Of the “Four Pillars” discussed in “The Little Green Schoolhouse” report, this may be the most important. Research shows that schools that adopt an environmental focus demonstrate better academic performance across the curriculum. Environmental education helps build creative thinking and relationship skills, and fosters leadership qualities. Engage your students in learning about:
- The resources their schools consume -- and involve them in making consumption more sustainable
- Toxics issues in and around schools -- and involve them in minimizing their use
- Gardens and food systems -- and involve them in growing their own food.