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 2013-2014 as the YEAR OF THE TURTLE in the Midlands! Calling all artists (ages 3-93) to make turtle 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.

REGISTER NOW! Visit http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/lwm/recycle/action.htm to register. For more information, call 1-800-768-7348.


Summer 2014

Take Action. Is a one day, comprehensive environmental education workshop for South Carolina educators. There will be three different dates for the workshop:

  • June 19th: at the Town of Lexington Conference Center
  • June 24th:  at the Pickens County Career and Technology Center
  • July 31st: at the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville

Take Action Today materials and lessons are from "Action for a cleaner tomorrow"- an award-winning, K-12, activity based, environmental curriculum supplement correlated to the state's science standards. This year's workshop will feature:

  • local recycling and composting programs
  • networking and collaboration opportunties
  • field trips to see green practices

Winners of Take Action Today awards will also be recognized.

REGISTER NOW! Visit www.scdhec.gov/environment/lwm/recycle/action.htm and choose the workshop you’d like to register for. Please only register for one workshop. Space will be limited to 100 teachers per workshop, so register early. For more information, call 1-800-768-7348.

Tuesday, July 22nd. Green Step Mentor Meeting and Green Apple day of Service meeting. This will be at Sonoco from 10am-2pm.

Tuesday, July 29th (10-11:30). York County Green Step Training at Orchard Park Elementary School, Fort Mill, SC. RSVP by July 24th to jane.hiller@sonoco.com

Thursday, July 31st. DHEC's Take Action Today Workshop Green Step School Awards Hartsville, SC. To register contact Anne McGovern at MCGOVEAR@dhec.sc.gov

August 2014

Saturday, August 23rd. 5th Annual Summer Celebration of Water will take place at Riverfront Park. This event will be from 10AM to 2P. Please see the flyer for more information.

September-October 2014

Women's Outdoor Retreat. September 19-21 at Hickory Knob State Resort Park. For more information on how to register please click here.

Monday, September 29th. Pickens County In-Service Green Step Training. For more information contact Cathy Reas Foser at c4jfos@charter.net

Green Apple Day of Service. This is great service project to get involved in whether you are a school or a mentor. Please click on the form that describes you school forms and mentor forms. For more information please click on this link.

Thursday, October 2nd (4-5:30). Greenville County Green Steps Training at Christ Church Episcopal School. RSVP by September 26th to jane.hiller@sonoco.com

Thursday, October 9th (4-5:30). Midlands Green Step Training at Sonoco Recycling. RSVP by October 3rd to jane.hiller@sonoco.com



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!



Floyd Dinkins, Green Steps teacher at C A Taylor ES in Lexington 2 received the Golden Apple Award from WLTX.

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, one of only 7 Certified SC Green Step Schools, has a new boardwalk made from repurposed wooden pallets. Read about their project..."Teachers Lead Community Effort to Build Garden Boardwalk". You can also read the article on the Green Steps School Face Book page.

A Greenville County Girl Scout Troop that was selected as one of ten nationwide recipients of the EARTH SAVERS Rain Garden Grant!


2012 "Take Action Today" Teacher Workshop PowerPoint Presentations

For presentations from the 2012 Take Action Today workshops click here.

For 2012 Take Action Today award winners click here.