State & Federal Government Agencies
- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
State agency charged with ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources in Massachusetts. Sponsors and manages THE GREEN TEAM program.
- Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Massachusetts secretariat established to safeguard public health from environmental threats and to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Commonwealth. Departments within EEA include the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Agricultural Resources, Department of Conservation and Recreation and Department of Fish and Game, each of which offers educational resources related to their missions.
- Massachusetts Operational Services Division Environmentally Preferable Product Procurement
State office of procurement’s program through which environmentally preferable products are available on state contract for schools and other political subdivisions of the Commonwealth.
- Environmental Protection Agency
Federal agency charged with protecting human health and the environment in the United States. Provides educational resources on every environmental topic.
Organizations and Associations
- Secondary Materials & Recycled Textiles (SMART)
Trade Association that promotes the reuse and recycling of used clothing, fibers, and wiping materials. Includes information and lesson plans for educators.
- Beyond Benign
A Massachusetts non-profit focusing on Green Chemistry education, whose vision is to revolutionize the way chemistry is taught to better prepare students to engage with their world while connecting chemistry, human health and the environment.
- Center for EcoTechnology (CET)
Massachusetts non-profit organization that demonstrates and promotes practical, affordable solutions to the environmental challenges encountered in our daily activities. Provides environmental education and resources.
- Carton Council
Offers grants for free recycling containers to schools to start carton recycling programs. Contact Carton Council for more information. Also offers “Best Practices Guide” that includes examples of successful school carton recycling programs, posters that explain effective source separation for school carton recycling programs, and a “Model Custodial Guidelines” document that provides an outline for custodial staff on establishing a carton recycling program.
Massachusetts coalition of individuals, governments, businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting and realizing the vital environmental, social and economic benefits created by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste materials, and by increasing the utilization of recycled products. Provides recycling resources and links for teachers, students and parents and sponsors a recycling listserve.
- Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA)
A non-profit organization that provides cooperative purchasing programs, educational and networking opportunities, technical assistance and cooperative marketing programs for recycling. Their School Club has a multitude of school lesson plans, activities and links that are free to access.
- The Green Schools Initiative
Greenschools is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create Greener & Healthier learning environments through education and awareness.
- The Green Education Foundation
Provides educational resources that promote sustainable, impactful pro-green habits and practices in children, families, and communities.
- Cradle to Crayons
Accepts and distributes donations of coats, shoes and other items to low-income and homeless children.
- MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Page
Recycling, composting, reuse, hazardous waste management, electronics, green living, municipal assistance, bottle and can deposits, kids & teachers resources
- Earth 911
Find out what can be recycled in your community, locate haulers for various recyclables and other environmental resources.
- EPA Educational Resources Page for Recycling
A wealth of materials for teachers, kids, students, and researchers to develop an increased knowledge of recycling and other solid waste issues.
Provides tips and resources for setting up or improving district-wide recycling.
- The Great Locker Greenout Toolkit
An instructional resource developed by Mass Recycle for organizing a School Locker Cleanout Day that encourages recycling and reuse.
Composting & Worm Composting
- MassDEP Composting Page
Resources and tips for a successful composting project and vermicomposting “how to” (worm composting).
- THE GREEN TEAM How to Compost at School video
Video demonstrating how to compost at schools, length 4:45.
- THE GREEN TEAM How to Set Up the New Age Composter
Video demonstrating how to set up the compost bin available from THE GREEN TEAM, length 6:51.
- School Cafeteria Recycling and Composting Resources
A collection of training presentations and guidelines for reducing trash in school cafeterias from the Univ. of Southern Maine and EPA.
- Composting is Easy
Instructions on how to make a compost pile as a one-page handout or poster.
- The food web of the compost pile
One-page illustration of the organisms in the decomposer food web.
- The Green Team Composting Lesson Plan
Step-by-step lesson plan for teaching the principles of composting and building a compost pile.
- School Composting Manual by Mansfield Middle School, CT
How to set up a school wide cafeteria composting program.
- Florida’s Online Composting Center
Composting tutorial and information website.
- MassDEP’s Textile Recovery Resources
A collection of resources on textile recycling that includes a “Textile Recycling Education in Schools” section with a case study on a successful textile recycling program, as well as lesson plans for teaching and learning about textile recycling.
- What You Can Do To Help Prevent Wasted Food
This booklet from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) includes tips for nutrition professionals, teachers, administrators, parents, and students on how to reduce wasted food in schools.
- Savers State of Reuse Report
A report by Savers about opportunities to increase reuse of consumer goods, with focus on clothing and textiles.
- Fort Collins Waste Reduction at School
Waste reduction suggestions for classrooms and offices.
- Creative Solutions to Ending School Food Waste
A case study of a Virginia-based elementary school that practices food recovery for donation and food scraps diversion in the cafeteria, and also incorporates educational lessons on these programs into classroom curriculums.
- EPA Reuse + Recycling = Waste Reduction: A Guide for Schools and Groups
A manual full of helpful tips on school waste reduction programs.
- USDA Food Donation Fact Sheet
Guidance on food donation from school cafeterias.
- Rotten Truth About Garbage
An in-depth look at the complex issues surrounding municipal solid waste.
- Teachers’ Guide to High Quality Educational Materials on Climate Change and Global Warming
This guide points K-12 educators to the best sites for teaching about climate change.
- Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)
A non-profit dedicated to educating America’s high school students about the science behind climate change and inspiring them to do something about it—while having fun along the way. ACE provides high school assembly programs and student action programs free of charge.
- Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program
Funded by the Department of Energy, ARM’s website offers many resources for teaching students about climate change.
- EPA Climate Change at School
A directory of education and action planning resources for schools.
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Education Resources
A variety of educational materials on weather, climate change, oceans, satellites, space, research and training opportunities.
- MassDEP’s Air Quality
Information about the environmental and health effects of air quality.
- EPA School Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Assessment Mobile App
This free app from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) helps identify and prioritize issues such as ventilation, cleaning, and integrated pest management to improve IAQ in schools.
- MassDEP’s Daily Air Quality Forecasts
Find out the quality of the air in your community day by day.
- MassDEP’s MassCleanDiesel: Clean Air for Kids Program
Statewide program designed to reduce air pollution from school buses. Funding is available to municipal and private bus owners who apply to cover 100% of the costs for parts and labor to install emission reduction devices on diesel school buses.
- EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation
Information about pollution prevention and energy efficiency, indoor and outdoor air quality, industrial air pollution, pollution from vehicles and engines, radon, acid rain, stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and radiation protection.
- DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
A variety of lesson plans and activities on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
- Air Now
National air quality outlook.
- Clean Air Activities / Idling Reduction
Activities and pledges to create an idle free zone for your school.
- Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
K-12 education – professional development and curriculum resources for teachers about sustainable energy solutions.
- U.S. Department of Energy
Information about fuel economy of specific cars and alternative fuels.
Nonprofit organization dedicated to improving walking conditions in cities and towns across Massachusetts.
- “Air Pollution: What’s the Solution?”
An educational web site designed for grades 6-9 by the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology, the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- The National Association of Clean Air Agencies
Learn about air pollution, find the latest news and information on important air topics and link to governmental air pollution control agencies around the world.
An interactive web site designed for students by Earth Day Canada.
- Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
Project WET is committed to educating children, teachers and communities about water education. Hands on activities and lessons that teach important concepts about water and conservation.
- EPA Water Education
List of websites directing you to lessons and projects for an educator to teach about water.
- Every Little Drop Counts
This teacher’s guide is part of “Every Little Drop Counts,” a collection of education materials developed by Southwest Florida Water Management District that helps kindergarten through third-grade students learn about water conservation through reading skill enhancement and hands-on science.
- The Watershed Game
An interactive game for 3rd grade students and older who want to learn about the watershed.
Household Hazardous Waste
- EPA’s Waste and Recycling Teaching Resources
A wealth of resources for teaching various ages about hazardous waste.
- Mass Water Resources Authority (MWRA)
MWRA educational guides contain hands-on activities for a range of topics and grade levels and are supported by free teacher workshops.
- “A Healthy Environment Starts At Home”
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s guide to reducing our use of household hazardous products.
- MassDEP Mercury Resources
A wealth of resources on mercury for teachers and students.
- EPA’s Schools and Mercury
Information about how to reduce the hazards of mercury on children’s health, avoid chemical liabilities, develop planning tools and establish collection programs for mercury.
- NEWMOA’s Getting Mercury out of Schools and Communities
A comprehensive guide to identifying common sources of mercury in schools and how to replace mercury-containing items with safe substitutes.
- “Mercury in our Environment – Problems and Solutions”
Center for EcoTechnology‘s fact sheet about the effects, solutions and ways to prevent mercury exposure.
- Don’t Mess With Mercury
A mercury spill prevention initiative for schools with informative resources on mercury for teachers and students from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
- EPA’s Student Center
Information and games about all things environmental.
- DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Kids Saving Energy
Energy activities and facts for kids.
- National Geographic Kids
An interactive site that offers many ways to explore the world around us.
High School Students
- EPA’s High School Environmental Center
This site will inform you about environmental issues and help you protect the environment.
- The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
Provides a variety of resources for educators that include information about environmental education organizations, materials, events, employment opportunities, awards, and grants programs.
- New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA)
Promotes quality environmental education across New England in partnership with the state environmental educational organizations.
- Massachusetts Environmental Educational Society (MEES)
MEES provides tools for environmental educators, including an annual conference in March, the MEES Observer newsletter, massmees.org, and sponsorship of Project WET.
- Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST)
Provides resources, annual conference and educational information for science teachers in Massachusetts
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
NSTA is committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching in all age levels. Members are able to access NSTA’s books and journals, find out about conferences and professional development opportunities, as well as stay informed about relevant news and events.
- Farms to Schools
These programs connect schools with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime.
- Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom
Fosters an awareness and learning in all areas related to the food and agricultural industries.
- American Paper Recycling – American Paper Retriever
American Paper Retriever, formerly Abitibi Paper Retriever, offers a similar service promoting recycling of paper, cardboard, aluminum cans and plastic bottles by placing bins, at no cost. Communities and organizations are then paid for the recyclables they, and members of their surrounding community, collect.
- Bay State Textiles
Offers School Box Program to collect donated clothing, shoes, and linens to raise money for your school.
- Recycle That
Offers collection boxes to collect donated clothing, shoes, accessories, and books/CDs/DVDs to raise money for your school.
- Bag 2 School
Offers fundraising collections of clothes, soft toys, bedding, drapes, belts, purses, and shoes.
- Big Hearted Books & Clothing
Provides fundraising opportunities for Massachusetts schools through used book collections and provides free books to schools that participate.
- Reuse This Bag
Reuse This Bag offers an eco-friendly fundraising option… reusable grocery bags. The bags can be personalized with your organization’s name.
- Mother Earth Fundraising
Mother Earth Fundraising carries a variety of eco-friendly products to help your school or non-profit organization ‘Raise Money Responsibly.’
- Let’s Go Green
Let’s Go Green offers a fundraising option that allows students to get involved with helping the environment at a grassroots level.
- Funding Factory Consolidate school fundraising programs under one roof by recycling empty laser and inkjet printer cartridges and/or earn commissions by shopping online.
- Recycling Advantage Recycling Advantage is a program by Advantage Cartridge not only recycles but they have many programs for schools and non-profits to actually make money doing fundraisers.
Earn money for your school by collecting used food containers.
Environmentally Friendly Products
- Extras for Creative Reuse:
A Boston-based non-profit organization that offers recycled materials for art projects and workshops to parents, teachers and kids at low or no-cost, and takes donations of reusable, recycled and surplus material for redistribution.
Contests & Awards
- Massachusetts Envirothon
The natural education program for high school students. Teams of five students represent their organization in a state-wide competition testing their knowledge about various environmental issues.
- North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Student Award and Grant Programs
A list of environmental award program opportunities for students and teachers.
- Secretary’s Awards for Excellent in Energy and Environmental Education
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs award program for excellence in energy and environmental education.
- EPA’s Earth Day Website
Offers many tips and fun ways to protect the environment and your health every day.
- Arbor Day Foundation
Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance on April 24th that encourages tree planting and care.
- Earth Hour
Join communities, businesses and governments around the world by turning off your lights for 1 hour in March.
- National Green Week
Provides educational resources that promote sustainable, impactful pro-green habits and practices in children, families and communities.