Grades of Green’s Air Earth Tips provide your school with a library of environmental tips you can use to spread awareness and inspire and educate your school community about ways to care for the environment by protecting air quality. You can publish these Air Earth Tips in your school’s e-newsletters, say them over morning announcements, or add them to bulletin boards. Because it requires a minimal time commitment, it is a great starter Grades of Green Activity! Additionally, if you’re looking to take air quality to the next level, this is a great Activity to layer on to existing air-related Grades of Green Activities.
ESTABLISH YOUR SCHOOL’S GRADES OF GREEN TEAM. Ensure that your school has established a Grades of Green Team to help implement Grades of Green’s Air Earth Tips Activity and any other Grades of Green Activities your school takes on in the future.
SET GOALS AND START TRACKING. Whether it’s setting a goal for the number of students involved or the amount of Air Earth Tips you will post this school year, set a target and begin tracking your progress so you know when it’s time to CELEBRATE! We suggest setting a goal of publishing one Air Earth Tip a month.
After you’ve viewed the list of Grades of Green’s Air Earth Tips above, select the Air Earth Tips that you think will be the most impactful to students at your school. Once you’ve narrowed your top choices down, ask your Grades of Green Team for input and start mapping out your publicity plan. You can also get creative and research your own Air Earth Tips, just be sure that your sources are credible.
DECIDE WHERE THE AIR EARTH TIPS WILL BE PUBLISHED. Now it’s time to put your plan into action. Select a few different ways to communicate each Air Earth Tip to students, parents, and teachers. The more ways you’re able to add Air Earth Tips into your school community, the more likely people are going to see them and implement the tips. Everyone has different learning styles, so challenge your Grades of Green Team to brainstorm ways to share the Air Earth Tips visually and verbally. You can also look for ways to make your Air Earth tips interactive. Click here to learn more about adapting information to different learning styles. Here’s some examples of how other Grades of Green schools have used our Air Earth Tips:
- Add to your bulletin boards
- Ask students in your Grades of Green Team to read tips over morning announcements
- Add to your school's e-newsletters
- Add to your school's social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Cut the tips out and make a collage-style display board
- Get creative and make campus-wide poster displays
- Kick it up a notch! Ask local businesses, your city council, school district or local community center to share your selected Air Earth Tips around the community to spread the message far and wide
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MEASURE THE RESULTS. Remember that goal you set earlier? How’d it go? How many Air Earth Tips did you successfully spread awareness with or how many students participated?
MAKE IT SUSTAINABLE. What can you do to make sure Air Earth Tips are published at your school next year and in the years to come? We suggest making Grades of Green positions permanent, along with adding the Air Earth Tips that you implemented this year to your Grades of Green Team, PTA or volunteer handbook. Before you head out for the next school year, choose a student or volunteer who will oversee Air Earth Tips next year to make sure the legacy continues.
CHOOSE ANOTHER ACTIVITY. Now that your school has successfully implemented Grades of Green’s Air Earth Tips, take the next step in making your school even greener. Pick another Grades of Green Activity here We’re here to support you as you implement any of our Grades of Green Activities. Email here if you’d like recommendations on which Grades of Green Activity may be a good next step for your school community.
Benefit to Students
By reading Grades of Green’s Air Earth Tips, students will learn about how and why to protect the environment. For those students in charge of publishing the Tips, it will empower them to take concrete action to protect our earth by educating their campus community about easy ways they can care for the environment.
Benefits to the Environment
Grades of Green’s Earth Tips will motivate students and the larger school community to learn more about the issues affecting the environment, as well as to take simple actions to reduce air pollution and improve air quality.
Air conscious activities such as eating less meat, driving less, and using less materials can save you money.