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Attention parents: environmental education - When to start?

You may ask yourself ‘When should I start planning my green calling?’

What about your child's?

It’s not too early to plan a Green career path, even in high school!

Parents and teens, you may want to explore a Green academy on the Peninsula, in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Woodside High School in Woodside, CA, a public high school in the Sequoia Union High School District, is planning to launch a new Green and Clean program in a new building on its campus.The Green Academy, a state initiative, will focus on green careers, particularly in alternative energy, water conservation, landscaping, and building.

The Green Academy is geared to high school students in the district who want to go to college and need a head start and/or to those who prefer to join the workforce. There will be many opportunities for hands-on learning, including outdoor projects and trips. The new building will be “self-sufficient” and environmentally-conscience demonstration. The program will offer personalized instruction in smaller groups.

On May 25, 2009 the Woodside High School PTA announced in an electronic newsletter the following to parents and students:

“Classes For Next School Year. Is your Woodside freshman interested in being green? studying green? working green? A new career academy is beginning at Woodside next year - a green academy. The focus of the academy is on learning about the environment and exploring jobs related to the environment, especially those involving energy and water. Green collar jobs are expected to increase in the future”.

The Green Academy staff is expecting a maximum of 160 students in 2-3 years, when the program matures and has all the elements.

Want to start your children earlier?

Here are recommended books:

1. What's It Like Living Green?: Kids Teaching Kids, by the Way They Live by Jill Ammon Vanderwood, ages 13 & upHow do other children live “green’? Inspires teens to make a difference utilizing simple ways to help the environment, help others, and even earn money along the way.

2. True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin, ages 10-14.This book is a collection of fun and practical ways for kids to green their family lives. It gives kids the message that they can make a difference and become a change agent for the environment.

3. A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids: Understanding Climate Change and What You Can Do About It by Julie Hall, ages 9 & up.Down to earth description of the greenhouse effect and what’s really going on in our climate. Empowers readers with solid clear information, as well as, giving them the tools to make a difference.  

4. 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh, ages 3-6. The book is inviting, gives practical and child-friendly guidance, with engaging illustrations, and offers ways to make a difference.