Educating the
whole child.
Educating the
whole child.

A K-8 public charter school in Harrisville, Utah.

Platinum Certified Green School

What is a Green School?  A Green School enhances students health and learning while conserving natural resources and empowering students to develop sustainable behaviors, enabling them to become the stewards of the future.

Becoming a green school is not a prescribed journey; it is a series of conscious actions that lead to more ecological and sustainable practices. By using the Green School National Network's "GreenPrint" as a road map, GreenWood is developing a long-term commitment to these core practices and work toward implementation of all benchmarks at the highest level.  

In May of 2016, GreenWood was awarded PLATINUM Green School  and will continue to work with USEE to apply for a Green School Award for GreenWood each school year. 

Core Practice 1:  Curriculum that Advances Environmental Literacy and Sustainability

  • Environmental literacy & education for sustainability, as defined by local, state, & national standards, is integrated in all grades;
  • All teachers use inquiry, problem, and project-based pedagogy to facilitate learning about global systems and relationships;
  • Outdoor experiences and fieldwork support learning about complex systems, connecting humans with other humans and all aspects of the natural world;
  • Content areas are integrated by using environmental and sustainability topics as the common theme; and
  • STEM education supports a sustainable workforce for a green economy.

Core Practice 2: Stewardship and Service Learning

  • Real world service learning projects explore solutions to local, regional, global problems and issues and teach 21century skills;
  • Stewardship projects allow the student to take responsibility for their own school grounds;
  • Place-based projects and practices that include, but are not limited to, school farms, forests, and gardens;
  • All students are given the opportunity to participate in land restoration projects, such as native eco-system or brown fields remediation; and
  • Teacher and leaders provide opportunities for students to make local and global connections.

Core Practice 3: Sustainable Facilities Design and Management

  • Green facilities design and construction retrofit for existing buildings as defined by state, regional or national certification programs;
  • Management practices, operations, and maintenance that reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, improve indoor air quality and lighting, decrease waste stream and improve water conservation;
  • Zero-waste or reduced-waste cafeterias;
  • Use of non-toxic and eco-friendly supplies and materials; and
  • Facility managers and teacher work together to use buildings, management practices, materials and supplies purchasing to teach about sustainability.

Core Practice 4: Health and Well Being

  • Healthy eating programs that utilize locally sourced and whole foods;
  • Curriculum and support for physical fitness and healthy lifestyle choices;
  • Fitness and recreation programs that include lifetime outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, biking, skiing, and camping;
  • Healthy air quality practices and lighting that reduce illness and absenteeism; and
  • Healthy and thoughtful relationships with others that support character development.

Core Practice 5: Strong Partnerships and Networks

  • Long-term partnerships that support systemic change and ecological balance within the school and community;
  • Strong alliances among groups of diverse cultural heritage to promote the greening of schools in all communities;
  • Participation in the development of state and national green school networks;
  • Participation in research and evaluation of student learning and best green school practices; and
  • Collaboration with research-based curriculum and assessment models.

Some of GreenWood's green initiatives are:

  • Greenfiber and Terracycle community recycling
  • Pig farm food waste
  • Student-led energy and trash audits
  • Student-led waste-free lunch initiatives, including sorting and composting of food waste (students are encouraged to bring their lunches in reusable containers with cloth napkins and washable eating utensils)
  • School-wide recycling
  • Eco-fundraisers including the sale of compact fluorescent light bulbs, organic shade grown fair trade coffee and organic plants
  • Studying alternative sources of energy and sustainable farming practices
  • Motion-sensor lights for energy efficiency
  • All school field trips follow Leave No Trace ethics
  • School communications are emailed to save paper (see under Newsletter for these publications)
  • Roof-top garden
  • Greenhouse
  • Vermiculture (composting with worms) system
  • Gardening projects with assistance from our Gardens Crew
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