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Welcome to

Welcome to

Lori Paradis Brant

lbrant@ctwoodlands.org 860-346-TREE

Welcome to 5649673


Welcome to 5649673

What is PLT?

Welcome to 5649673

Support for

Members of Connecticut Forest & Park Association

What is environmental service learning

What is Environmental Service-Learning?

  • Community service

  • Learning

  • Service-learning


Service learning characteristics

Service-Learning Characteristics*

  • Meaningful Service

  • Curriculum Connection

  • Reflection

  • Diversity

  • Youth Voice

  • Partnerships

  • Progress monitoring

  • Duration and intensity

  • Celebrate and share successes

  • Others?

*As defined by the National Youth Leadership Council

What is it

  • Inspirational

  • Creates responsibility

  • Develops critical thinking skills

  • Grows leadership

What is it?

Why become a plt greenschool

Why become a PLT GreenSchool? 


Cost savings

Student leadership skills


Environmental stewardship


Program components

Program Components

1. Professional Development

  • Five GreenSchools! Investigations

    3.Environmental Service-Learning Action Projects

Plt ct greenschool two rivers magnet middle school east hartford

PLT CT GreenSchool: Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, East Hartford

“Their work has shown me all the things students can accomplish when they’re given leadership opportunities and a voice,” says school enrichment coordinator/Green Rivers team advisor Christie Hazen and PLT CT Educator of the Year, 2011-2012.More on Two Rivers as a PLT GreenSchool!

Authentic student voice

Authentic Student Voice

“Our goal is to educate ourselves, our school, and do outreach work in nearby schools and towns. We want to teach others how to conserve energy, recycle, compost, and how to protect the environment. ”

Green Rivers You Tube Video

Certification requirements

  • Registration: www.greenschools.org

  • Professional development

  • Establish GreenSchools! Team

  • Investigate

  • Action projects

  • Results & success

Certification Requirements

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Environmental Quality

-Discover the connections among dust, air particles, and asthma

Energy Investigation

-Using technological tools

-School-Wide Energy Survey

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tree benefits calculator

Www epa gov cleanenergy energy and you how clean html


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School Site investigation

-Creating a school map

-Using on-line calculators to determine the value of trees

Waste & Recycling

-Interview school personnel to learn about purchasing policies


-Understand their place in the local and regional watershed



Welcome to 5649673

“Our Green Rivers Club started as a grassroots thing, the idea of just two students. Now it involves the whole school community and many different projects. From the beginning, PLT’s GreenSchools! program has helped our students grow in skills, leadership, and environmental awareness.”

--Christie Hazen, Enrichment Coordinator, Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, East Hartford

and PLT CT Educator of the Year, 2011-2012

Small group discussion questions

Small Group Discussion Questions

  • What are some possible environmental action projects that could combine community service with student learning?

  • What state or local partner organizations might you involve in PLTGreenSchools?

    3. If you have an existing “Green Schools” type program – how might you partner with them to accomplish the goals of PLT’s GreenSchools! initiative?

Thank you

Thank You!


PLT CT Coordinator: Lori Paradis Brant

Connecticut Forest & Park Association



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