PA Department of Education
Environment and Ecology
Environment and ecology is grounded in the complexity of the world we live in and its sustainability. It examines the world's natural processes and social systems. Environment and ecology places emphasis on the real world. Through a sound academic content base, students learn how their everyday lives revolve around their use of the natural world, the resources it provides and the laws that influences it.
Standards Aligned Systems
The Standards Aligned System (SAS), developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, is a comprehensive, researched-based resource to improve student achievement. SAS identifies six elements that impact student achievement: Standards, Assessments, Curriculum Framework, Instruction, Materials & Resources, and Safe and Supportive Schools. Schools and educators across Pennsylvania are supported in their efforts to implement SAS by the development of a state-of-the-art portal.
US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Program
The aim of the US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and institutions of higher education to strive for 21st century excellence, by highlighting promising practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools, districts, and institutions of higher education that:
- Reduce environmental impact and costs
- Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff
- Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways
Pathways to Green Schools
Every school in Pennsylvania can start on the path towards a more green and sustainable future. Whether a school district is considering a renovation or construction project, reviewing operations and maintenance practices, planting a school garden, or updating curriculum, there is an opportunity to make our schools more cost-efficient, environmentally friendly and healthier places of learning.
Healthy Schools PA
Healthy Schools PA helps parents, teachers, staff and administrators to identify and remedy environmental risk factors in our schools. We provide information, support, and hands-on assistance so that our children can thrive and learn in healthy, toxic-free settings.
Combining environment-based learning with hands-on experiences, the Eco-Schools program sparks action in the classroom that ripples out into the greater community. Utilizing a Seven Step Framework, students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are engaged in making their community and the world a more sustainable place to live.
Women for a Healthy Environment
Women for a Healthy Environment educates and empowers women to act as ambassadors about environmental risks so that they can make healthy choices for themselves and their families and advocate for change for a better tomorrow for all.
Penn State Extension: Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
The best school IPM programs are the ones where school employees, parents, and the community share in the design and implementation of the program as a team, with each member of the team having specific roles.
In Pennsylvania, state laws and regulations require IPM plans be created for the management of pests on school grounds. In addition, state laws and regulations require IPM to be a part of Pennsylvania's academic standards. IPM is found under Subject Area 4: Environment and Ecology, and Subject Area 4.5: Humans and the Environment.