Sustainable Nevada is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the EcoStudents pilot program. The first project of its kind in the country, EcoStudents was composed of four pillars:
- A Sustainability Curriculum that uses ecology and the environment to teach the science behind green community design. The curriculum has been approved by the Washoe County School District for an environmental science credit.
- A Sustainable Campus that includes green buildings that reduce building operating costs and improve student and faculty health and wellness; and an outdoor learning environment that includes gardens that provide students and the community with access to fresh, organic, locally grown food.
- Linked Learning, a program that connects what students learn in the classroom to community professionals and internships that place students on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design career pathways.
- Sustainable Learning Communities, an outreach program that helps other schools implement their own EcoStudents program.
Multiple partnerships were created to implement the EcoStudents program including partnerships between the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the Nevada USGBC Green Schools Committee, The Center for Green Schools and Truckee Meadows Community College.
The program was endorsed by the Mayor of Reno, Reno City Councilmen, the United States Green Building Council, and received awards from The Washoe County Commissioners, and the Nevada Department of Education. It resulted in the first Washoe County approved 9th grade sustainability curriculum (the LEED Project Curriculum) and two separate building designs for Nevada’s first LEED Platinum school buildings.
Please contact us to learn how an EcoStudents program would work for your school.