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Sustainability Leadership Summit Link Board

Principal Cadre Link Board

This area is reserved for current topics that are relevant to you and your students in your efforts toward improved sustainability in your school.  Have a green fundraising idea or need help on an initiative not listed below?  Email Tresine Logsdon with suggestions.

2023 Sustainability Coordinator Training Resources

23-24 Sustainability Coordinator Shared Resource Drive

2023 Link Board

2023 Training Slides

2023 Community Partner Speed Dating

23-24 SEE KY Manual


2023 Sustainability Leadership Summit

2023 Green Clean, Green Spoon & Green Campus Sustainability Superstars


GreenSTEM Data Collection Sheets

GreenSTEM (Google Slides)

Plug Load Survey

Indoor Air Quality Assessment

Light Level Survey

Energy Audit

 Building Envelope Assessment

MLK, Jr Day 2024

Activity + Link Board

2023 Teacher Academy, Live Green Lexington

53rd Anniversary of Earth Week: 2023

Earth Week 2023 Link Board

Earth Week Bingo

Seedleaf School Garden Packages

Portrait Recycling Flyer

Landscape Recycling Flyer

K12 Waste Thematic Units

Tree Week

Tree Week 2023 Slideshow

Tree Week 2023 Flyer

Tree Week 2022 Slideshow

Tree Week 2022 Flyer

Tree Campus USA K-12 (Arbor Day Foundation)- Application Template (2023)

Tree Week 2021 Slideshow

Recycling 22-23

Office & Classroom Recycling Bins

22-23 Recycling Needs Assessment

22-23 Recycling Pickup Schedule

Break Shutdown Checklists

Spring Break 2024 Shutdown Checklist

Winter 23-24 Shutdown Checklist

Thanksgiving 2023 Shutdown Checklist

Fall Break 2023 Shutdown Checklist

Summer 2023 Shutdown Checklist

Design 101 & Renovation 101 Teams

New Middle School Living Lab Team 2023

In response to teacher demand, STEM & Our Environment NGSS-aligned extension and enrichment activities + resources are NOW AVAILABLE!  These activities are designed to allow 4th-12th grade teachers and students to leverage data collected during STEM & Our Environment lesson and apply data and new skills towards a school-based Sustainability Improvement Project.  Check out the activities.  Special thanks to Sustainability Coordinators Josh Radner (Yates Elementary) and Julie Moore (SCAPA at Bluegrass).


Sustainability Scorecard (XLSX, Editable)

Sustainability Scorecard (PDF)

STEM & Our Environment (XLSX)

Data sheets for investigations:

     Audit Patrol Form

     Building Envelope - Exterior Door

     Building Envelope - Interior Wall

     Building Envelope - Exterior Wall with Window

     Indoor Air Quality Data Collection

     School Light Level Survey

     Plug Load Data Collection

Environmental Impact Calculator

Farm to School

2022 Farm Bureau Grant

2019-2020 Interest Inquiry

2020 Farm Bureau School Garden Grant

Farm to School Brochure

Farm to School Lunch Challenge

Fayette County Farm to School Video

Farm to School Lesson Powerpoints:

     Human Nutrition

     Environmental Benefits

     Economic Benefits

Outdoor Classroom Coalition

FCPS Grounds Plant Brochure

The Outdoor Classroom Coalition, launched in June 2018, is an alliance of community partners, local businesses and educators who have a passion for growing and nurturing Outdoor Classrooms in our city.

Outdoor Classroom Action Items

1.  Develop a protocol to hep connect school Outdoor Classroom projects to community partners + resources to help schools with primary needs: supplies, design, summer maintenance, curriculum integration, culinary connections

2.  Develop curricular + wellness justification for outdoor learning programming to begin a dialogue with FCPS Facilities on design guidelines

3.  Define critical needs and apply Coalition support to each 18-19 Pilot School (William Wells Brown, Frederick Douglas, Deep Springs)

4.  Leverage Google Classroom as online space for schools to share best practices, lessons-learned & asynchronous dialogue: Outdoor Classroom Manual

5.  Leverage KAEE Outdoor Classroom Symposium to connect community partners with schools (strands: gardens, native/pollinator, trees)

6.  Discuss high school internships (Locust Trace Agriscience Center, The Learning Center) and college interns (UK College of Ag, Food & the Environment and UK Office of Student Engagement)

Tree Week 2019

To chat and share best practices, ideas and challenges, visit the Outdoor Classroom Coalition Google + Community page.

 2021 PD Make Outdoor Learning Work For You, Sagan Goodpaster UK STEM Education PhD candidate

Outdoor Classroom Project Proposal

Creating Outdoor Learning Environments (UK Extension)

Outdoor Classroom Brochure (checklist)

Outdoor Classroom Needs Assessment

Seedleaf School Garden Price List

Approved Campus Plant List

UK Urban Forest Initiative K12 Toolkit

Garden Raised Beds Instructions

Outdoor Classroom Benefits

 Outdoor Classroom Research- Social-emotional learning

Academic Outcomes-- Benefits of Outdoor Classrooms

Physical Activity-- Benefits of Outdoor Classrooms

Mental Health-- Benefits of Outdoor Classrooms

Benefits of Outdoor Learning- Research

2020 Adopt A Storm Drain

2021 Tree Week ELA Writing

2021 Trees Lex

KY Division for Air Quality


Town Branch

LFUCG Parks & Rec

Live Green Lexington


Students learn in the school garden at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary


Curriculum Connections

Big Green School Garden Curricula

Children & Nature Network

School Garden Weekly

Collective School Garden Network

Grow to Learn

UK Master Gardener Partnership

Funding Sources

2021 Farm Bureau School Garden Grant

In addition to Go Green + Earn Green funds, teachers/students/parents may find applicable grant opportunities here.

Sustainability Fair

Community Partners


Interested in hosting a Sustainability Fair at your school? 

Community partners

Paper Recycling Flyer 2020

State & Nationally Recognized Green School Programs

Below is a list of state & nationally recognized Green School programs that schools can choose to participate in for reward and recognition.  For help on how to participate in these non-binding, easy and fun program, contact Tresine Logsdon.

KY Green & Healthy Schools

KY National Energy Education Development Youth Awards for Energy Achievement

National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA

Green Schools Alliance

Project Learning Tree's Green Schools No Idling

No Idling

Julius Marks Elementary and Rosa Parks Elementary step out as the leader in No Idling.  In partnership with KY Division for Air Quality and Earth Day Network, JME and RPE students collected idling data before the campaign, promoted the campaign through flyers, e-mails and newsletters, collected data early and late in the campaign and rewarded parents for their participation.  For a full packet of resources from FCPS to get your school involved in No Idling, contact Tresine Logsdon

Data Collection Sheet

No Idling Brochure -  No Idling Brochure (Page 2)

No Idling Flyer

KY NEED Classroom Presentations

KY Need

1-2 hr classroom presentations can be scheduled in conjunction with your energy unit of study as introductory, support or culminating activities.  Contact Tyler Cvitkovic to schedule a visit.


Energy Data Slides