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Charting Our Progress
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Although limited in scope, a recent boom in green-roof construction demonstrates the pressing need for more. While Chicago and Washington, D.C., lead the way in planting green roofs, broad swaths of the country remain gray. Why the hesitation? In cities withou...
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City Hall Rooftop Garden-Chicago
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet
Summary: The City of Chicago has done a lot for urban gardening, especially green roofs. This site is a portal to information on the City Hall Rooftop Garden and includes information about the gardening, monitoring the garden's benefits, the construction and design and...
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Drinking Water and Ground Water Kids' Stuff
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: EPA's Office of Water has added to its website new pages designed just for children, featuring a new mascot-like character called "Thirstin." The new pages contain games, activities and narrated/animated classroom experiments. Some of the activities include an...
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Games for Change (G4C)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: Games for Change (G4C) provides support, visibility and shared resources to organizations and individuals using digital games for social change. Includes several online games related to ecosystems and the environment.
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Georgina Blach Intermediate School
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Case Study
Summary: Gelfand RNP Architects and the Los Altos School District designed an intermediate school that exceeds Title 24 requirements by at least 15%. It features School exceeds Title 24 requirements by at least 15%; resource efficient materials; adaptive reuse of exist...
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GLIN Glossary Information Network
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Glossary
Summary: This glossary is appropriate for elementary through high school students, and is continually expanded. The terms address Great Lakes topics (environment, history, geography, pollution, and careers. They include scientific terms and acronyms.
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Global Networking for Green Roofs
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Research - Web site - Workshops
Summary: Green Roofs have become a very important component of sustainable urban development within the last 30 years. Growing environmental awareness and the striking economical and ecological advantages are the driving forces for this great success. At present, Green...
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Green Roof Plants
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: Emory Knoll Farms is dedicated to sustainable design and has instituted several sustainable design features into its operation. For example, solar power pumps all the water used in the greenhouse and photovoltaic cells supply most of our electrical needs. Thei...
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Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Author Edmund C. Snodgrass and Lucie L. Snodgrass

ISBN 10:0-88192-787-2

Non-fiction, handbook This provides a practical, indispensable reference guide for anyone involved in developing a Green Roof garden. Anyone includes archite...

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Green Roof Research Program at Michigan State University
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Research - Web site
Summary: What is a green roof, what are the benefits, what is the research currently underway at Michigan State University along with photograps and other resources. There is even an example of a green roof on a doghouse and garden shed.
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Green Roofs
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: Another alternative to traditional roofing materials is a rooftop garden, or "green roof." On hot summer days, the surface temperature of a vegetated rooftop can be cooler than the air temperature, whereas the surface of a traditional rooftop can be up to 90°F...
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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green roof infrastructure across North America and rapidly advance the development of the market for green roof products and services. A...
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Greening Our Schools Earth Day Activities
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Holiday
Summary: Elementary Teachers can begin development of a year's worth of lessons that support the mission of Earth Day. Earth Day IS every day. This list of 20 will expand to include lessons appropriate for each topic and for elementary education.
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Greening School Lesson Plan Format (PDF)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Lesson plans are beginning to appear in the Greening School's Resource list for teachers. Formal lessons will use this format. If you have lessons to submit that meet the greening principles, if they address chemistry, biology, geology, other sciences or art...
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Kids Regen Glossary (Gardening)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Glossary
Summary: Non-technical glossary for gardening, healthy soil and food, rain gardening and other related topics.
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Newport Coast Elementary School, Newport Beach, Showcase Project for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Case Study
Summary: The newest school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District has adopted design concepts for energy efficiency and sustainability while serving as an educational vehicle for incorporation of energy-conservation features into designs. The design team, working...
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On the Prairie
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Database - Glossary - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: The Bell Museum provides an opportunity to learn more about the native habitats of the prairie, how to build/restore a prairie; a field guide to the prairie plants, birds, herps, insects, and mammals, videos of the prairie (using quick time videl), and how to...
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Rain Garden Applications and Simple Calculations Power Point
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - School Projects
Summary: This 16-slide power point presentation shows examples of rain gardens in communities and on residential property as well as some construction and calculations for planning a garden.
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Rain Garden Glossary
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Glossary
Summary: This is a non-technical glossary for rain gardens, including some biodiversity, landscaping and hydrology terminology.
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Rain Gardens Gardening with Water Quality in Mind
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: School Projects
Summary: All about Rain Gardening including recent articles, suggested plants,and design considerations.
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Rain Gardens of West Michigan
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: A project of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, the Rain Gardens of West Michigan web site provides a wealth of information on rain gardens, as well as step-by-step advice on creating your own rain garden. Benefits of rain gardens include reduced...
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Rain Gardens: A Household Way to Improve Water Quality in Your Community
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - School Projects
Summary: A basic introduction providing information on how rain gardens help protect water quality, and general step-by-step instructions on how to build a rain garden in your yard. (PDF Format; Length: 8 pages)
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Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Manual/Handbook - School Projects
Summary: A detailed manual that covers rain garden sizing and siting, constructon details and planting and maintenance. Includes 11 conceptual planting designs with plant species lists. (PDF Format; Length: 32 pages)
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Ridgeview Elementary School, Peoria, Illinois
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Case Study
Summary: Phillips Swager Associates worked with the design committee from Ridgeview Elementary School to create an "advanced facility for educating our next generation." Green principles incorporated in this process included combinations of glass and translucent panel...
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Shady Rain Garden Plants for Wisconsin
Type: List
Summary: This is an interactive listing of shade tolerant plants appropriate for rain gardens in Wisconsin.
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Sweet Sedum
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Green-roof technology now offers a host of options--from the humble patch of grass to sophisticated feats of structural engineering. This article provides a look at five different Green Roof projects.
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The Green Roof Stormwater Management Tool
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This is a free community resource for stormwater management.
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Water Wise Kids: A Growing Solution to Water Pollution
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Lessons and activities "invite kids to respect rain, ponder puddles and build healthy gardens to filter filth!" or to create rain gardens.
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Water Words Dictionary
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Glossary
Summary: This compilation of technical water, water quality, environmental and water related terms is large. For example the A's alone are a 21-page PDF.
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World Water Day
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Language Options - Web site
Summary: The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.

The United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the World...

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World Water Monitoring Day
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - School Projects
Summary: Teachers can register to participate and obtain kits for the October 18 World Water MonitoringDay 2004. Additionally, a WWMD summary for 2003 is available. From September 18 to October 18, citizens throughout the world community will have an opportunity to m...
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Help Desk Questions

My high school science is class is building a bathroom where the water from the faucet will go to the toilet and I was wondering what type of things we must do to comply with the building codes and plumbing codes
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I am looking for information pertaining to native landscaping for southern Illinois. What type of wildflowers and other landscaping materials are native to the Mount Vernon region? I want to do a complete unit for my middle school science club on native landscaping.
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