Green Schools Program Details

Lesson Plans and Activities

Going green helps to reduce your school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Instruction and activities complement your curriculum with a solid foundation in STEM subjects while teaching civic skills and opening doors to green career pathways. Please see this list for a sample of the cross-curricular activities that can help your school to go green.

  • EcoSchools USA provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainability principles throughout their schools and curriculum. Includes Louisiana-specific resources.
  • National Energy Education Development Project.The NEED Project promotes an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.
  • Project Learning Tree uses trees and forests as windows on the world to increase students’ understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve it.

Outside Grant Opportunities

  • • The Adopt-a-School Program from the Louisiana Section of the Air & Waste Association awards up to $5,000 to an elementary or middle school to use for grades 3-8 science education.
  • The Captain Planet Foundation funds hands-on environmental projects that enourage innovative programs that empower youth to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities.
  • Constellation's E2 Energy to Educate grant program offers students in grades 6-12 and college opportunities to experience problem-solving today's and tomorrow's energy challenges.
  • Fuel Up to Play 60 funds schools’ attempts to jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements.
  • • KidsGardening.org offers a Youth Garden Grant to any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18. 
  • Lowes Toolbox for Education Grants fund a wide range of projects for schools, including green school initiatives.
  • • Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world.