Green Education Programs:Purpose of Tool:
Green education programs are intended to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues or problems. In doing so, the public is provided with the necessary skills to make informed decisions and to take action to improve their communities.
Benefits of Using Tool:
Green education programs are beneficial to communities through the following potential results:
Steps Involved to Use Tool:
Green education should illustrate not only relationships among natural systems, but also how individuals affect their surrounding environment through their daily actions. Maintaining and enhancing environmental quality depends largely on individual, voluntary actions at home and at work. The following steps are typically taken in implementing green education programs:
Special Requirements to Use Tool:
Because many environmental issues affect multiple jurisdictions, cooperative agreements between agencies and governments may improve the effectiveness of green education programs.
Specials Resources Needed to Use Tool:
To effectively implement a Green Education Program, the local government should launch an outreach program designed to educate the community and elevate its environmental consciousness. Educational resources include guidebooks, sustainability calculators that measure ecological and carbon footprints, and information on “greening” the home and office. Many educational resources are available online and are convenient and easily accessible for the community. Green education programs are suitable for any setting, but typically occur in local government or community centers.
Communities / Agencies that Have Used Tool:
Pasadena Planning Department
175 North Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91109
1437 Bannock Street, Room 350
Denver, Colorado 80202
Metrics to Use to Monitor Tool Effectiveness:
Depending on the objective of the green education program, effective metrics may include a variety of measures, such as consumption patterns before and after program attendance. For example, Denver, Colorado and Duval County, Florida have implemented a program that educates citizens about changing their households and neighborhoods by bringing together action-oriented people who are concerned about the impact of their consumption habits on the environment. The program has proved to be successful as individuals are conserving more resources and using less energy after completing the program. Public awareness and opinion may be measured with surveys or, less precisely, by observing trends in the occurrence of program topics in newspaper articles, green website hits, and attendance at education program events.
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