GreenSchools Program

Students participate in investigations and find ways to improve their energy and water usage, the school site, environmental quality, and manage their waste and recycling.



The GreenSchools Program is an environmental service-learning program that inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community. Today’s youth spend most of their waking hours in a school setting. The learning environment can have big impacts on a student’s achievement and future behaviors. The GreenSchools program helps improve students’ academic performance in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); develops students’ critical thinking skills; and grows student leaders.


NPPD supports GreenSchools in Nebraska by providing educational resources at NPPD Learn, teacher professional development, and related classroom programs.

GreenSchools consists of five, student-led investigations. Investigations are designed to be carried out in the school setting but also include elements where students can apply what they are learning, as well as new behaviors, in their home environment.  At the completion of each investigation, students develop and implement an action plan.


  • Energy
    • Investigate how much energy your school uses, the main sources of that energy, and propose ways to implement energy-saving strategies.
  • Water
    •  Investigate the source, cost, and quality of your school’s water supply, and implement ways to enhance current water conservation practices.
  • School Site
    • Investigate natural habitats, wildlife, trees, grounds maintenance practices, and ways to make improvements to your school site.
  • Environmental Quality
    • Investigate the facility and make improvements in indoor air quality, transportation, chemical use, and more.
  • Waste and Recycling
    • Investigate how much waste your school generates and where it goes, as well as identify existing recycling and composting efforts and identify ways to improve.

NPPD uses investigations from the Project Learning Tree (PLT) GreenSchools Program. Visit our Greenschools Sponsors page to see other organizations that are involved with this program.