ERIC Number: EJ895042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
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Sustainability with a Sane Tack
Peterson, Dennis L.
School Administrator, v67 n7 p26-31 Aug 2010
The author has been in education long enough to remember the bright orange stickers above every light switch reminding them to turn off the lights during the energy crisis of the 1970s. He remembers the TV commercial scanning piles of loose garbage along the highways, then panning out to show a tear rolling down the cheek of a Native American. Their disregard for the planet, their seemingly endless consumption of finite resources that polluted the land and air, and, of course, the 1973-74 OPEC oil embargo gave birth to an environmental movement and spawned numerous public policies and public agencies focused on changing their personal behavior. They've seen trends and mandates come and go in public education since that time. Now, almost 40 years later, he might have been skeptical when a group of parents asked to meet with him to get their school district on board with UPonGREEN, a national certification program for environmentally friendly practices in an organization. Minnetonka School District is well on its way to greening up. This article discusses how Minnetonka's UPonGREEN initiative make inroads in facility use and effects changes in personal behaviors and attitudes.
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, Energy, School Districts, Public Education, Administrators, Leadership, Environmental Education, Conservation (Environment), Pollution, Sustainable Development, Natural Resources, Physical Environment
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