For Teachers

If you have any questions about the programs or materials below, call 1-800-768-7348.

K-8 Curriculum Supplement and Training

"Action for a Cleaner Tomorrow: A South Carolina Environmental Curriculum Supplement" ("Action") is a national award-winning kindergarten through eighth grade, activity-based, interdisciplinary curriculum supplement. Developed by teachers and DHEC's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling in conjunction with the S.C. Department of Education and others, "Action" can serve as a starting place for introducing basic environmental education in the classroom.

The curriculum supplement is correlated to the state's science standards. The current edition, featuring 17 lessons, includes the most frequently used lessons by teachers the past 21 years. Each lesson provides learning objective, background and teacher preparation info. (See this sample lesson -- "Recycling 101".)

"Action" is available only as part of a FREE three-hour training provided by the DHEC's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling. To organize a training or learn more about the "Action" workshops, email one of the Action trainers from the list below.

 

 

Mary Margaret Mendenhall

mmmendenhall@
greenleafedu.com

 

 

Angie Perry

angieperry@greenleafedu.com


Action in the Classroom - 5th grade, 7th grade and High School

  • "Action in the Classroom for Fifth Grade"provides an overview of recycling in South Carolina specifically tailored for fifth-grade students. It covers the basics of what happens when you throw something away, the 3 R's -- reduce, reuse and recycle -- as well as lessons about buying recycled.
  • "Action in the Classroom for Seventh Grade" leads seventh-grade student through identifying and conserving natural resources, groundwater and energy, and gives an overview of recycling in South Carolina. From investigating what we throw away to thinking about how we can save renewable and non-renewable resources, students are given practical, hands-on lessons to help them get the facts they need to think for themselves, form opinions, make decisions and take action.
  • "Action in the Classroom for High School Environmental Science" provides South Carolina-specific support to the environmental science high school course curriculum focusing on relevant environmental issues -- including solid waste (reduction and recycling), air and water.

To have "Action in the Classroom" come to your fifth-grade, seventh-grade or high school class, email the presenter serving your county. See the list below.

 

 

Kris Abell

krisabell@greenleafedu.com

Serving Abbevile, Anderson Greenville, Greenwood, McCormick Oconee, Pickens and Saluda Counties

 

 

Jessica Anderson

jessicaanderson@
greenleafedu.com

Serving Clarendon, Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marion and Williamsburg Counties

 

Janice Allen 

janiceallen@greenleafedu.com

Serving Aiken, Calhoun, Edgefield, Florence, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland and Sumter Counties

 

 

Lori Nolte

lorinolte@greenleafedu.com

Serving Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties

 

Nanette Lovins

nanettelovins@
greenleafedu.com

Serving Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Lancaster, Laurens, Marlboro, Newberry, Spartanburg, Union and York Counties

 

 

 

 

 

DORCHESTER COUNTY ONLY: All presentations for Dorchester County are provided by its county recycling program. Call the recycling coordinator at (843) 832-0070 Ext. 5077 to schedule a presentation.


The Green Driver Project

"The Green Driver Project" provides an overview of the environmental impact of driving for students in high school driver education classes. Students learn the importance of used motor oil recycling, related air, water and energy issues regarding the proper management of their vehicles, litter prevention and safety. Green Driver presentations are often taught in conjunction with "Action in the Classroom for High School Environmental Science."

Recycling Education Grant Program

The Recycling Education Grant Program is funded from a two cent per gallon fee on motor oil sold at the wholesale level. The grant program is available to schools to promote awareness of solid waste issues, including the need to reduce the solid waste we generate, and to recycle whenever we can. All projects are required to include a used oil awareness project because of the funding source.

For more information, contact DHEC's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling via email or by calling 1-800-768-7348.

Download the application (pdf)

Special Note: Grant projects must include an activity that stresses the importance of recycling used motor oil. This is because the grant funding comes from the Petroleum Fund. Recent examples from other applicants include poster and essay contests as well as community awareness projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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