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About 'Action' ...

“Action for a cleaner tomorrow: A South Carolina Environmental Curriculum Supplement” (“Action”) is the centerpiece environmental education program offered by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

“Action” provides hands-on lessons, lesson resources (fact sheets for teachers that present more detailed background on issues), student activities and worksheets as well as a glossary. Each of the program’s lessons is correlated to the current South Carolina science standards.

The lessons focus on the common methods of waste management including waste reduction (preventing waste in the first place), recycling and disposal (placing waste in landfills or burning in incinerators).

The goals of this program include helping students:

  • Understand the connection between natural resources and the products they use every day;
  • Understand that there are preferred options for managing waste and that each of us plays an integral role in deciding which options to choose;
  • To think critically of their own actions in conserving natural resources, reducing waste and recycling; and
  • Recognize the concept of personal responsibility toward the environment and to “take action” to make a positive impact in their home, school and community.

"Action” was created in 1992-93 by DHEC in conjunction with a statewide curriculum development team of teachers and the S.C. Department of Education.Currently in its 16th revised edition, more than 54,000 teachers and other educators have been trained on “Action” since its introduction in 1993. “Action” lessons have been taught in classrooms to thousands of students throughout the state.

"Action” has won national awards including the White House "Closing the Circle" Award, the Excellence in Solid Waste Education Award presented by the Solid Waste Association of North America, and the National Recycling Coalition's Beth Brown Boettner Award for Outstanding Public Education.

"Action" was updated in 2016 and includes new lessons on food waste prevention. In addition, all of the lessons were correlated to the S.C. Science Standards.

“Action” and “Action” workshops are provided at no cost to schools and teachers. For more information about “Action,” please contact DHEC’s Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling at 1-800-768-7348.

Action Highlights for 2016-2017

  • 365 South Carolina schools were visited by "Action" instructors.
  • 32 percent of South Carolina schools received Action presentations.
  • More than 36,000 students were taught "Action" lessons.
  • 1,055 teachers were taught "Action" lessons PLUS more than 1,000 teachers were trained to use "Action."
  • The annual Take Action Today Summer Workshop was held in Columbia for more than 100 educators in July 2016.
  • On average, a students’ knowledge of recycling increased by 81 percent after instruction with "Action" lessons according to pre- and post-test scores.



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