Check out our new programs pages for more information on your favorite sustainability subjects!
Lowes Toolbox for Education (more info)
Due: September 26
2016-2017 SCDHEC Recycling Education Grant Program (more info)
Due: September 30
Be A Champion of the Environment Environmental Project Grant (more info)
Due: October 17
Institute Teacher Fellowship for Teach Earth
Earthwatch is looking for teachers who are passionate about teaching, excited about making a difference with their time and talents, and interested in conservation, environmental sustainability, and lifelong learning.
Through EarthWatch's Teach Earth Teacher Fellowship Program, educators can immerse themselves in a 7-14 day science learning and professional development experience where they can gain confidence, skills, and knowledge in scientific research and environmental issues through hands-on data collection and through lectures with world class scientists in natural landscapes around the world. Check out this video and last year's flyer to learn more.
- A Teach Earth Fellowship includes the full cost of your assigned expedition, including meals, accommodations, and on-site transportation. Fellows also receive a travel award grant to offset out-of-pocket travel expenses to and from the expedition site. Travel award value varies by project location.
How to apply for a 2017 fellowship:
- Fill out the Interest Form (qualified teachers will be invited to complete an application that is due December 18, 2016)
- Fellowship notifications will be sent in April 2017
CCSD Sustainabiltiy Symposium
Stay tuned for more information on this year's event!
Ongoing Sustainability Programs and Opportunities
South Carolina Outdoor Education Program
SCOEP or the South Carolina Outdoor Education Program works to bring conservation and environmental stewardship education to upper elementary and middle school students through kayaking and trekking exploration of Charleston's coastal landscape. SCOEP was created through funding from the Butler Foundation for Environmental Education, and is currently operated and administered by Coastal Expeditions and the Coastal Conservation League.
During expeditions, staff from Coastal Expeditions take middle school students out on kayak tours of the Shem Creek area in Mount Pleasant or take upper elementary school students trekking in Bulls Bay to educate students about critical areas of local environment and ecosystems. This program is a unique way to blend both fitness and education for students from all over the Lowcountry as it strives to provide a 50:50 fitness to education ratio within its experience.
To find out how your upper elementary or middle school students can take part in this program this Fall, visit the South Carolina Outdoor Education Program Facebook page or contact:
Have you read the first issues of CCSD's and the Charleston County Environmental Management's newsletters? These publications are designed to keep CCSD educators and partners informed of sustainability-related opportunities and events.
CCSD's Sustainable Schools Green Newsletters
Charleston County Environmental Management's Quarterly Newsletter for CCSD Teachers
What is the District's Sustainable Schools Initiative?
Charleston County School District (CCSD) is committed to fostering environmental education and sustainability across the district in a manner that is cost-effective and sustainable. With this commitment in mind, the district has launched the Sustainable Schools Initiative.
The three-tiered plan focuses on:
- Sustainable, Healthy Schools for current and future generations;
- Sustainable Construction to meet the needs of growing minds in a growing world; and
- Sustainable Curriculum to enable our students to become stewards of their environment and community
Can You Tell Me More About the Initiative?
The first element of the initiative is fostering sustainable, healthy schools. CCSD is committed to adopting practices that provide a sustainable, healthy learning and working environment that contributes to the educational, physical, and mental well-being of all students and staff. Current projects include increased recycling, resource conservation, green procurement, reduced emissions, green cleaning, and sustainable cafeterias.
The second element of the sustainability initiative is sustainable construction. Our goal is to construct sustainable, environmentally friendly schools that conserve
while improving the quality of the learning and working environment for students and staff. Since 2000, CCSD has constructed 25+ schools that meet the requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, including South Carolina’s first LEED Silver certified school, North Charleston Elementary.
The third element of the initiative focuses on sustainable curriculum. CCSD has the responsibility to prepare students for a changing 21st century workforce in which green and sustainability-based jobs will become a booming industry. Environmental education is incorporated throughout K-12 in a variety of programs ranging from school environmental clubs to class composting and garden projects. South Carolina science curriculum standards addresses environmental topics in all primary and secondary grade levels, and in a continuously growing variety of high school level courses.
How Can I Learn More?
Please visit this page again soon as it will be updated throughout the year. Please contact us at (843) 937-6394 if you have any questions about the Sustainable Schools Initiative.