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Growing Greener Schools

Today, there are about 115,000 K-12 schools in the United States. One in five people "”55 million children, teachers, administrators, nurses and janitors"”spend their days in K-12 schools. Billions of tax dollars go to building, maintenance and day-to-day operation. Still, most schools, where the environmentalists and stewards of tomorrow will be grown, have, ironically, become models of unsustainability, contributing significantly to society's broader environmental and public health problems. To counter this trend, the Media Policy Center has created Growing Greener Schools, a documentary and K-12 green curriculum. This program offers best practices to help green our nation's schools and teach students the importance of environmental stewardship. Growing Greener Schools is a practical go-to resource for tapping into the best green practices at schools across the country. Drawing on first-hand experiences of educators and green experts, the program showcases projects undertaken by schools around the country in urban and suburban areas, both large and small. Along with hands-on examples of how these institutions are incorporating sustainable practices and environmental lessons into their schools, educators, administrators, and students discuss the effects on student health, attendance, test scores, and preparedness for green jobs. The program also includes a roadmap for administrators and school boards to examine how to build eco-friendly school buildings from the ground up; retrofit older classrooms to new green standards; and operate green campuses. Hosted by Ed Begley, Jr. "America's schools will be critical to the development of a new green economy as students choose career pathways from high school to post secondary education and into innovative new careers. Green schools provide unique opportunities for students to live and learn in ways that can ensure their success today and help the next generation prosper." - Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. "The film literally "left no school behind" as to how they could start, continue or"¦expand the [green school] process." - Michael Johnson, Principal at Phelps Architecture Construction and Engineering High School, Washington DC "This important project will positively affect millions of people, their communities, and the environment, as well as inspire countless others to join the national green schools movement." - Kathleen Rogers, President, Earth Day Network

Growing Greener Schools

[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.

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Originally produced by Media Policy Center in 2009.

Mode of access: World Wide Web.

In English

Kanopy (Firm)
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