Superficially, the new website looks very similar to the old. However, it has actually been completely rebuilt in Drupal, so that up to 4 contacts at a school can upload content (news, resources, events). Students can upload videos, photos, presentations, and register their student clubs.
Got something we should add to the site? Send it to email@example.com we’ll post if it’s beneficial to schools. Finally, you can “ask an expert” about almost anything you can think of!
So excited that it is finally launched. We are going to build out the toolkit and resource pages in a big way but the framework is there for it to scale it to whatever size we want. Think of it as Google for green schools…but it’s much more.
Member schools will be able to upload their profile pages, share best practices, and track their energy and climate emissions data. They can use the website to conduct research, identify and share curriculum and resources, and ultimately achieve energy reduction and educational goals. Our job is to connect and support all schools that are taking action on climate change and the environment in a meaningful, result oriented way.
The hope is that this site will help accelerate the adoption of green practices and curriculum in schools (which in NYC for example, accounts for 25% of the municipal energy bill). We are now at a critical juncture where we need to move our students and schools fully into the new century, which is being characterized by green economic development. Our current educational system needs help to prepare students for this future and to improve our global competitive position and the GSA (Green Schools Alliance) is fully committed to supporting this mission. By harnessing the incredible desire of our youth to become agents of change, all members of the school community (120,000 schools touching the lives of 80 million people–parents, teachers, staff–in the US alone) can demonstrate the tremendous impact that schools can make in reducing GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions by collectively beating the emissions caps set by our national current cap and trade system.
Veronique C. Pittman is a trustee of The Rainforest Foundation, The Green Schools Alliance, LessCancer.org and Round Hill Hotels and Villas. She is an advisory board member of the Sustainable Acai Project and Global Goods Partners. She is partner of Rainforest Native, which imports fair-trade ecological products from the Amazon rainforest. Pittman is a former graphic designer, cook, adventurer and is interested in indigenous rights, biodiversity conservation, green technologies, discovery learning, and women’s reproductive health and population control.
The 8th Wayuu Taya Foundation Gala
PHOTO: Paul Sladkus with The Peace Parrots by Gloria Waslyn, note Baby Merlin was born in Queens, New York!