prioritize projects based on importance and availability of resources.
Green-colored stoplights represent projects that are "ready to go."
the order of implementation of sustainability projects according to project
importance and resource availability.
may be completed by one individual (i.e., a teacher preparing curriculum)
or by a group of people (i.e., a school district-level committee). It
is helpful to have a list of possible sustainability projects before beginning
this exercise. If a list is not available, participants should brainstorm
possible and current projects prior to the start of this exercise. (See
sidebar for examples of sustainability projects.) For an exercise to create
a list of sustainability projects choose the exercise Making
Your Ideas Fly!
and green crayons or colored pencils.
current and possible sustainability projects.
On the Stoplight Importance and Resource Availability worksheet,
list sustainability projects. For each project, circle one number describing
the project's importance toward accomplishing community sustainability
goals, and one number describing the availability of resources. Add
importance and availability scores, and record it for each project.
Average the scores for each project.
On the Stoplight worksheet, list projects in descending order
by combined score. Color stoplights green for projects you can begin
now. Color stoplights yellow for projects the group wants to do later.
Color stoplights red for projects that are neither important nor have
Begin planning for the projects with green lights. Discuss how to
develop resource bases for yellow-light projects.
of Sustainability Projects
audit for entire school.
for cafeteria waste and yard waste.
garden or natural area.
center for art materials.
garden or conflict resolution site.
safe substitutes for hazardous cleaning products.