Student Green Teams
Purpose and Guidelines
The purpose of creating a Student Green Team is to empower and provide leadership opportunities for students to organize and implement sustainable activities at school. Having a Green Team in place will set a standard for environmental stewardship for school stakeholders: students, faculty, administration, staff, and parents. With the assistance of a team coordinator, this student-based group identifies issues, makes recommendations and takes action towards greening the school. Since many activities, such as recycling and waste reduction, involve the schools' administration and maintenance staff, efforts need to be coordinated with school operations prior to implementation.
Each school will be different in their approach to establishing, structuring and engaging a Green Team. An important component of a successful green team is the commitment of a coordinator to promote teamwork and decision making. This person selects members, coordinates efforts, encourages shared responsibility and oversees the implementation of programs.