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




Angie Perry

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. Lessons also cover food waste reduction through donation, composting and smart shopping. 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.
  • "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."

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

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



Anita Mende


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


Janice Allen

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



Lori Nolte

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


Nanette Lovins


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.















































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