- Friends Environmental Education Network (FEEN)
- FIRST - Friends Initiative to Reach Sustainability Together
- Friends School Sustainability Work 2015
- Toxins in School Environments
- Westtown School Green Flag Program & Resources
- Stewardship & Sustainability Archive
Friends schools have a special obligation to include environmental education in their programs in order to promote a sustainable future for all life. Our students should learn how they can best understand, preserve, and restore the natural processes, resources, and beauty so vital to the earth and to humankind's physical and spiritual health.
FEEN Group for sharing ideas and resources for environmental education in Friends schools.
friendscouncil.NET is an educational networking platform which includes discussion boards, videos, groups, personal comment walls, and friend connections. We've created an open group for each of our peer networks. It is our hope that these online dimensions will strengthen the network of support and collaboration across Friends education. Membership is required.
Go to www.friendscouncil.net to join the Friends Environmental Education Network (FEEN) group.
Statement of Purpose
Drafted by the Friends Environmental Education Network
2013 FEEN Minute
Clean Energy What You Need to Know Webinar Series
Designed for school administrators, facility directors, business managers and faculty, this webinar series focuses on the spectrum of energy options and challenges facing Friends Schools. They serve as both an introduction for those new to the issues related to transitioning away from fossil fuels as well as providing concrete recommendations for action. The following webinars were produced thanks to the generous support of the Tyson Memorial Fund. Webinars last approximately 1 hour.
- Optimizing Energy Assessment: Energy Benchmarking and Reducing Energy Consumption
Paul Spiegel, Practical Energy Solutions
- Create you own energy: Transforming Energy Expenses into Sustainability Engines
(focus on solar, case study - Oakwood Friends with Ron Kamen, Earthkind Energy)
- Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems Paul Spiegel, Practical Energy Solutions
- Creating Energy Policies and Management Plan Paul Spiegel, Practical Energy Solutions
- Electric Vehicles – is it time to transition? Focus on Sandy Spring School with Laura Miyoshi and Oakwood Friends with Ron Kamen, Earthkind Energy
Friends Caring for Each Other in Times of Extreme Weather: Disaster Preparation and Resilience Conference Presentations for Quaker Meetings and Schools
This conference was held at Friends Center on May 18, 2019. The program covered the following areas:
Resilience - Developing a School or Meeting Preparedness Plan – a step-by-step process for you to create your own pre-disaster plan to protect your building(s), resources and people.
Responding to disaster – how to approach the long-term recovery process for our Meetings, Friends schools, communities and individuals to achieve a new normal.
Emotional and Spiritual Care – exploring what it looks like to provide for spiritual needs in times of disaster
School Related Resources
- Severe Weather Preparedness Guide for Schools
- Sever Weather Planning for Schools
- World Bank Disaster and Emergency Preparedness: Guidance for Schools
- Climate Change and Schools: Environmental Hazards and Resiliency
- Flooding Threatens Public Schools Across the Country
- Webinar: PEW Trust
- Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety (2017)
- Guide on Developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (DoE, 2013)
- Goals of Comprehensive School Safety Framework
- ENERGY STAR for K-12 program
- Helping Children After A Natural Disaster
- Save the Children Disaster Report Card
- Save the Children: Still at Risk
- Eco-Schools USA Schoolyard Habitats® Pathway.
- The Collaborative for High Performance Schools
- The WELL Building Standard
- Helping Children After a Natural Disaster: Resources from NASP
Congregational Related Resources
- Congregational Disaster Preparedness Guidebook
This is the source of the worksheets we used in the section on creating a plan.
- UCC Planning Worksheet
- TearFund Church and Local Disaster
- Catholic Climate Covenant
Extreme Heat Related Resources
Air pollution resources
- U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
- Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plan
- Building Resilience in the Northeast
- NRDC Climate Resilient Cities
- Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience
- World Resources Institute
- Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessments Report 2015
- EPA What Climate Change Means for Pennsylvania
- DVRPC Connections 2040
- Chester County Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Landscapes 2
- Climate Central
- World Bank Climate Change
- Union of Concerned Scientists
Faith and Climate
- Health Impacts - Dr. Richard Tolin
- Resilience for Friends Schools & Meetings - Paul Spiegel, Westtown Monthly Meeting
- What you need to know about emergency management - Janet Zeis, Chester County Emergency Services
- Spiritual Needs and Worship during disaster - Nora Wright, MSW, Westtown Monthly Meeting
Spreading the word: A Media Toolkit to share your sustainability and clean energy stories!
As part of a program to support Friends schools transition to clean and renewable energy, we learned that sharing success stories is a key element to building the consensus needed for wider community action. We put together a Social Media Toolkit to help schools tell their story and amplify their example within the school community and beyond. Supported by the Tyson Memorial Fund.
Friends School Sustainability Survey
October 2015, download
Friends School Sustainability Survey
Sustainability Starts with Us Now
October 7, 2015, download
For CFO's, Business and Facility Managers and other school stakeholders
Delaware Valley Friends School
Highlights of Presentations with contact and resources
View the file: Sustainability Begins With UsFinal-2
Toxic Schools: Are your cleaning and pest management practices safe for students and the environment?
Westtown convened a workshop on February 2, 2006 on the topic of toxins in the school environment. Schools use products in their cleaning and pest management practices which often contain toxic chemicals. Indoor air quality is a major concern. Increases in asthma, other respiratory illnesses, allergies and longer term risks for cancer and immunodeficiency diseases are common. How can schools provide a clean, healthy, pest-free environment and not put students at risk?
Find related links and Downloadable Resources from February 2006 workshop below.
Environmental Exposures to Toxins: Reasons for Concern
Green Flag Web Resource List on Integrated Pest Management
Article: Growing up on pesticides
Beyond Pesticides website & info
Be part of the Green Flag Program for Schools
Westtown School, as a participant in the Friends Environmental Educators Network, hosted a regional orientation to the Green Flag Program in June 2005. Green Flag orientation packets were made available at the 2005 October Heads of school gathering. This message board will contain information and downloadable documents about the areas addressed by the Green Flag Program and other topics related to greening Friends schools, for the benefit of participating schools near and far.
21st Century 3Rs
About the Green Flag Program
Green Flag Survey
Office Supply Guide
Quaker Schools & the Environment, Reflections and Queries
Why Recycling is Good