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05/05/2015 -
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03/10/2015 -
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Labs and Testbeds: New SyracuseCoE Facilities to Accelerate Innovations...

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2012 Annual Progress Report...

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SyracuseCoE in the Classroom

Welcome! SyracuseCoE in the Classroom is an online tool to help teachers bring environmental lessons into their curriculum. See our five modules below for curriculum, lesson plans, activities and more!

Spring Greening: An Educator Conference on Teaching Green
April 30th, 2013 - Syracuse Center of Excellence Headquarters

Featured Resources:

  • Presentations from Spring Green Greening 2013: An Educator Conference on Teaching Green
  • Presentations from Spring Greening 2012: A Teacher Training on Greening Your School
  • Presentations and handouts from Spring Greening 2011: A Teacher Training on All Things Green.
  • Green Field Trips in Central New York - A Google Map listing of locations to learn about sustainability in Central New York. Created by GreeningUSA and the Syracuse Center of Excellence.


Climate Change
Waste Reduction and Recycling
Green Infrastructure
Green Building

Human Population & Ecological Footprint

Building Tours

The SyracuseCoE Headquarters is a "living lab" that is meant to showcase and create a test bed for innovations in environmental and energy systems. To schedule a building tour for your classroom or club, click here.

Already toured the building and looking for a way to follow up with your students?

Energy Investigators Posters
• Elementary School Worksheet and Answer Key
• Middle and High School Worksheet and Answer Key

Educator Created Field Guide to the SyracuseCoE
Expeditionary Learning Middle School Field Guide

Virtual Building Tour

Fun Opportunities for Your Classroom

New York Recycles! Poster Contest — Calling all private and public schools and youth organizations! The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting poster submissions for its eighth annual New York Recycles! Poster Contest. The twelve (12) New York State winners receive the honor of having their artwork in a calendar which will be distributed throughout the state. The schools with winning entries will also receive a recycled content tote bag filled with educational materials and videos.

Recycle Bowl - Keep America Beautiful is hosting "Recycle-Bowl," the first comprehensive nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high-school students. Recycle-Bowl is designed to provide students with a fun, interactive way to learn about waste reduction and environmental responsibility through in-school recycling. This is replacing the NYS DEC's Green School Challenge this year.  

School Seedling Program — The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is offering free seedlings to all schools in New York State under its School Seedling Prorgram. The NYS DEC's Saratoga Tree Nursery will have several different species available for participants in this program. When students plant tree seedlings, they can see for themselves the structure of trees, learn what they need and how they grow. Teachers can use the planting process to discuss the benefits trees provide, while including many subjects that their classes are studying.

School Wide Programs to "Go Green"

SyracuseCoE in the Classroom "Go Green" Toolkit - SyracuseCoE in the Classroom compiled resources for going green: How to Improve Your School Recycling Program, How to Start a School-Wide Green Team, Vermicomposting in the Classroom

Go Green Initiative — The Go Green Initiative is a grassroots environmental program that unites parents, teachers and students to create a culture of conservation on campus. There are currently over 1.5 million students and teachers in registered Go Green schools.

Green Schools Challenge (NYS DEC) — The Green Schools Challenge provides a tool for school recycling coordinators, student environmental clubs and facility service professionals to engage their school community in recycling and waste reduction in a fun and friendly way.

Cool School Challenge — The Cool School Challenge is a program of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, developed in collaboration with Redmond High School environmental science teacher Mike Town, and Puget Sound Energy’s Powerful Choices for the Environment program.Conceptually modeled after the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement, the Cool School Challenge aims to motivate students, teachers, and school districts to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions schoolwide. At the heart of the Cool School Challenge is the philosophy that big changes start with small steps, and that taken together, simple individual actions create a world of difference.

Green Apple Day of Service (USGBC) - Green Apple is a global movement to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future.  Come join us for our first annual Day of Service, a day in which parents, teachers, students and advocates from around the world will work to make our schools healthier, more sustainable places to learn. Whether it's hosting a discussion about the importance of healthy schools or starting a recycling program at your local school or campus, your action can make a difference. Register your project, or find a project in your community.  If you have questions or need assistance, email


Educate & Act® (Grades 3-12) — Educate & Act® was created to make it easy for teachers to deliver a single classroom unit or a year-long environmental program. All the necessary tools, resources and materials required to teach a unit are either listed or provided. The curriculum was designed to be used in grades 3-12 and covers a wide range of topics including recycling, energy, water, air quality, trees, and endangered species, to name a few.