For: School Administrators, Students, Teachers

Resource Type(s): Curriculum, Next Generation Science Standards, STEM in schools

Grade Band: Elementary, High School, Higher Education, Middle School

Subject(s): Environmental Science

Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations. They work on the ground with local organizers and with policy experts to protect communities and develop solutions for climate change and sustainability issues through a variety of campaigns. Many of these campaigns are focused on improving environmental education for students as well as creating greener schools.

The Environmental and Climate Literacy Campaign is dedicated to ensuring that every student graduating from high school being an environmental and climate literate citizen by Earth Day 2020.

MobilizeU is an international movement of concerned and active students and administrators uniting around their common interest of environmental action in support of a sustainable future for all.

Earth Day Network helped to create the Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program is the federal government’s first comprehensive green schools initiative and has tremendous implications for schools across the United States. Green Ribbon School awards recognize public and private schools that reduce environmental impacts and costs, improve the health of students and staff, and provide interdisciplinary environmental education.

The Earth Day Network, is committed to greening every school in America within a generation because green schools significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs, improve student and teacher health, and enhance student motivation. This process has five pillars, facilities, food, schoolyard and outdoors, transportation and environmental education.

The Story of Climate Change is a free interactive textbook for middle school students. This digital textbook goes way beyond written content, allowing students to explore videos, graphs, and animations with just a touch of the screen. A Teacher’s Guide is also available on Earth Day Network’s website. It includes in-depth activity lesson plans, Next Generation Science Standard Alignments, student action plans, and handy resources to help educators make the most out of every chapter.

The Climate Education Week Toolkit is a free, easy-to-use, ready-to-go resource with hand-picked lesson plans, activities, and contests for all your K-12 students. It meets both Next Generation Science and Common Core standards. With the goal of educating and engaging K-12 students on climate change, this cross-disciplinary resource includes a range of activities from an energy conservation action plan to reading and discussing Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.

Working from the ground up, the NCEP (National Civic Engagement Project) empowers selected teachers and students to remedy specific environmental concerns in their communities. Students see up close and personally how their actions can influence the environmental health of their own communities.

In honor of NSLW (National School Lunch Week), the National School Lunch Week Menu Challenge asks students to design their dream school lunch. But there are no French fries and pizza on the menu. We want students to create a lunch menu that is equal parts delicious, sustainable, and healthy. The Challenge is open to any middle and high school in the nation.

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