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.

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


March 2015

South Carolina Mid-State Beekeepers Association. Third Spring Class Now Open for Registration! Classes are March 28th, April 11th and April 25th from 9am to 4pm. For more information please click here.

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.

Irmo Middle School Plant Sale by the 7th Grade Science classes. April 11, 2015 from 8-1. The plants are tended and grown in the on-campus greenhouse. Plants for sale will include: spring and summer vegetables, herbs, and a selection of flowers. The sale will take place in the IMS greenhouse- which is located beside the gymnasium. All proceeds from this sale will be used to fund future holiculture projects at IMS.

Saturday, April 18th 11am-4pm. 16th Annual Charleston County Earth Day Festival. This will take place at Riverfront Park, North Charleston. See the flyer or website for more information.

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.

July 2015

Tuesday, July 21st 1-2:30. Edventure Museum in Columbia. Free SC Green Steps Training for formal or informal educators who wish to lead or mentor a K-12 school team. RSVP to Jane Hiller.



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!