Way Cool for Schools! Would you like to be involved in promoting green education for our next generation?
The Kansas City Branch of the USGBC Central Plains Chapter is actively engaging our community through green education at the elementary school level.
The Schools Committee adopts one to two schools each year, and meets with the school leaders to review their goals for a green school and how we may assist.
In 2011, the Schools Committee adopted a private elementary school (St. Charles Borromeo Parrish) in Kansas City, MO. We met with the leaders of the school to discuss and educate them on what it means to have a green school - from facilities to curriculum to day to day operations. Following our initial discussions, we created an Environmental Stewardship Action Plan for the school that includes a phased plan of implementation.
In February 2011, the committee met with St. Charles for an update. Matthew Schoell-Schafer, a landscape architect on the Green Schools Committee, proposed a plan for the outdoor classroom. This plan is a long-term implementation program for the school. The committee will meet quarterly with the school for the first year to assist in the implementation of the plan with a follow-up one to two times a year to chart the progress of the plan.
The St. Charles project will promote education for the students and awareness of the USGBC. It will also serve as a template and project showcase. This will streamline future projects for the Schools Committee’s goal to continue adopting one to two schools annually. The plan is created as a “living document.” As we move forward, more ideas will evolve and assist not only our committee, but the schools, students, teachers and leaders we are helping.