Commitment to environmental sustainability excites our team here at Seaside. With our consulting services, we look to assist you in your efforts to create and expand a culture of sustainability in your school community.
Our Climate Needs help!
According to scientific reports, the earth has already become warmer — principally the result of burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere which has increased to levels unprecedented in the last 800,000 years. Ice caps are melting; water supplies are threatened; heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying; and species are becoming extinct. Livelihoods are becoming vulnerable around the world by our failure to stem the tide of climate change.
Our work together is crucial, it goes beyond education and impacts us far beyond the classroom.
What service do we provide?
With sustainability education, training, and expertise, our staff provides you with a myriad of answers to all of your environmental education goals.
Conduct a comprehensive audit and assessment of your facility and already implemented behaviors; establish cohesion of goals among school community.
Interview stakeholders to determine individual and group goals and resources and what you specifically want from our services.
Provide initiatives and strategies to foster authentic collaborations around these common goals.
Provide industry leading, cutting edge, and fully evaluated resources for staff and students that integrate Pre K—12 curriculum standards.
Structure a foundation of middle and high school students that desire—and have the ability—to “DO” something more for their school and community, fostering a sense of stewardship among our future leaders and decision makers.
Provide resources and training on how to get students recognition for green accomplishments.
Develop a detailed final evaluation report utilizing a SWOT Analysis that analyzes facility costs, return on investments (ROI‟s), and behaviors. Utilize reports to develop strategies that address key players, infrastructure possibilities & limitations, and community partnership.
Our Expertise can help your team by:
Building buy-in throughout the district and community
Writing sustainability plan detailing environmental initiatives and commitments (i.e. “green-pledge‟ to reduce environmental impact)
Presenting strategies for how to use the building as a teaching tool, how to provide community service opportunities, and how to create student leaders in the community
Fostering local community, regional, and national partnerships
Developing PR, marketing, guerilla marketing, branding, social media and publicity strategies
Providing professional assistance in determining eligibility, acquisition, and writing of the US Dept. of Ed. Green Ribbon School Award
Providing an interdisciplinary program for grades PreK-12 integrating age and grade appropriate skills aligned with curriculum: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math)
Providing strategies for sustainable food services
Working with facilities to institute sustainable programs and management
Our Training Metrics:
Trained 300+ educators and administrators on the value and implementation strategies of our model
Reached more than 1500 students (in person not via social media) with whom we shared innumerable day-to-day strategies to green their schools and communities
Provided consultation services to hundreds of clients around the nation
Presented more than 50 times both nationally and internationally
Honored (students) with more than 75 state, regional, and national awards for exemplary sustainability programs, educators, and students
Recognized two times at the White House in Washington D.C.
Self Evaluation Framework
Our Comprehensive School Self-Evaluation Framework provides guiding principles for integrating sustainability into all aspects of the school organization. This is accomplished through a detailed questionnaire designed to perform a complete analysis of the school‘s systems and environment. The evaluation is built on the Three Pillars of Sustainability, Economy, Society, and the Environment, and is rooted in the US Department of Education’s flagship recognition methodology, the Green Ribbon Schools Award. The Self-Evaluation Framework evaluates dozens of different aspects with the goals to reduce environmental impact and costs, and to improve health and wellness.
The Self Evaluation focuses on several overarching areas of sustainability, with more nuanced and specific topics addressed within each parent section such as:
- Energy Consumption
- Food Services and Nutrition
- Water Conservation and Management
- Building and Grounds
- Waste Reduction and Diversion
- Buses and Transportation
- Curriculum and Student Learning
- Administrative Culture and Vision
“Eric has a rare combination of sincere passion and energy for all things related to environmental sustainability. It's refreshing to work with someone like Eric, who truly believes in what he's doing, and has literally dedicated his life's work to noble work - environmental stewardship. He's an educator, a leader, and a reliable hard-worker. He's an expert in his field, and wholeheartedly recommend him without reservation to anyone looking to collaborate with someone like Eric.”
-Michael Bace, Managing Partner at Bace Law Group, LLC
“Adults can teach, but when students do, there is no more powerful lesson to encourage other students to strive for change as well.”
-Jay Etsy & Ed Kloman, Pingree School
“For some town governments, waste reduction and sustainability are not on their radar screens, but it could be at the schools. In recent years, it has not been uncommon to see school initiatives pave the way for future town-wide program implementation, particularly with composting and waste reduction in school cafeterias.”
-Sharon Kishida, MA Department Environmental Protection (DEP)
“What stands out most to me is the cadre of articulate students, their eagerness to share their passion and advice, and their desire to see other schools succeed. The school is filled with the fruits of their labors, from signage everywhere reminding students how to recycle and explaining low-flow toilets, to plants throughout the hallways, to a full composting system in the cafeteria. The projects the students choose go well beyond the walls of their school. They’re educating the middle and elementary school students, writing for the newspaper, supporting community organizations on local initiatives, and helping businesses go green.”
-Rouwenna M. Lamm, Northeast Lead Educator, Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)