Healthy Schools

Briargrove Elementary students read the electric meter in becoming a NWF Green Flag Eco-School.

Healthy Schools Inspire Students

Schools inspire our children to read, write, solve problems, explore science, social studies and art, all while providing them the opportunity to understand their place and impact on Earth, and the need to protect the world in which we all share.  School buildings themselves have the power to make learning easier or more difficult.  A room brightly lit with natural light, clean air, air temperature that’s not to hot or not too cold, and one void of air contaminants gives children the ability to think without hindrance.  Schools whose administration, teachers, and student bodies actively conserve water, energy, and other natural resources, either by design or behavior become district leaders.  Campuses utilizing gardens and other outdoor teaching areas, that encourage student field trips to local natural and historic places, inspire children to love nature and each other while learning core competencies.  

Connecting Schools & Community

Administrations supporting strong parent and local business involvement…tutoring, mentoring, or working together with students in gardens…build strong community spirit.

Healthy Tweaks Can Help

I work with districts, schools, or individual administrators to help improve the health of schools and their occupants, reduce their impact on our Earth, and save your district/school money.  My background as an engineer with a emphasis in water resources and environmental pollution control; long-time role as my children’s school Advisor for the Kids for Saving Earth Club and PTO Community Service & Sustainability Advisor; leadership in regional collaboratives and boards who's missions are to protect the natural environment and get children outside; and passion for the health & education of all children and protection of our Earth gives me the unique perspective to be able to identify and prioritize the healthy changes (“tweaks”) that your school needs.  

Partnering for Healthy Schools

Allow me to hear about your school’s needs and priorities, and together we can: 

  • Develop a mission statement to display your school’s commitment to Environmental Leadership
  • Understand the importance of involving all your school’s stakeholders:  Administration, Teachers, Staff, Students, Parents, and the Community
  • Identify curriculum integrating the concepts nature, the built environment, children's health, environmental health, and sustainability
  • Select free/low cost eco-competitions involving the whole school to conserve natural resources and thus money for your school
  • Become a NWF Eco-School, Green School Alliance School, and/or a Green Ribbon School
  • Start a Student Eco-Club at your school
  • Start an edible or pollinator garden, plant trees, and integrate nature into learning at your school

Helpful Links

I encourage you to visit the following websites, select several to become your favorites,* and implement their concepts a little at a time, building on your school’s successes.  Please contact me for specific help or ideas!

Center for Ecoliteracy

Children & Nature Network

Environmental Protection Agency:

EcoRise Youth Innovations

  • FREE for Houston-Area K-12 Teachers/Districts

Green Ribbon Schools
Green School Alliance

Health Code:  

Healthy Schools Network

Houston Environmental Resources Exchange

Kids for Saving Earth

National Environmental Education Foundation 

National Center for Safe Routes to School
National Wildlife Federation EcoSchools

Nature Works Everywhere

​North American Association for Environmental Education

Open OutDoors for Kids - Houston
School Gardens:

Take Care of Texas, Kids
Texas Children in Nature: Healthier, Happier, Smarter 

USGBC Center for Green Schools

USGBC Learning Lab

*If you find one or more of these websites helpful, please consider contributing to the non-profit organization that brings us this important information.


You can't educate a child who isn't healthy, and you can't keep a child healthy who isn't educated. - Joycelyn Elders