The Indianapolis Thriving Schools Challenge is a green schools certification program for k-12 schools in Marion County. Schools may reach certification either by starting new projects or demonstrating their existing initiatives. Project funding is available to schools in need of financial support, maximizing the opportunity for all schools in our community to participate. Selected schools will be eligible for up to $5,000 in funding to implement up to 3 new projects, as well as to improve upon or expand existing projects. The dedicated teachers and staff who champion the implementation of new projects at selected schools will receive a stipend of up to $1,000.
Education in sustainability engages children and young adults around important topics like environmental stewardship, social responsibility, waste reduction, circular economy, systems thinking, place- and problem-based learning, and conservation of resources. Creating new projects will provide students, educators, and parents alike with hands-on project implementation experience. Through project-based learning, students will exercise critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of creating authentic, meaningful projects. These skills and knowledge will be crucial to the development of innovative solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.
Schools that are Thriving Schools certified will receive due recognition for their efforts, joining a cohort of local schools leading the way on sustainability education. All certified schools will receive supporting materials, including a decal to display their achievement.