Program Overview

The Elkhart County Green Schools Initiative is a program created by the Solid Waste Management District to educate and promote recycling and other eco-friendly behaviors in K-12 students throughout Elkhart County.  Whether it's building a school compost garden or simply placing recycling bins in classrooms, there are plenty of ways for schools to earn cash and rewards that will help make their school a better place for teachers and students! Download an Intent to Participate Form to get started, and sign up below!

How Does it Work?

  • 4 categories (Recycling; Waste Reduction; Food Waste/Compost; Classroom Activities)

  • challenges in each category

  • Each challenge equals either 1 or 2 credits; each credit equals $250

  • Complete more and more challenges, and your school will see credits accumulate over time, eventually being able to earn $3,000 in one semester!

Start a teacher recycling team, and from there, your school can earn cash prizes by completing a list of challenges! On top of that, after accomplishing a number of challenges, your school will also receive recycling tools, such as classroom blue bins or compost supplies

Complete Challenges

With over 30 recycling-related lesson plans that apply to Indiana state standards, among other resource items, the SWMD will empower your teachers to create recycling-focused minds in all of your students

Gain Access to Environmental Education Resources

For every additional credit your school earns in a semester, your cash reward will accumulate. You could eventually earn up to $3,000 in one semester! Use that money for classroom supplies, playground equipment, or anything that will make your  school a better place for students! 

Earn Rewards and Recycling Resources

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Please turn in your Intent to Participate form using the submission tool below. If you are having trouble with the submission tool, or if you do not hear back from us within two business days, email Allison at a.egan@en-focus.org to confirm we have received your Intent to Participate form.

Program Guidelines

​To Qualify:

  • Participants in the program are by individual school, not school district.

  • Each state accredited school in Elkhart County will have a chance to complete an Intent to Participate Form starting July 22, 2019. Schools that participated in the Spring 2019 GSI program will have a chance to complete an Intent to Participate Form starting July 15, 2019. The deadline to complete this form is Friday, August 30, 2019, or once 25 schools have completed the form, whichever is sooner.

  • A total of 25 schools will be able to participate in the 2019 Fall Semester program. Schools will enter the program on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Every school must have a Green Ambassador to fill out the Intent to Participate Form.

  • A Green Ambassador will be the contact point person for the SWMD and will be responsible for submitting semester reports to the SWMD in order to qualify for credits and cash prizes.

About the Credits:

  • One credit is equal to $250.

    • A school can earn up to four credits ($1,000) in their first semester participating in the GSI program.

    • A school can earn up to eight credits ($2,000) in their second semester participating in the GSI program. 

    • A school can earn up to twelve credits ($3,000) in their third semester participating in the GSI program. Twelve credits is the maximum amount of credits a school can receive.

  • Semester reports for Fall 2019 are due December 13, 2019. Learn more about semester reports by visiting our Challenges page.

Please Note:

  • Schools must re-submit an Intent to Participate form each semester.

  • Schools must show continuous improvement in order to be eligible to participate the following semester. By "continuous improvement," we mean that schools must accomplish an additional two credits from their previous participatory semester.

  • Schools must provide verification requirements from previously completed challenges for every semester they participate

  • It is anticipated that schools will complete more and more challenges over time; consequently, the school's prize earnings will accumulate over time. For example, if a school earns two credits ($500) in their first semester, and then maintains that effort and earns two additional credits from different challenges in the following semester, their total credits will equal four credits in their second semester ($1,000). Therefore, in two semesters, the school would have earned a total of $1,500.

  • Once a school completes twelve credits ($3,000) with at least two earned credits in each category, the school will become Gold-Leaf Certified by the Solid Waste Management District and will graduate from the program.

  • Schools have a maximum of six participatory semesters (three academic years) to achieve the Gold-Leaf certification.

LOCATION

59530 County Road 7

Elkhart, IN  46517

(574) 522-2581

HOURS

Monday - Friday: 8:00am to 4:45pm

Saturday (April through November): 9:00am to 11:45am

Compost bins NOT available for pickup on Saturday

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