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Schools Cutting Carbon Partner Organizations

Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Environmental Resources Management ERM is the company that will be working with all Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon schools to improve their building energy conservation and efficiency. ERM is the world’s leading provider of environmental, health and safety, risk and social consulting services. They deliver innovative solutions for business and government clients, assisting them in managing their environmental and related risks. They have 145 offices in 41 countries and employ over 3,500 staff. ERM’s award winning climate change services are tailored to support client programs along the entire carbon management cycle.

U.S. Green Building Council – Mississippi Headwaters Chapter
U.S. Green Building Council - Mississippi Headwaters Chapter The Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is a volunteer-driven organization educating and promoting the benefits of sustainable, energy-efficient buildings. USGBC promotes the design and construction of green schools, which can have a tremendous impact on student health, test scores, teacher retention, school operational costs and the environment.

YES! Youth Energy Summit
Youth Energy Summit A unique and exciting program, the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) engages teams of youth in action projects to literally put energy into our future. Youth (grades 8-12) participate in four special events during the school year to learn about and discuss renewable energy, climate change, energy entrepreneurship, and energy economics. In their home communities, each team undertakes an energy action project of their choosing. An award ceremony culminates the year, with prizes for outstanding teams.

The Will Steger Foundation
Will Steger Foundation Established in January 2006 by polar explorer Will Steger, the Will Steger Foundation, located in Minneapolis, MN, is dedicated to creating programs that foster international leadership and cooperation through environmental education and policy. Will Steger Foundation provides support, along with the Alliance for Sustainability, to the Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota.

Youth Environmental Activists (YEA MN)
Youth Environmental Activists of MN YEA MN is a youth-led student movement working for sustainability through a network of Minnesota high school environmental clubs. They meet monthly to share project ideas about how they can work together to help high school environmental clubs grow and make a difference, and plan and carry out joint events and actions.

Transcampus Energy Action Movement (TEAM MN)
The Transcampus Energy Action Movement The Transcampus Energy Action Movement (TEAM) is a network of Minnesota youth organizations focused on meeting the opportunities inherent in clean energy future. Their motto: Together, we can collaborate and create a strong voice for Minnesota’s future.

Project Green Fleet
Project Green Fleet Project Green Fleet is a collaboration of businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations that helps school districts and school bus operators reduce diesel bus emissions. Project Green Fleet has installed diesel retrofit equipment on nearly 500 buses since 2006, which individually can reduce certain outdoor air pollutants by 40 to 90% on each bus.


Other Organizations


What is an Eco-Profile®?

Eco-Profiles® are a simple way for every person, company and organization to communicate and share what they do environmentally in one consistent format and to effortlessly inspire others to do the same.

No more confusion about what ‘green’ means!

F.R.E.E Network
This site is for teachers and students at all grade levels who want to learn more about forests and the management of forests. Within this site are: * research resources * lists of teaching resources categorized by topic and grade level * list of teaching units by topic * downloadable PowerPoint slides that can be used in computerized presentations or converted to overhead transparencies * an environmental quiz that has been administered to thousands of students and adults nationwide * links to other forest-oriented information sites

Farm to School, University of Minnesota
If your school is looking to work on local foods in the cafeteria, then the University of Minnesota’s Farm to School program would be a huge help. They have a Minnesota toolkit for food service aimed at getting more food grown by farmers in your community on to your lunch trays!

How much impact can farm-to-school programs have on a regional economy
Farm-to-school programs consist of sourcing local farm products for school cafeterias.
Often, the purchases are combined with learning activities for the students, centered
around nutrition and farm education. Programs are cropping up across America as a
means to improve both student health and knowledge about food and farming. One oftquoted
reason for supporting farm-to-school programs is the economic impact programs
will have on local communities, as dollars previously used to purchase food from outside
the local area are directed toward local purchases. Very little research, however, has
been done to measure the economic impact of farm-to-school programs on local

Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE)
Schools for Energy Efficiency® (SEE) is a comprehensive program is for K-12 schools to save energy and money by changing behavior throughout the district. SEE provides a systemized plan, awareness materials, training, and utility tracking for immediate and sustainable savings.

Sierra Student Coalition
The Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) is a network of high school and college students from across the country working to protect the environment. The SSC is the youth-run (age 14-30) chapter of the Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. Our mission is to develop leaders for the environmental movement by training, empowering, and organizing youth to run effective campaigns that result in tangible environmental victories.

Global Exchange
As an education and action resource center, Global Exchange advances our vision by working to ensure our members and constituents are empowered locally and connected globally to create a just and sustainable world. Global Exchange takes a holistic approach to creating change. With 20 years working for international human rights, we realize that in order to advance social, environmental and economic justice we must transform the global economy from profit centered to people centered, from currency to community. We work with students in the Midwest on clean energy issues.

Minnesota Teachers of Science here is a convenient, no-cost, grade-appropriate, standards-based summer science workshops in all regions of the state. Topics include Earth Science, Biology/Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Inquiry and Assessment. Plus, no-cost programs to earn your teaching license in high school physics (PhASE Project) and high school chemistry (ChemCAL Project)..

STEM is a statewide campaign that has been made possible through the support of state organizations including: Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota High Tech Association, Minnesota Business Partnership, and Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. It is directed towards high school students, their parents and educators, promoting the importance of high school achievement, the value of rigorous courses, particularly math and science, and the need for early career and postsecondary planning.

Go Green Initiative
The Go Green Initiative is a non-profit organization focused on PTAs. Their goal is to provide every school in America the opportunity to protect the environment and children’s health through adoption of the Go Green Initiative.

Simple Steps for Schools
This list of steps is broad—recognizing that what makes sense for one school may not be practical for another—and is a great start for your administrators, building managers, teachers, and students to begin to think about how your school can work toward saving energy and improving the environment.

State of Minnesota Healthy and Sustainable Schools
With a goal of helping Minnesota K-12 schools reduce operating costs, reduce environmental impacts and promote a healthy indoor/outdoor environment for students, the MPCA has produced a free resource that provides a 65-page guide to the many physical & operational aspects of a school that can be changed; as well as a 60-page assessment tool for walking through school buildings and documenting what needs to be done to make improvements.

Alliance to Save Energy Green Schools Program
Energy costs are an enormous expense for our nation’s schools. To help free up more resources for education while strengthening academic learning, the Alliance’s Green Schools Program engages students in creating energy-saving activities in their schools, using hands-on, real-world projects.

The Green School Alliance
The Green Schools Alliance (GSA) was created by schools, from schools and is working with and through schools worldwide to promote energy conservation and environmental awareness and responsibility.


Technical Resources

Energy Smart Schools
This Department of Energy-sponsored website has a wealth of information for schools on project financing, planning, designing and building, and operations and maintenance.

How to measure your carbon footprint
Having students learn their carbon footprint—how much carbon dioxide is emitted as a result of their daily activities—can help students understand the impacts of their actions on the environment. It will also help you to understand how much carbon your project can save. The National Environmental Education Foundation developed this carbon footprint calculator specifically for students.

Farm to School
Minnesota Toolkit for Food Service-Getting grown by your local community onto your student’s lunch tray.

Minnesota Department of Education directory
This directory provides lists of all school districts and schools (public and private) in a variety of formats, even with the names of superintendents—you name it, it’s there.

ENERGY STAR energy service and product providers in Minnesota.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
The LEED program is a national certification and benchmark program of the U.S. Green Building Council that has an established rating system for newly-constructed and renovated buildings. LEED building ratings take a holistic building approach to sustainability by measuring building performance in five areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Minnesota Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program (RETAP)
Provides free, confidential, non-regulatory assessments and services in pollution prevention, waste reduction, and energy use to schools and other institutions to help them reduce pollution, waste, energy use, and operating costs.

A GreenPrint for Minnesota: State plan for environmental education GreenPrint for Minnesota: State plan for environmental education, third edition is the state plan for environmental education for 2008-2018

Collaborative for High Performance Schools
CHPS is dedicated to creating a new generation of high performance schools that provide an excellent learning environment while preserving our natural resources. This organization provides outreach information, services, and incentive programs directly to designers.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association
MREA is a nonprofit that promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration. MREA offers workshops on energy efficient and alternative construction, photovoltaics, solar thermal systems, and wind systems.


Educational Resources

Academy of Energy Education
Johnson Controls has partnered with the National Energy Foundation to create this program, which combines school energy projects with a developed energy curriculum for grades K-12.

Helping Students Help Their Parents – The Easy Energy Action Plan
Have students print off this checklist to take home and talk to their parents. You can’t go wrong with these 10 simple ways to use energy wisely. Have students report back to see how successful they were and measure the impact you were able to have!

Alternative Energy Fuels Learning Alternative energy takes center stage, a national program teaches the science and power of the wind. A great article about schools enrolled in a Department of Energy program. Minnesota schools are not eligible for the funding, but can receive the specially designed curriculum about wind energy.

The Habitable Planet-A Systems Approach for Environmental Science
The Habitable Planet is a multimedia course for high school teachers and adult learners interested in studying environmental science. The Web site provides access to course content, videos, projects, and activities developed by leading scientists and researchers in the field.

National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project
NEED works to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.

Energy Lesson Plans, Curriculum, and Materials
Includes resources for lesson plans, curriculum, and educational materials for teaching students and children about energy, particularly energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Renewable Energy Education Programs
This site includes a mix of lessons, projects, and teaching and learning guides. These materials vary in duration, grade level, and topic. They do not, when taken as a whole, form a comprehensive renewable energy curriculum. Rather, they represent diverse materials developed through equally diverse research assignments and projects.

The KidWind Project
KidWind is dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of wind energy science education throughout the US through their teacher workshops and educational materials.

Aramark Case for Business and Cultural Acceptance for Trayless Dining
A great resource for schools looking into trayless dining

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