By: Darien Aassar
Does TreesCharlotte’s mission to preserve Charlotte’s iconic tree canopy sound good to you? Are you looking to get involved to help the environment but aren’t sure how? A great way to get started is to start a Green Team at your school! Children and teens are leading the environmental movement (UNICEF) and you can join in too. Read on to learn more about what a Green Team is, how you can start one, and what activities your Green Team can do, including nominating your school for a TreesCharlotte tree planting!
A Green Team is a group of people who work on tackling environmental issues at their school and in their community (Green Schools Initiative; Zero Waste Schools). Green Teams can be very diverse—members could be students, teachers, administrators, and/or maintenance staff (Green Schools Initiative). All it takes is one person to have the idea to start a Green Team for the ball to start rolling. Follow the steps below, and you can start up a Green Team in no time!
There are many different ways Green Teams can advance their mission and help the environment. Green Teams can start recycling programs, create and participate in waste reduction strategies, start a composting program, and do crafts that reuse materials that would otherwise get sent to landfills (National Service Center for Environmental Publications). The EPA’s Student Center is a great resource for Green Teams, because it has many different resources on all kinds of activities your Green Team can complete; click here to access the EPA’s Student Center to find more activity ideas for your Green Team.
TreesCharlotte also has many resources for Green Teams! Have your teacher fill out this form to have us come talk to your Green Team and do an activity with you. On the same webpage, we also have resources on different activities your Green Team can do together, like going on a leaf scavenger hunt, measuring trees, and finding out the age of the trees at your school or in your neighborhood. Because trees are a vital part of the natural environment, learning about trees and all that they do for us living creatures should be a high priority of your Green Team.
With your principal’s permission, you can also nominate your school for a TreesCharlotte tree planting event! Click here to learn more about TreesCharlotte’s CommunityWoods program and view our application.