provides financial support, educational resources custom tailored to each of the GSG Indicators, and knowledgeable and experienced staff to help schools implement their GSC goals.

Our long-term goal is to use the GSG as the core structure of a premier national program that provides certification and extensive funding for Green Schools.