Eco-Action

GreenFlagAwardDiscovery’s Eco-Action Team is a group of students, parents, teachers, and administrators committed to stewardship of the environment. The Eco-Action Team is modeled upon the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Program.

You can view our Eco-Schools USA dashboard here.

In May 2017, Discovery Elementary earned the Green Flag Award from the Eco-Schools USA program.

In May 2019, Discovery Elementary earned its second Green Flag Award from the Eco-Schools USA program.

In May 2021, Discovery will submit its application to re-certify its Green Flag. After a school certifies four times as a Green Flag school, it becomes a permanent Eco-School. We aspire to do exactly that!

Eco-Action

You can view our Discovery Energy Dashboard, which shows real-time statistics, here.

Our major work on our Eco-Actions Pathways for 2017-2019 included:

  • Energy: Becoming a certified Net-Zero Energy school.
  • Climate Change: Reducing our amount of waste produced in the coming year, measurable by gathering ongoing data this year.
  • Consumption and Waste: Reducing our amount of waste produced in the coming year, measurable by gathering baseline data this year.

Our major work on our Eco-Actions Pathways for 2019-2021 will include:

  • Energy: Maintaining energy-positive status and implementing our second-generation Energy Dashboard.
  • Climate Change: Redesigning our recycling and waste management programs to further reduce measurable waste production compared to prior years.
  • Sustainable Foods: Increase student comprehension of food miles and the impact of processed foods, reduce plastic bottle waste per classroom, and implement a composting program that addresses ongoing concerns.

The team has scoped out a variety of programs, including:

  • incentive programs to reduce lunch waste
  • collection of uneaten lunch food for donation to AFAC, and possible food scrap compost pick-up
  • programs to promote walking, busing, biking and carpooling
  • offering items like lunch boxes, water bottles and coffee mugs for sale through the PTA
  • production of short videos by students on environmental topics
  • outdoor education through gardening and park cleanups
  • certification of the school as a Green Flag Eco-School
  • making it all fun by holding class and school-wide celebrations to recognize green practices

Campus Pollinator Pledge

Discovery Elementary School is a proud signatory of the Campus Pollinator Pledge.

The National Wildlife Federation's Campus Pollinator Pledge badge, featuring a raccoon wearing a park ranger hat surrounded by a field of flowers and butterflies.

Eligibility & Commitment

All Discovery students are invited to join the Eco-Action Team and serve as Green Leaders. Discovery’s Eco-Action Team will consist of all students who commit to completing 4 hours of service, as well as attending monthly Eco-Action meetings.

Contact

Please contact Ms. Annamreddy if you have questions.