Green Up Our Schools provides funding for proposed waste reduction, recycling, and composting plans in elementary schools. Each year, we ask our member schools to complete the same requirements, outlined below.

Start of the Year
We ask each school to do these three activities to get the year off to a great start. Once all three are completed, we’ll send you the grant check ($1,000 for year 1, $500 for year 2, and $500 for year 3).

  • Form the student green team
  • Conduct a school-wide waste assessment with the students to collect baseline waste data
  • Hold a kick-off assembly or other form of education on your project goals at school
During the Year
Each school is asked to complete two waste reduction projects each year (for example, a “Zero Waste Lunch Campaign” or a “Paper Towel Reduction Campaign”). Once in place, schools are required to assess project success and report findings to Green Up Our Schools on a quarterly basis (October, December, February, April). To provide support, we touch base with every school once a month on the phone. We’ll also host several optional events called Coffee Hours, where we bring all of the teachers and parents together to share ideas.
End of the Year
We throw an annual Appreciation Dinner to say thanks for all the time & energy invested throughout the year. To wrap things up, we also ask each school for a couple more things:

  • A final school-wide waste assessment so we can chart our progress
  • An itemized expense report showing how the grant funding was spent