Ocean Guardian School Funded Projects
Below is a list of just a few examples of both school and community-based ocean stewardship projects within the Ocean Guardian School project pathways.
5 Rs- Refuse/Reduce/Reuse/Recycle/Rot
- Clearly marking school and local storm water drains with suitable signs such as "This drain leads to the ocean"
- Covering and storing trash in areas where it cannot contaminate or pollute storm water;
- Implementation of school-wide recycling/composting programs
- School-wide green purchasing program that takes into account the environmental impact of purchases (packaging, recycled materials, sustainable production)
- Implementation of zero waste lunch programs that promotes the use of reusable/bulk/compostable items
- Community outreach campaign that educates about a related issue and advocates for change (i.e., “The Last Plastic Straw”)
- Creating or improving school gardens/schoolyard habitats with an emphasis on native plants, low water use, rain catchment systems, etc. while clearly connecting these activities to the health and preservation of the local watershed and/or the ocean,
- Community education efforts using school-based ocean friendly garden as demonstration resource
- Restoration of local watershed/wetland area (i.e., removal of invasives and planting natives)
- Improving fish habitat within a local watershed
- Shoreline/bank stabilization
- Re-vegetation of streams and creeks that flow through local areas
- Reducing single-use plastics on school campus (school cafeteria), at school/sport events, etc. (i.e., installing a hydration station(s) on campus, promoting use of reusable water bottles, working with cafeteria to reduce sale of single-use plastic items)
- Outreach/advocacy project focusing on promoting reusable bags in local community/ stores
Energy Use & Ocean Health
- Conducting school energy audits/carbon footprint calculations that lead to energy saving projects such as "power down" campaign, installing energy saving light bulbs, smart power switches, etc.
- "No idling" campaign, bike to school day campaign
- Installing clean energy alternatives such as wind/solar projects
- School-based water saving campaign
- Tree planting projects
Click here for related lesson plans and educational materials aligned to the national education standards and ocean literacy fundamental concepts.