Raise Awareness Among School Children
and their Parents

Projected GHG Reduction: Unknown
Implementation year(s): 2010

Incorporating climate change in the K-12 curriculum is a way to integrate climate protection into the way of life of the region. The younger the students begin to understand the climate consequences of their actions, the more likely they are to make climate-friendly activities into habits they carry throughout life. As well, schoolchildren are likely to talk about climate change with their parents, further spreading the knowledge.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a robust and diverse portfolio of curriculum which integrates greenhouse gas reduction into K-12 education. The Department of Energy (DOE) also manages an Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program's Education and Outreach Program, whose goal is to include the development of basic science awareness and increase critical thinking skills focusing on environmental science and climate change for K-12 students. In addition, the program supports relationship building between teachers, students, scientists, and communities.

Click here to view the complete list of community recommendations available in the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan.