Earth Week 2023!
Every day is Earth Day at AISD! This week especially, we hope that everyone in our school community will take a moment to think about how they can make the earth and our community a better place and perform an action to do so. This year’s website offers fun ways to engage and take action from school and from home. Enjoy!
More to come! We’ll add more fun ways to plug-in as Earth Week approaches
We’ll be promoting activities all week, and feel free to use these themes or make up your own. Show what you’re doing on these days of the week on Twitter and Instagram @AustinISDGreen, and use #AISDGreen!
- Monday Activities
Move it Monday
Use people-powered transportation that is emissions free and cost-free!
- Tuesday Activities
Take it outside Tuesday
Activate those schoolyards by heading outside for some hands-on learning! Sit under a tree, hike a trail, splash in a creek, plant a seed and discover as nature comes alive!
- Wednesday Activities
Make your waste magically disappear by reusing, refusing single use items, and reinventing so that old becomes new!
- Thursday Activities
Be the best and let our energy and water rest! Turn out the lights, unplug appliances, and take a speedy shower!
- Friday Activities
Savor the flavors of plant-forward foods!
- Saturday Activities
Environmental & Social Justice Saturday
Advocate for change so everyone has a fair chance of living the healthiest life possible!
Select specific sustainability activities by category of interest or overall topics.
Play Earth Day Bingo with these eco-actions at home!
Check out the below ideas for how you can take eco-action at school, from home, in your backyard, on a walk, or in other places outside.
Complete the Sustainable Schools course on BLEND and make your school greener!
We are happy to launch AISD’s Sustainable Schools course, available to all AISD classroom educators, campus and district staff, and students! This asynchronous BLEND course is designed to help everyone take full advantage of the sustainable features on AISD campuses, from rainwater catchment to refillable water bottle stations, from edible gardens to green cleaning products. Use these features and the resources available to transform your building and grounds into a hands-on learning lab for sustainability education.
Bring sustainability into the classroom with EcoRise’s Sustainable Intelligence curriculum!
AISD partners with EcoRise to provide all AISD teachers with FREE access to the Sustainable Intelligence Program: TEKS-aligned, cross-curricular K-12 lesson plans, teacher training and support, and student-driven Eco-Audit Grants. Teachers can enroll in the program, or access the lesson plans if you are already enrolled.
Make an Earth Week resolution to become a certified Eco-School!
Your school could be the next National Wildlife Green Flag Eco-school! Join the ranks of Patton Elementary, Small Middle, and Eastside Early College High schools that have earned this prestigious award. Use the Earth Week activities found on these pages to get started or to continue on your school’s Green Flag journey. Eco-Schools provides teachers and students with the framework to make positive, lasting change in your school community. Jump start your Eco-School journey with this list of 10 simple actions! Follow National Wildlife (Instagram/Facebook/Twitter) to see even more Earth Week activities.
Explore climate, equity, & environmental education in your area with Gen: Thrive!
Check out new tools from Gen:Thrive to enhance a student project or serve as a tool for partner organizations to serve our schools and communities. View the story map, and start using their interactive map and other tools to see what the date reveals about climate justice in your area.
Make every day Earth Day with the City of Austin’s Earth Month Challenge!
Complete activities and win prizes! From choosing sustainable transportation to supporting our natural spaces, the Earth Month Challenge, available in Spanish and English, can help you take daily actions throughout April to celebrate Mother Earth. From April 1 - May 1, complete at least six of the eight challenges for a chance to win prizes including a Texas State Parks Pass and Dual Membership to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
AISD teachers and staff can join the AISD Greenies Teams Chat! Collaborate with other teachers and have your eco-questions answered by fellow teachers and AISD sustainability staff.
Campus Sustainability Champion
Sign up to become your Campus Sustainability Champion to engage your teachers, staff, and students all year!
Join the AISD Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (ESAC)
Want to help advance environmental education and sustainable operations at AISD? Teachers, parents, students, community members, district staff, and local government representatives are invited to join the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (ESAC).