Our goal is to improve student test scores in STEAM subjects, improve student nutrition, and teach students about conservation using outdoor learning gardens and indoor hydronics systems as natural laboratories that can be installed and maintained in public and private schools.
We continue to refine and expand our school garden and hydroponics programs and are currently building a new school garden every week. We also continue to seek out and partner with other complementary organizations to help further our mission.
We continue to harness the energy of and expand our board of directors, increase our reach and revenue via strategic sponsorships and partnerships, and continue to seek and hire the most talented individuals for our staff as possible
Green Our Planet collaborated with the University of Nevada's Health Department i 2015 to help create and conduct the first survey in So Nevada of the impact of school gardens on teachers and students. The results of that survey can be seen here:
Green Our Planet continues to work with UNLV to formulate more intensive, long-term impact studies related to the effects of gardens on student nutrition, test scores, and attitudes towards the environment.
Since launching its Outdoor Garden Classroom Program in March, 2013, Green Our Planet has raised more than $4 million and has used much of that to fund and build more than 130 Outdoor Garden Classrooms in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. Green Our Planet has also spearheaded the creation of Nevada's first PreK-5 STEM curriculum to be used in school gardens, which was written to NV State and Next Gen standards.
Here are some other achievements:
Green Our Planet has created the largest Chef-to-School Program in the Unites States, with professional chefs from over 60 different restaurants volunteering to provide cooking demonstrations for students using vegetables from their school gardens.
FARMERS MARKETS/“FARMPRENEUR PROGRAM":
Green Our Planet launched the first farmers market at an elementary school in Nevada at John S. Park ES in November 2013. In the fall of 2014, Green Our Planet created the “Farmpreneur Program," which teaches fifth grade students how to create and run their own farmers markets. Since the program's launch, more than 80 CCSD schools have run their own farmers markets at their schools. During the 2016-2017 school year, Green Our Planet helped schools organize 165, student-run farmers markets.
FIRST SCHOOL GARDEN CONFERENCE:
Green Our Planet hosted Las Vegas' first school garden conference on March 20, 2014. Now in its fifth year, the conference attracts more than 300 teachers and principals who share best practices from across the CCSD.
FIRST GREEN SCHOOLS SUMMIT:
In October 2015, Green Our Planet partnered with the USGBC and the Desert Research Institute to create the first Nevada Green Schools Summit in order to share best practices for furthering the green school movement.
CORPORATE PARTNERS FOR SCHOOLS:
Green Our Planet has partnered schools with over 50 corporations and foundations to help fund the school gardens and for the long term benefit of the schools. Among those are Control Power Concepts, NV Energy, KJS Family Foundation, JBA Consulting Engineers, the Cosmopolitan, Wynn Resorts, Sands Corporation, the Consumer Electronics Association, Pardee Homes, Norgren Engineering, Santa Fe Casino, Mentors Foundation, CVS, Diamond Resorts, Walmart, Zappos, Lowes, Downtown Project, Innevation, Jamba Juice, Honey Salt Restaurant, Logistical Solutions, and Whole Foods.
In partnership with the Regenerative Education Cooperative (REC), Whole Foods and the KJS Foundation, Green Our Planet helped fund and organize teacher training workshops that to date have trained more than 700 CCSD teachers in how to teach STEAM standards in an Outdoor Garden Classroom.
WATER CONSERVATION AT SCHOOLS:
In a joint partnership with the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Green Our Planet has helped schools remove water intensive lawns and replace them with vegetable gardens, thus saving the Clark County School District more than 20 million gallons of water each year.