What is Green Steps?

Green Steps Schools is an environmental education and action initiative that recognizes schools in South Carolina who take annual sustainable steps toward becoming more environmentally responsible.

Click here to learn how your school can become a Green Steps School!

Calendar of Events/Deadlines

Announcing School Year 2014-2015 as the YEAR OF THE Spider in the Midlands! Calling all artists (ages 3-93) to make spider sculptures from reclaimed materials. Selected sculptures will be placed around the region to advertise a Climate Change Workshop for educators and high school students at Saluda Shoals Park this spring…and other related events. Questions? contact jane.hiller@sonoco.com.

If your Richland County School needs classroom recycling bins...

ask families in your neighborhood to drop-off red recyling bins at your school now that they have their new lime green recycling roll off carts.

or call Shirley Mims 803-576-2446 to ask about picking up additional bins during business hours (M-F 8:30-4:30) at one of these locations
1070 Caughman Rd North (see attendant)
400 Powell Road (beside used oil site)
10531 Garners Ferry Rd (see attendant)

School Video/POWER POINT CONTEST DUE APRIL 1ST! Submit a video/power point to jane.hiller@sonoco.com showing how students recycle at your school. To win, your entry should be accurate, fun and useful for training other schools how to recycle. Winners will be shared in the May “Bin Thinking” newsletter.

Palmetto Pride annual "Litter Trashes Everyone" Elmentary Art Contest. This is for K-5th graders. Each school is asked to judge their students' artwork and submit (1) winning entry. The artwork must be posted by February 20, 2015 to be considered for judging. Please visit the website for more information and application.

Free Calendars! In honor of  the International Year of Soils, schools can order free 2015 calendars/soil planners which highlight the importance of soil and the role it plays in our every day lives. Learn about soils around the world and celebrate Healthy Soils for Healthy Lives! Order one for every family at your school if you like! https://nrcspad.sc.egov.usda.gov/distributioncenter/product.aspx?ProductID=1099

February 2015

Palmetto Pro Birder Module. February 21st and 22nd at ACE Basin, Waterboro with instructor Drew Lanham. This winter module will take us to the "ends of the earth" well almost at least as far as South Carolina is concerned! For more information click here.

Become an Leopold Education Project Instructor. Educator Workshop Saturday, February 21st. Deadline for registration is February 6th. Please see flyer for more information and registration form.

Producer Event: "Discover the Cover" Soil Health Workshop. Thursday, February 28th from 4:00 to 8:00 (dinner will be served). This event will be at Tri-County Electric Co-Operative. For more details click here. RSVP to Chris Bair at 803-530-4315 or email

Help Cinderella Get to the Ball. For more information about this event please click here.

March 2015

5th Annual Green Schools National Conference. March 4-7. Our program will inspire and motivate you--and by bringing a colleague, you'll create an instant team that can help green our schools, and benefit our students, communities and our planet! Click here to find out more and register. Also click here to book hotels.

Belk Service Learning Challenge. Give back to your Comminuty for a chance to win $10,000 and $2,000 for your teacher. This challenge asks student teams to identify an issue in their community, design an action plan to implement a solution and showcase their service learning idea through a 1-2 minute video. This is open to 6-8 graders. Please click here for more details. Entries due by Friday, March 13th at 5:00pm

Project Wet/Project Learning Tree Joint Workshop. March 31st 8:30am to 5:00pm. Harbison State Forest Environmental Education Center. The cost is $45 workshop fee includes: materials, lunch and snacks. All participants receive PLT's Pre K-8 And Project Wet's K-12 activity guides. Contact Stephanie Kolok or click here.

April 2015

K-12 Conservation Poster Contest. Contest subject is "Local Heroes--Your Hardworking Pollinators." Only Richland County K-12 students are eligible for this contest. All entries are due by April 3, 2015. For more details and entry form click here.

K-12 Conservation Educator Awards. Nominations for Richland County Conservation Teacher and Principle of the Year! All nominations are due by April 3, 2015. For more details and entry form click here.

Project Learning Tree. New Facilitator Training Thursday and Friday, April 2-3, 2015. This will be held at Camp Fellowship in Waterloo, SC. Register by March 13, 2015. For more information click here.

Monarch and Milkweed. April 10, 2015 at 6:00pm at James Island County Park, in Charleston. For more information on this event/dinner click here.

June 2015

The Air & Waste Management Association. Teachers, pre-service teachers, environmental educators and education specialists are invited to attend. This event is Monday, June 22nd and Tuesday, June 23rd at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. There is no cost to attend this event. For more information and to register click here.



Grant opportunities for the Fall

Check out 'MY GREEN APPS' - your destination for over 100 apps to help you understand and protect the environment. Click here to visit the US EPA My Green Apps site!