Green schools

Almost one million Minnesota children and thousands of adults spend a significant portion of their days in K-12 school buildings. Find information about creating an environmentally healthy school and educational resources about environmental issues.


From kindergarten through high school, a typical child spends up to 15,000 hours in the classroom. By incorporating sustainable practices, school administrators and facilities staff can help reduce operating costs and environmental impacts, while promoting a healthy environment for students and staff.


The goal for environmental education is to develop environmental literacy. Find resources for both formal and nonformal educators.

  • The EE Portal @MAEE is Minnesota's interactive directory of environmental education resources.
  • Psychology of Sustainable Behavior. Research-based tips from psychology that will help empower people in making choices and change behaviors, making environmental improvements a reality.

PDF icon Environmental Literacy Scope and Sequence (p-ee5-03)

Provides a framework for developing successful environmental education in working towards environmentally literate individuals and societies.

PDF icon Natural Wonders: A guide to early childhood for environmental educators (p-ee5-04)

A tool to aid environmental educators in designing developmentally appropriate programs and activities for early childhood.

Multi-cultural educational resources
Environmental education is for people of all cultures, including those for whom English is not the native language. These workbooks are intended for students in English as a second language (ESL) and limited English proficiency (LEP) classes.

Minnesota report cards on environmental literacy

Statewide survey (2001) of adult environmental knowledge, attitudes and behavior in Minnesota, with followup surveys in 2003 and 2007.


Learn how you can help prevent pollution and conserve resources.