At Green Schools’ K-12 section, you’ll find information on how to lower your school’s carbon footprint and environmental impact. This can be achieved through our 12 Steps to Sustainability, as outlined throughout this site. This plan was developed by the Institute for Sustainable Energy, an organization aimed at helping state facilities and schools reduce their energy use and ecological footprint through improved practices, upgraded technology, and increased awareness.
The Institute:supports regional, national and international climate change efforts by making facilities more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly;
has initiated a project to research, identify and promote an effective approach to sustainable K-12 schools in Connecticut;
provides leadership and resources to Connecticut schools interested in taking a comprehensive sustainability approach aimed at lowering energy use and cost;
targets twelve areas of sustainable activity on campuses, including greenhouse gas reduction, water and wastewater management, improved recycling, hazardous materials, and materials procurement.
As part of the Green Schools Initiative, several environmental projects are being piloted at Eastern Connecticut State University. In addition, ECSU is a signatory of the Talloires Declaration and has also received a campus ecology report card from the National Wildlife Federation. Information on the sustainability model that is being developed at ECSU is available on this website or by contacting the Institute for Sustainable Energy at (860) 465 - 0251 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.