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Thank you for being a part of the effort to expand environmental awareness and activism in Richardson ISD! Below are some resources to help you serve your school community.
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child
One component of the revised Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is Physical Environment. Per the Centers for Disease Control, a “healthy and safe physical school environment promotes learning by ensuring the health and safety of students and staff. The physical school environment encompasses the school building and its contents, the land on which the school is located, and the area surrounding it. A healthy school environment will address a school’s physical condition during normal operation as well as during renovation (e.g., ventilation, moisture, temperature, noise, and natural and artificial lighting), and protect occupants from physical threats (e.g., crime, violence, traffic, and injuries) and biological and chemical agents in the air, water, or soil as well as those purposefully brought into the school (e.g., pollution, mold, hazardous materials, pesticides, and cleaning agents).”
National PTA Resources
Since its founding, National PTA has worked to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth. Over the years, National PTA has recognized the growing importance of environmental issues and the impact they have on the health and welfare of children and their families. PTA members have a responsibility to promote environmental health and safety, and to help protect our world’s finite natural resources.
National PTA recognizes the scientific consensus surrounding climate change and the impact of human activities. Children represent a particularly vulnerable group already suffering disproportionately from both direct and indirect adverse health effects of anthropogenic global warming.
Texas PTA Resources
A Texas PTA partner organization that provides free volunteer support, training and guidance for environmental education and programs. Download the Planning Guide to get started.
Register to receive sustainability news and announcements
Additional PTA Resources
A K-8 program that provides action “coupons” to help kids participate in reducing carbon footprint and tracking their success
Huge Earth Day event at Fair Park, coming in April 2017
Complete repository of environmental info from the City of Dallas, plus regular blog updates
A national award program recognizing environmental excellence in schools
Resources, programs and awards focused on litter prevention, community beautification and waste reduction. Keep an eye out for the Don’t Mess with Texas school art contest in January!
Environmental education curriculum, resources and links
Tips for avoiding wasteful habits and making small changes to conserve water
App for making campus recycling signs
Texas-focused conservation and pollution prevention tips, plus games and resources for kids
Join students, families, school leaders, community partners and mayors around the country on October 4 to celebrate the benefits of walking to school during International Walk to School Day.
Pointers for packing waste-free lunches for kids
For more information, or if you have suggestions for resources to share on this page, please contact the RISD Council Environmental Services Chair.
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