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Getting Started: A Step-by-Step Guide

Application Timeline with Tentative Dates

Get started step-by-step (with tentative timeline dates).

1. Create a Green School Committee
This committee can include teachers, students, administrators, parents, or other staff. This will make it easier for you to put the application together. During the first meeting evaluate what you have in place and what you need to plan. This Green Schools Pre-Assessment is available to determine where your school is in the process. (September/October of Year 1)

2. Attend a Green School Training
Attend a training session(s) to learn more about the application, the program, and the process. Training information can be found here. (Fall of Year 1)

3. Set up a File Sharing System
Set up a file-sharing system in your school to share documents/information. For example, the school shared drive, a Google drive, etc. (Fall of Year 1)

4. Schedule a School-wide Meeting
Arrange a school-wide meeting with all staff to discuss step 3 and to inform all staff on the Green School process (take pictures, have all teachers sign in, include agenda, etc.). This is for documenting section 1.2.1 of the application. (Fall of Year 1)

5. Contact Local Support
Local support can include:

  • Green Centers and Green Leaders help provide local support for schools interested in becoming Green Schools. The list of Green Centers can be found here
  • If you still need further assistance contact and MAEOE will connect you with a Green Leader.

6. Celebrate!
Celebrate being green with a school-wide celebration. This can occur during spirit week, Earth Day, Arbor Day, or any day that you pick! (Throughout the fall/early winter/spring of Year 1)

7. Attend Professional Development
A minimum of 10% of your teachers must attend environmental education professional development (EE PD). There are many opportunities for staff to receive EE PD and the MAEOE calendar lists a variety of EE PD, including the MAEOE Conference, Monarch Workshops, and Project Wild/Wet/Learning Tree workshops. (Throughout the fall/ winter/spring/summer of Year 1 and Year 2)

8. Create Online Resources
Set up the template or use one of ours to populate the application throughout the year. We also recommend using an online format such as a free website, Prezi or PowerPoint. At a fall staff meeting, provide a Green School update. (Early Fall Year 2)

9. Green Center/Leader Check-In
Check-in with your local Green Center/Green Leader. If you are meeting in person, bring what you have with you so they can look it over and give you feedback. (Fall Year 2)

10. Complete Objective 1.1
Fully populate Objective 1.1 (Curriculum and Instruction: Environmental Issue Instruction) in your application. (November Year 2)

11. Submit an Intent to Apply
Submit an Intent to Apply by the December deadline. Fully populate Objective 1.2 and 1.4 by winter break. (December Year 2)

12. Complete Objective 2
Fully populate Objective 2 (Student-driven Sustainability Practices) of your application. (End of January Year 2)

13. Complete Objective 3
Fully populate Objective 3 (Community Partnerships, Awards, and Special Recognition) of your application. (February of Year 2)

14. Complete the Metrics
See the Requirements to Apply page to understand the process of entering your Sustainable Practices into the Metrics Survey. (February of Year 2)

15. Complete a Mock Review
Attend the MAEOE conference for a Mock Review Session of your application. The MAEOE conference can count towards 1.2.2 of your application. If you cannot attend the conference, consider sitting down with your Green Leader or Green Center to do a one-on-one Application review. DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNTIL MARCH. Green Leaders are busy people too, so the earlier you can meet with them, the more time and feedback they can give you. (February of Year 2)

16. Submit the Application
Complete the final touches and submit your application. (March of Year 2)

17. Look for the Results
Schools will receive an email from MAEOE in April announcing the Green Schools for the year. (April of Year 2)

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