Since February, the U.S. Department of Education has invited national, state, and local nonprofits, foundations, corporations, and community organizations to share their bold commitment(s) to advancing the sustainability of schools, encompassing infrastructure, health and education for environmental sustainability. , climate and environmental justice in America. More than 30 organizations made pledges, ranging from local efforts to national campaigns. These commitments demonstrate the wide range and scope of actions needed to ensure sustainable schools for all students.
Examples of national commitments*:
- World Resources Institute commits to supporting an equitable transition to electric school buses through technical assistance to school districts; the development of an electric school bus ambassador program; and support for federal funding applications.
- EcoRise will provide eco-audit grants to fund sustainability projects in schools across the United States that engage students in learning about sustainable themes, collecting and analyzing data, and designing solutions based on the needs of their community.
- Trane Technology, as part of the company’s 2030 sustainability commitments, is investing $100 million and 500,000 employee volunteer hours to help empower diverse students with the resources and inspiration to create a more sustainable future.
- Center for Green Schools create a new knowledge-sharing and professional learning network for school capital project leaders in more than 50 school districts within two years to increase the capacity of school teams to design and build sustainable schools . The CfGS will also work with school districts across the country to hire sustainability staff, with a goal of sustainability positions in at least 75 of the top 100 school districts.
- Generation180 is committed to providing resources to help K-12 schools in underserved communities and Justice40 communities access federal funds and incentives for clean energy, resilience, and clean transportation for as long as funds are available.
- Children & Nature Network expand the network of more than 180 leaders and co-signatory partners in the field to update the Green Schoolyards Action Agenda and the shared vision that “all American communities provide access to green schools by 2050 to improve healthy child development, community well-being and positive environmental impacts. »
Examples of regional commitments*:
- Green Building Alliance will bring together and lead a network of like-minded facility professionals and school leaders in school districts across Western Pennsylvania on their journey to reduce carbon emissions by 50-65% by 2030.
- Coalition of California Climate-Ready Schools will work with California state policy makers to develop and implement a policy framework that will ensure the state’s 11,000 school buildings are healthy places to learn for children, low-carbon and climate-resilient.
- nature’s class will provide affordable outdoor education, with programs aligned with Massachusetts standards.
- Rhode Island Environmental Education Association plans to promote and support environmental, sustainability, and climate education in 20 percent of Rhode Island schools by providing professional development for teachers in the 2023-2024 school year.
Example of local commitments*:
- Prince George’s County Climate Parents (MD) will advocate for the implementation of the Prince George’s County, Maryland Public Schools Climate Change Action Plan, provide community support to PGCPS to achieve the goals set out in the plan, and share knowledge and best practices with other community organizations trying to do similar things.
- Miami-Dade County Council Parent-Teacher Student Association (FL) will advance the 100% clean energy commitment by 2030 in Miami-Dade County public schools. It will help other parent, teacher, and student organizations across Florida to push for a 100% clean energy commitment in their school districts.
- Bellingham Public Schools (WA) will, by 2028, develop a process to continually and systematically reduce environmental impacts and improve health and resilience by balancing human, environmental and economic priorities.
- 15 minute excursions mentor youth to create and grow green infrastructure in their neighborhoods and increase after-school environmental programs in South Providence, RI.
Organizations can still complete thisonline formto share how your entity will advance school infrastructure and sustainability priorities. We encourage organizations to address at least one of the following parameters in your pledge submission: environmental justice, health, climate action, capacity building, data collection and standardization, and transparency and goal setting.
The commitments are part of the ED Infrastructure and Sustainability initiative which promotes equitable access to healthy, safe and sustainable 21st century school facilities, as well as education for environmental sustainability through several communication and outreach strategies. Learn more about the initiativeresources available to all and keep abreast of the sustainability of national schools news.
*Commitments have been edited for brevity. The commitments do not necessarily reflect the actions, beliefs, or commitments of the US Department of Education.