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

Free Calendars! In honor of  the International Year of Soils, schools can order free 2016 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 2016

February 5-6. The Center of Excellence for College and Career Readiness is hosting "Advance Readiness Institute: Project-Based Learning" at The Inn at USC. If interested in attending register here. PBL is a great fit for SC Green Step projects.

Saturday, February 13th. Join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count Saturday, February 13th 8:30-10:30. From 10:30-11:00 there will be a free program for children. This will take place at the Carolina Children's Garden at Clemson Research and Education Center. To register please email carolinachildrensgarden@gmail.com.

2016 Community Grant Program. Two outstanding organizations or individuals will be awarded $1000 each for their projects aimed to control invasive plant species and increase invasive species awareness in our beautiful state. For more information please see flyer. Deadline for applications is February 15, 2016 click here for application.

February 19th. Palmetto Pride Art Contest Submission is February 19th. One entry per school. This is for Elementary K-5th students. Please see form for more information.

March 2016

Junk Art Contest. Please encourage your K-12 students to get creative and make fun "junk art" animals out of school milk cartons and other trash-ables. Your school can submit your three best entries by emailing a picture and student written (or dictated) description of their animal to Jane Hiller. Deadline for entries will be November 1st. The RETHINK Contest will be Saturday, March 12th at Irmo High School.

March 17th. City Roots Teacher Tour from 4:00-5:30. City Roots Urban Farm is located at 1005 Airport Blvd. Learn more about organic fruit and vegetable production, greenhouses, vermicomposting, etc. See flyer for more details. RSVP to Jane Hiller

June 2016

SC Sustainable Forestry Teachers' Tour. Join us for an informative and fascinating look at SC Forestry. You'll be amazed at what you'll learn. June 14-16 at Harbison State Foest Environmental Education Center in Columbia and June 20-23 in Newberry, SC. Contact Guy Sabin at 803-798-4170 or email

June 21-23, 2016. ACE Basin (Charleston/Edisto County Area): Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) takes focus in climate exploration to bring local and national data into your classroom. Please see flyer for more details. Click here to apply. Please direct additional questions to marineeducation@dnr.sc.gov

July 2016

American Horticultural Society's National Children & Youth Garden Symposium. To be held in Columbia July 14-16. Proposals for this project are due December 2, 2015. Please click here for more information. Also if you are interested in this project and would like to work with someone please let Jane Hiller know and she can help find someone to help.

July 25-29. in Georgetown, SC: TOTE Salt Marsh Steam Workshop Utilizes an all-encompassing approach to capture the science of the salt marsh through art and literature. Please see flyer for more details.



WasteLab is Coming! Launching in the Fall of 2015. Developed by Greater Greenville Sanitation. WasteLab will be a repurposed, 32-foot long trailer designed to educate students (K-8), and the public, about environmental impacts of solid waste, and the importance of landfill and natural resource conservation. For more information, and/or to find out how your organization can be a part of WasteLab contact us via email or 864-371-6151.

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!