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This Report Card allows you to track and share your Green Team's hard work towards healthier and more sustainable learning environments.

When you certify you’ll receive the following: certificate, flag (Bronze level), glass award (Silver Level, first Gold Level and Platinum level), statewide communications and access to other special opportunities. 


Please reference earthgenwa.org to assist you through the certification process. For any questions, please contact our staff at info@earthgenwa.org
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IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ!


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STEP ONE: BUILD YOUR GREEN TEAM 

Ex. "Our Green Team includes 12 members. Myself, a 7th grade science teacher, our 8th grade math teacher, and 10 students in 7th grade."



Now that you've built your Green Team, it's time to select an environmental category in which you'd like to pursue an environmental action project in.

STEP TWO: ASSESS

The following questions are to help you and your Green Team assess your school’s waste and recycling practices. By the end of this step, you should have a goal for what project you’d like to pursue. Please refer to the Waste & Recycling Supplement and/or Audit for support.    

            


Ex. "Our garbage ultimately ends up at the Republic Services Roosevelt Regional Municipal Solid Waste Landfill in Klickitat County."




Ex. "Unfortunately, our city doesn't have the infrastructure for municipal composting so we do not compost at this time." 

Ex. "We're going to focus on sorting our waste better during lunch."

School Dumpster Pre-Project Information


Ex. "One 7 cubic yard dumpster."
How often is your school's garbage dumpster(s) emptied/serviced per week? Per month?
Ex. "1"
Ex. "4" Hint: Multiply the number above by 4.
On pickup day, on average, how full is your school's garbage dumpster? (Please Whole Number)
Hint: If the garbage reaches the top of the dumpster, the dumpster would be 100% full.

Waste Audit


Ex. "110 cubic feet of trash from 4 lunch periods, 33 cubic feet of recycling from 4 lunch periods, no composting."

Ex. "Garbage: 25%, Recycling: 15%, Compost: 10%"


STEP TWO: ASSESS

The following questions are to help you and your Green Team assess your school’s grounds and gardens. By the end of this step, you should have a goal for what project you’d like to pursue. Please refer to the School Grounds & Gardens Supplement for support.  

              


Greenspace/Plantings


Ex. "1 edible garden with raised beds, 1 pollinator garden, 1 outdoor classroom."

Please enter a whole number (Ex. 4)

Please enter a whole number (Ex. 95)
Wildlife Habitat

Ex. "5 bird feeders, 2 bird baths"
Other



STEP TWO: ASSESS

The following questions are to help you and your Green Team assess your school’s energy. By the end of this step, you should have a goal for what project you’d like to pursue. Please refer to the Energy Supplement and/or Audit for support.  

              



Research your electricity provider's website to find the major sources of your school's electricity. Type "0" for any energy source that does not apply to your school. 





STEP TWO: ASSESS

The following questions are to help you and your Green Team assess your water practices. By the end of this step, you should have a goal for what project you’d like to pursue. Please refer to the Water Supplement for support.   

             









STEP TWO: ASSESS

The following questions are to help you and your Green Team assess your transportation practices. By the end of this step, you should have a goal for what project you’d like to pursue. Please refer to the Transportation Supplement for support.    

            




Other

Limit Idling

Ex. "25"
Sustainable Modes of Transportation
Please provide an estimated percentage for the mode of transportation students take to and from school before implementing your Lasting Change project. For example, if you have a student body of 100 students and 20 students commute by bike, then place 20% for bike.



STEP TWO: ASSESS

The following questions are to help you and your Green Team assess the health of your school building. By the end of this step, you should have a goal for what project you’d like to pursue. Please refer to the Healthy School Buildings Supplement for support.     

           



Air

Ex. "55"

Ex. "3 Spider Plants, 1 Aloe vera"

Ex. "2018"
Use of Chemicals

Ex. "3"


Water

Ex. "35"

Ex. "15 micrograms/L"
Food



Ex. "5"

Exercise and Well-Being (Access to Nature)

Ex. "50"

Other



STEP TWO: ASSESS

The following questions are to help you and your Green Team assess the environmental action that you can take at home. By the end of this step, you should have a goal for what project you’d like to pursue. Please refer to the At-Home Certification Kit to support you.  

           





The purpose of the Make a Lasting Change step is to carry out a project that addresses your school's area(s) of improvement.
STEP THREE: MAKE A LASTING CHANGE

Example for a Waste & Recycling project: "Our Green Team assigned themselves to one day of the week where two Green Team Members would be in charge of monitoring waste sorting at lunch. Since we have ten Green Team members this worked out nicely for the five days in a week. Green Team Members wear an apron, gloves and carry tongs. They stand by the garbage, recycling and compost bins and as students approach to dispose of their lunch waste they are guided by the Green Team members on where to put each part of their lunch. Our Green Team has also recorded several instructional videos that have been broadcasted during our daily morning video announcements. Additionally, Green Team members have created signs over each of the waste bins that depict commonly disposed waste items at our school. This includes items like banana peels for the compost bin sign since bananas are often served for breakfast. Our Green Team members have recruited others to help with the cafeteria monitoring so there has been 32 total students involved."

Example for a Waste & Recycling project: "It has been difficult to get other students on board with waste sorting at the end of lunch. Students are eager to get to recess and aren’t the most patient when waiting to dispose of their trash. We have addressed this by asking one table to dispose of their waste at a time, instead of all at once at the end of lunch. We also, have incentivized lunch tables, by saying the best sorting lunch table gets extra recess time on Fridays. As our students are becoming more educated and invested we are noticing far less contamination in the bins."
The purpose of the verification step is to determine to what extent your Lasting Change is having an impact at your school.

STEP FOUR: VERIFY YOUR IMPACT 



Ex. "Our success required constant reinforcement by our Green Team members. It was essential that a Green Team member was present at every single lunch period or else we would have slipped back to contaminated bins. Now that we’ve been practicing sorting for months, it seems like the habit of sorting lunch waste is becoming ingrained in our students."

School Dumpster Post-Project Information


Ex. "90"

Ex. "Though our school has reduced the volume of waste, it still isn't enough to reduce the size of the dumpster. This was because we just focused on waste sorting in the lunch room, not across the entire school. Maybe after more projects we'll be able to."

Waste Audit






Ex. "We noticed that after breaks, students need reminders of how to sort their waste properly. This may have influenced our audit, since our verification audit happened after long weekend."

Ex. "We plan to continue our education awareness campaign and we’ll start the very first week of school in the fall so students get in the rhythm of sorting their waste properly."

School Grounds & Gardens


Other


Ex. "We plan to continue our education awareness campaign and we’ll start the very first week of school in the fall so students get in the rhythm of sorting their waste properly."

Ex. "We noticed that after breaks, students need reminders of how to sort their waste properly. This may have influenced our audit, since our verification audit happened after long weekend."

Greenspace/Plantings


Ex. "1 edible garden with raised beds, 1 pollinator garden, 1 outdoor classroom."

Ex. "6"




Wildlife Habitat

Ex. "5 bird feeders, 2 bird baths"

Ex. "We plan to continue our education awareness campaign and we’ll start the very first week of school in the fall so students get in the rhythm of sorting their waste properly."

Energy





Ex. "We noticed that after breaks, students need reminders of how to sort their waste properly. This may have influenced our audit, since our verification audit happened after long weekend."

Ex. "We plan to continue our education awareness campaign and we’ll start the very first week of school in the fall so students get in the rhythm of sorting their waste properly."

Water



Ex. "We educated the sports teams to conduct their car washes on the lawn instead of the parking lot so the cleaning products would soak through the ground, instead of running off into the local waterways. This improved our local water quality."

Ex. "May of this year: 1245 gallons, May of last year: 1500 gallons"



Ex. "We noticed that after breaks, students need reminders of how to sort their waste properly. This may have influenced our audit, since our verification audit happened after long weekend."

Ex. "We plan to continue our education awareness campaign and we’ll start the very first week of school in the fall so students get in the rhythm of sorting their waste properly."

Transportation


Sustainable Modes of Transportation
Please provide an estimated percentage for the mode of transportation students take to and from school after implementing your Lasting Change project. For example, if you have a student body of 100 students and 20 students commute by bike, then place 20% for bike.

Limit Idling

Other


Ex. "We noticed that after breaks, students need reminders of how to sort their waste properly. This may have influenced our audit, since our verification audit happened after long weekend."

Ex. "We plan to continue our education awareness campaign and we’ll start the very first week of school in the fall so students get in the rhythm of sorting their waste properly."

Healthy School Buildings


Air

Ex. "20"

Ex. "3 Spider Plants, 1 Aloe vera"

Ex. "2019"
Use of Chemicals

Ex. "5"


Water

Ex. "50"

Ex. "10 micrograms/L"
Food



Ex. "4"

Exercise and Well-Being (Access to Nature)

Ex. "90"

Other


Ex. "We noticed that after breaks, students need reminders of how to sort their waste properly. This may have influenced our audit, since our verification audit happened after long weekend."

Ex. "We plan to continue our education awareness campaign and we’ll start the very first week of school in the fall so students get in the rhythm of sorting their waste properly."

At-Home Action

In order for your sustainability efforts to become a part of your school's identity, the entire community has to be aware and involved.
STEP FIVE: SHARE YOUR STORY

Ex. "Our morning video announcements were essential in making our entire school aware. We also put up fliers around the school."

Ex. "We demonstrated food sorting at our Back to School Nights in the fall and spring."




STEP SIX: SURVEY, CERTIFY AND CELEBRATE 
You are so close to completing your Report Card! We are looking for your feedback regarding our Certification program, as it will make EarthGen more relevant and useful for you, your Green Team, and schools across the state in the future.




Please give your Report Card a careful final review to make sure that all of your information is complete and correct. We will follow up with you in about two weeks with a review of your Report Card and information about celebrating your success!