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Sample Climate Change Action Plan

Learning Objectives

  • To interpret data from the climate change audit.
  • To design and conduct an action project related to carbon emissions.
  • To cooperate effectively as a group.

Curriculum Links

  • Social Studies, Science, Math, Government, Economics, Reading, Writing

Eco-Schools USA Pathways

  • Climate Change, Energy, Transportation, Consumption and Waste

Sample Climate Change Action Plan

Preparation

Creating the Action Plan

1) Carbon footprint review

Using the data from the carbon calculator, identify opportunities to reduce your school's carbon footprint and thus decrease your contribution to climate change.

2) Group brainstorming

  • In small groups, brainstorm actions to address the problem areas you have identified. Groups can be assigned specific issues to address. Alternatively, all groups can be assigned the same prominent issues to achieve a greater variety of interesting solutions.
  • As a team, discuss and agree on the most effective solutions. Because climate change is an issue that has links to many of the other Eco-Schools pathways, you may want to explore those pages for further information and ideas.
  • Compile these solutions into a final action plan. See sample climate change action plan (PDF), and access a blank action plan (Word document, 30 Kb).
  • Assign tasks to appropriate individuals within the team and across the school. Agree on realistic timeframes in which tasks should be completed.

3) Execution of tasks

  • Set aside time for students to carry out the activities they have assigned themselves and to notify other staff and students of the responsibilities assigned to them.
  • Provide training to staff and students on implementing the plan.
  • Set up the school for success. For example, if you decide that reducing the school's heating needs is a priority, post signs near temperature controls to remind students and staff to turn down the heat when a room is unoccupied.

Follow Up

  • Set a review date to revisit your action plan as a group. Analyze how far you have come and identify what else you can do.
  • Schedule a follow-up audit after a few months to measure the effectiveness of your plan.

Extension Ideas

  • Add a section on climate change to your school's website.
  • In regular assemblies, share results, achievements and development plans for the future.
  • Prepare a school notice board showing graphs of results and achievements.
  • Involve the local press and radio to let everyone know about the school's activities related to climate change.
  • Team up with another school in the area to share ideas.
  • Have students develop a database with the help of spreadsheet software to record information, draw graphs and analyze the data.

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