When Students Green Your School, Minds Grow



A well-designed environmental project can help improve students’ reading and writing skills while also engaging them in meaningful work that reduces your school’s carbon footprint and fosters a positive shift in the school’s culture.

For example, a school composting project can engage students in research around questions like

  • How much food waste is our school producing?
  • Where does our food waste go?
  • What’s the cost (in terms of energy and dollars) of getting it there?
  • What happens to food waste in a landfill as compared to in a composting bin?
  • Why does our school use its current waste management system?
  • What are the different types of composting systems and which might best match our school’s needs?

A project like this has students doing authentic research to investigate a real problem in their community. They will get practice collecting data from, and presenting their findings to, community stakeholders. Greening your school with projects around carpooling, recycling, gray water, or a school garden offer equally multifaceted learning opportunities.

Have you used meaningful community-based projects to support academic learning?