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Project Ideas

Water

  • Start a septic tank maintenance program to minimize human health risks from untreated sewage and educate Storm Drain Markingpeople about the environmental pollution caused by failing septic tanks.
  • Implement a storm drain marking program to raise awareness about nonpoint source pollution.
  • Establish a campaign to pick up pet waste to reduce impacts to water resources and human health.
  • Install a rain garden or rain barrel at your school and include an outreach campaign encouraging rain garden and rain barrel installation at home.

Air

  • Build an information kiosk for air quality lessons for students, and information for parents to learn about different air quality topicsSafe Routes to School
  • Start a Walking School Bus at your school to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution around schools and increase awareness of pedestrian safety in the community!
  • Plant (native) trees and shrubs around your school to help reduce the effects of air pollution. Include an outreach component to educate students about the project. Consider options such as xeriscaping.
  • Start a carpool or vanpool program at school to reduce traffic and improve air quality.
  • Host a poster/calendar contest to educate students, parents, and faculty about air quality issues.
  • Develop an outreach campaign that educates students, parents, and faculty on where our air pollution comes from and the possible health effects.
  • Establish a school flag program to help on-campus audiences become aware of the ozone forecast for the next day during ground-level ozone season.

Land

  • Start a school recycling program. Purchase recycling bins for classrooms, break rooms, and media centers. Install outdoor recycling collection containers to consolidate all the material collected from the classroom, etc.
  • Buy composting bins (outdoor bins or student-built classroom worm bins for inside) and all necessary supplies to implement a composting program by collecting food scraps from the cafeteria. It is important to follow guidelines as outlined in "Composting: A Guide for South Carolina Schools."
  • Start a beautification/anti-littering project that includes outreach/education (students develop marketing campaign, produce TV spots for their school's morning television) or participate in actual pick-up projects (gloves, safety vests, bags would be needed). Green Team
  • Pay for materials or supplies to implement projects that help your school establish or sustain itself as a SC Green Steps School.
  • South Carolina students can learn about the environment by exploring areas of interest beyond what is offered in the curriculum through participation in an environmental club. The "Environmental Clubs: A Guide for South Carolina Schools" provides tips and resources to get started.

For additional information, please contact Amanda Ley at leyah@dhec.sc.gov or call (803) 898-4183.