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Welcome to. Lori Paradis Brant [email protected] 860-346-TREE. www.ctwoodlands.org/PLT_CT. What is PLT?. Support for. Members of Connecticut Forest & Park Association. What is Environmental Service-Learning?. Community service Learning Service-learning. +.

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Welcome to

Lori Paradis Brant

[email protected] 860-346-TREE


What is PLT?

Support for

Members of Connecticut Forest & Park Association

What is Environmental Service-Learning?

  • Community service

  • Learning

  • Service-learning


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

  • Inspirational

  • Creates responsibility

  • Develops critical thinking skills

  • Grows leadership

What is it?

Why become a PLT GreenSchool? 


Cost savings

Student leadership skills


Environmental stewardship


Program Components

1. Professional Development

  • Five GreenSchools! Investigations

    3.Environmental Service-Learning Action Projects

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

“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

  • Registration: www.greenschools.org

  • Professional development

  • Establish GreenSchools! Team

  • Investigate

  • Action projects

  • Results & success

Certification Requirements

Environmental Quality

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

Energy Investigation

-Using technological tools

-School-Wide Energy Survey

tree benefits calculator


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


“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

  • 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!


PLT CT Coordinator: Lori Paradis Brant

Connecticut Forest & Park Association

[email protected]


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