The Pathways program provides grants, one-on-one support, and expert resources to K-12 schools in Delaware that are committed to becoming healthier, more sustainable, and more energy efficient.
Participating schools work toward achieving certification and national recognition through the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools and NWF's Eco-Schools awards.
The Delaware Pathways to Green Schools Program has limited funding to support the implementation of activities associated with pursuing Eco-Schools USA certification and/or the U.S. Green Ribbon Schools award.
The maximum amount that can be requested is $3000. In some instances, partial award amounts will be granted, so it is suggested that applicants indicate which items are priorities within their proposals and/or budgets.
Schools in bold are participating in the 2020-2021 School Year
Academia Charter School | Albert Einstein Academy | Appoquinimink High School | Brandywine High School | Brandywine Springs Elementary School | Christ the Teacher Catholic School | Christiana High School | Cooke Elementary | Delmar Middle and High School | Douglass by Providence | Eastside Charter School | First State Montessori Academy | Forwood Elementary School | Hanby Elementary | Kirk Middle School | Lancashire Elementary | Las Americas ASPIRA Academy | Linden Hill Elementary School | Milford High School |
Mt. Pleasant Elementary School | Mt. Pleasant High School | Newark Center for Creative Learning | Odyssey Charter School | Postlethwait Middle School | Sanford School | Seaford Central Elementary School | Serviam Academy | Shue-Medill Middle School | Smyrna High School | Springer Middle School | St. Andrew’s School | St. Anne's School | Sussex Academy | Sussex Tech High School | Talley Middle School | The Independence School | The Jefferson School | The Tatnall School | Ursuline Academy | Warner Elementary School | Welch Elementary School | West Park Place Elementary School | Wilmington Montessori School
Eco-Schools USA is framework for implementing and measuring sustainability initiatives and progress. The Eco-Schools program helps students, schools, and the larger school community better understand what it means to be socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable. Through Eco-Schools, students learn more about environmental issues and explore ways in which they can apply that learning to lead more sustainable lives and improve sustainability practices in the classroom and beyond.
The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to strive for 21st-century excellence by highlighting promising school sustainability practices and resources that all can employ.
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council offers resources and a certificate program, free to participating Pathways teachers. These include Learning Lab, an online platform with over 600 hands-on lessons from respected K-12 sustainability curriculum designers and educators, and the Green Classroom Professional, a certificate to guide teachers and school staff in supporting healthy and sustainable learning spaces.
EPA's online energy management and tracking tool enables you to measure and track the energy and water performance of any building over time.
An Air Quality Monitor (AQM) creates the possibility for schoolyards to become an outdoor classroom and learning landscape with multiple educational opportunities. The sensor data and data maps are directly accessible via an Internet connection. Using digital programs to view the data, students can visualize the mostly invisible properties of the airborne particulates, temperature, moisture, barometric pressure that are occurring just outside in their schoolyard. The data measurements from environmental sensors are logged then stored and remain accessible to every virtual or in-person classroom.
These models help engage Delawareans young and old in climate change issues. Activities can be done in virtually any setting, and the time can be adjusted to meet the specific needs of users.
Climate change means Delaware is getting hotter; so much so that scientists predict we could experience as many as 3 additional weeks of days over 90° by the 2020s. And with scientists predicting increased heavy downpours due to climate change, one might ask, what does this really look like, and what can be done about it? In these activities, participants simulate heavy downpours and extreme heat on a model block to see how traditional methods of dealing with weather events may no longer be sufficient. Participants are then given the opportunity design the block, seeing how the materials we used to build with can lesson the impact of a changing climate.
Requests need to be made two weeks in advance.
When executed, all projects will have a positive impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and will help to cultivate a generation of good stewards of the environment on K-12 school campuses throughout the state.