Green Up Our Schools has worked with over 105 schools since our inception in 2008. Here's some highlights of why we accepted our newest round of schools :]
Hunters Glen Elementary (CO)
Lead volunteers loves watching the kids become advocates and embody sustainability
Already has 105 students interested in being on the Green Team!
History of student and parent action, including student run zero waste neighborhood clean-ups
Very inclusive: large refugee population with 55 different in-school languages, preschool for children with disabilities
Vega Collegiate Academy (CO)
New school, wants to build in these principles into their culture from the beginning
Can be flexible and innovative on how they implement the program because they are a charter school
Set a state record for math performance growth!
STEM Lab (CO)
Kids looked at the community and determined they wanted to focus on composting and waste reduction!
Looking to challenge their neighboring school - and GUOS program member - Hulstrom K-8!
Goal is to be as student centered as possible at all times
The Studio School (CO)
Lots of room for improvement in sustainable practices
Super tight school community with a highly involved group of parent
Arts school that plans to tackle lots of awesome creative repurposed art / theatre projects!
Brush Creek (CO)
Sees a lot of paper waste that could easily be diverted
Enthusiastic volunteer leads!
Has done a lot of work on conserving energy
Actively engaged in community sustainability efforts
Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (CO)
Sustainability is cornerstone of their school charter
Excited to start a composting program
Engaged group of youth in busy part of downtown
Montessori School of Denver (CO)
Administration and parents are invested in sustainability
Have had great success with their own initiatives, now looking for funding and more hands-on assistance
Have a freight container garden they would like to make better use of
Wants to create a ripple effect with GUOS, where students take sustainability from the school into the home and out to the rest of the community
Barnum Elementary (CO)
Program leader grew up in the area, so waste issues hit close to home and the school is excited to make a positive impact on their local community
Wants to use GUOS to teach the students about building a community of lifting each other up, not breaking each other and their environment down
Teachers are excited for apples to stop being thrown in the recycling bins!
Centreville ES (VA)
Very accomplished school engaged with their local and global community to promote environmental education and empower global
STEM integrated, they offer ample opportunities for students including gardening, cat fish farming, and online classrooms with students from other countries
Wants to help bring our program, and sustainability, to Fairfax County
Esencia K-8 (CA)
New school and they excited at the unique opportunity to start fresh with the school culture instead of having to get rid of old bad habits!
The whole school is bought in on wanting to be a leader in the area when it comes to sustainability
Will have a non-tractional library with a STEM lab theme, and want to install a reuse maker space lab!