School-Based Environmental Service Learning

Find ways to engage students in environmental service learning projects in the classroom or on school grounds.

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How can students connect with the natural environment while in school, in both practical and engaging ways? Find ways students can make difference and learn valuable skills through service learning projects.

This is a satellite image of Hurricane Sandy in the Atlantic Ocean off the South Carolina coast.

Promote Natural Disaster Preparation

Find out what forces of nature could potentially strike your community. Discuss how to prepare for natural disasters and how families could respond to the natural disasters they may face in their community. Create and distribute tip sheets for family and community members’ emergency preparedness. Find helpful resources at Ready.gov .

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Calculate Daily Water Use at School

Use this online tool to help start a school-wide campaign encouraging everyone to use less water. Get the word out with persuasive writing via posters or skits. Challenge your fellow students to a video public service announcement (PSA) contest. With drought conditions affecting many states, helping to save water in your community will be a step in the right direction.

A photograph of a Pacific Green Turtle swims with a couple of striped fish at the French Frigate Shoals.

Raise Ocean Awareness

Watch videos from An Imbalance in the Ocean to examine ways that human actions can throw a marine ecosystem out of balance and lead to species decline. Discuss the threats as well as actions people can take, considering the stakeholders who stand to gain or lose from the success or failures of these actions. Present the data and findings to local stakeholders in a forum or through local news media. Find teacher resources at Earth Echo, an organization founded by the family of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau and dedicated to inspiring youth to solve environmental challenges that impact waterways: http://earthecho.org .

A photograph of students studying seeds in a classroom using handheld magnifying devices.

Investigate Local Environmental Issues

Investigate the effects of human activities in the local community. Create a scrapbook or slideshow of local environmental issues using newspaper and magazine articles, brochures, and other resources. Identify both the direct and the indirect impacts of human actions, including stories of local environmental stewardship projects or other human actions that have helped or had a negative effect on the local area. Present “Hero Awards” to local citizens and fellow students who are environmental stewards.

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Grow a School Garden MakerSpace

MakerSpaces, or areas in schools dedicated to innovative, creative pursuits, can help kids become independent thinkers. See School Makerspaces: Growing Farmers, Gardeners, and Cooks to see how seeds and food have sparked creativity, excitement, and wonder. Students might have a small pantry in addition to their school garden and a kitchen. Parent and community groups might enthusiastically supply other needed supplies. Kids can go from reading a recipe to inventively cooking with whatever is on hand, especially if food service providers and science teachers team together.

Innovating around food, of course, doesn’t have to include cooking. In a non-food-focused Makerspace with wood, nails, and glue, students can design and create gardening tools, container beds, or a solar food dehydrator to store summer’s bounty. For schools with a tech budget, 3-D printers allow students to dream and generate parts for gardens and tools that will help them take care of their space. Try Renovated Learning for more ideas.

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Create Recycled Art

Create a work of art made of recycled objects. Using your school or classroom’s recycling bin, collect cans, jars, and other recyclables. Add discarded wood, paper, and twine, and let students create sculptures, mobiles, jewelry, or other work. Write a short narrative of what you used and how you recycled the material. Give artwork away as a gifts to family members or to residents of a nursing home in your community.

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Start a School-side Recycling Effort

Work with the school principal and food service workers to get bins for recycling in the lunchroom. Ask the school to buy recycled paper and to recycle printer cartridges. Clean up litter around the school and recycle it! Collect and store plastics, glass, cardboard, and cans until you can have it picked up or taken to a recycling center. Use any money earned to keep the recycling effort going, or donate to an environmental cause. Promote the use of reusable water bottles to reduce harmful plastics in the trash as well as the use of fossil fuels. Create video public service announcements (PSAs) to share lessons learned through this project with other schools and community partners.

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Raise Money or Collect Food to Help Those in Need

Start a book or coat, fundraising, or canned goods drive to help people affected by natural disasters such as flooding, hurricanes, or wildfires. Schools may also be relocated or otherwise disrupted by disasters. Collect school supplies and write notes of encouragement for the impacted students.

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Taking It to the Class: Green Projects for the Classroom

Try these great lesson ideas for environmentally conscious teachers (and their lucky students).

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An annual celebration of Earth Day should not be the only time during the school year when you devote significant classroom time to exploring issues of environmental awareness and stewardship. Whether you teach biology, history, or language arts, the Web is a rich and ever-growing resource, with curriculum ideas for integrating environmental issues into lesson plans. But where to begin? That will be your decision, but we'll help you get started.

We've compiled a cross section of lessons, with ideas for every grade level. Some can be completed within a single class period and others require more time, but all are sure to get your students -- and you -- thinking about what can be done to preserve our increasingly fragile planet.

Elementary School

The life history of "stuff".

By tracing the origins of everyday products -- the bikes they ride to school or their favorite sneakers -- students develop an understanding of the impact that the production, sale, and disposal of commonly used goods have on the environment.

Though no single lesson is likely to change students' consumption patterns completely, this one is sure to get them thinking about alternatives, like wearing shoes until they're outgrown or worn out, or donating still-usable items so they don't end up in a landfill prematurely.

Topics: Consumption, Waste Production Teaching Level: Grades 2-3 Source: Education for Sustainable Development

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From Farm to Table

Students (and adults, too) know surprisingly little about the origin of the food they eat every day. In this lesson, students compile lists of frequently eaten foods and then take a trip to the local supermarket to research their origin by analyzing food displays or speaking with the grocer.

What are the consequences of eating grapes from Chile or corn from Mexico? Are there economic or health advantages to eating locally grown fruits and vegetables? Should grocers provide origin information for the produce they sell? These are just a few of the issues students can explore in this lesson. There's also ample opportunity to extend the lesson through action, by visiting a local farmers' market and talking with growers or starting their own vegetable garden at school.

Topic: Food Sources Teaching Level: Grades 4-6 Source: California School Garden Network

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In this thirty-minute lesson for very young students, a simple bowl of goldfish crackers helps make concrete the concept of scarcity of resources. In the first part of the lesson, the bowl is passed around the room and students are allowed to take as many crackers as they'd like. In the second, each student receives an equal number of crackers.

The two scenarios serve as an excellent entrée into a discussion of uneven distribution of resources, as students discuss how it felt to get more (or fewer) fish than their classmates. The next step is to expand the discussion to resources in students' homes or in their community that everyone must share.

Topic: Scarcity of Resources Grade Level: P-2 Source: Population Connection

Trip Tally: Discovering Environmental Solutions

What impact does car transportation have on the local environment? That's the key question this lesson aims to ask and answer as students conduct a simple air pollution experiment and analyze the findings in the context of their own weekly trip tally, which documents their comings and goings about town by car, foot, bike, and public transportation.

Students analyze their own travel data, as well as that of the whole class, and then explore strategies for reducing air pollution by choosing to ride their bike rather than drive, or by taking fewer trips.

Topic: Air Pollution Teaching Level: Grades 3-6 Source: Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

Elementary and Middle School

Environmental explorers.

This lesson calls upon observation and analysis skills as students explore and then discuss the changes that have been made to the natural environment. Students observe and document natural and human features in their locale (during a walk around the neighborhood or a trip downtown, for example), and evaluate the impact of changes made by humans, such as the leveling of an area for a subdivision or the damming of a local stream or river.

As a culminating activity, students discuss local environmental and planning issues and then write letters to the local newspapers expressing their views and encouraging specific action.

Focus: Environmental Awareness Teaching Level: Grades 3-8 Source: National Geographic Society

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The Trash We Pass

A day's worth of classroom garbage becomes the basis for this lesson, which explores the amount of waste students (and their schools, families, and community) produce each day, and the impact of all this trash on the environment. Faced with the dirty truth about how much trash they accumulate, students are asked to brainstorm how to reduce their waste production (by using less, recycling more, and so on) and then to put their newfound knowledge to further use by taking action in their community.

The lesson includes ideas for extending their work beyond the classroom, pursuing activities such as researching local recycling options and advocating with city officials for improvements, or starting a compost pile at school or at home.

Topics: Consumption, Waste Production Teaching Level: Grades 4-7 Source: Redefining Progress

We Are What We Drink

The writings of a Peace Corps volunteer from the Togolese Republic in Africa provide a developing-world context for the exploration of water consumption, water pollution, and the health of individuals and communities. Students explore their own water consumption (the amount of water used in everyday activities; the types of water -- filtered, bottled, and so on) they drink -- and compare this data with the experiences of residents in the Togolese Republic, where clean water is scarce and cholera is endemic.

Topics: Water Quality, Public Health Teaching Level: Grades 3-8 Source: Peace Corps, Coverdell World Wise Schools

Middle and High School

Fishing for the future.

Through a simulation, students model several consecutive seasons of a fishery and explore how such variables as advances in technology, population growth, and attention to sustainable fishing practices impact fish catch and fisheries management. Over multiple "seasons," students confront the economic and environmental impact of overfishing. As the fish population is depleted in one area, for example, they must seek out sources elsewhere or explore more sustainable practices.

This engaging lesson includes thought-provoking writing and discussion prompts, and opportunities for students to extend what they've learned to their own community by exploring the status of commonly owned resources in their town or state.

Topic: Sustainability Teaching Level: Grades 6-12 Source: Facing the Future: People and the Planet

How Big Is Your Footprint?

Using Web tools, students calculate their ecological footprints (the amount of natural resources they consume in a given year) and then, as a group, determine the footprint of the entire class. After creating graphs and finding the mean, the median, the mode, and the standard deviation for the class, students explore a range of discussion questions about reducing their footprint, their responsibility to subsequent generations, the impact of their consumption, and more.

Armed with this new knowledge and awareness, students are prompted to consider the size of their family's footprint, or that of the entire school. What steps might they each take to decrease their footprint? By taking the test again six months later, students will be able to assess the impact of their choices.

Topic: Consumption, Pollution Teaching Level: Grades 8-12 Source: Alliance to Save Energy

High School

Building on the concept of a watershed, students use a field trip to a local body of water (a stream at a local park, for example) to conduct a detailed assessment of the water and surrounding land and then document their findings by mapping and profiling the water and the neighboring area.

This hands-on science lesson teaches students how to take standardized measurements of water characteristics, integrates writing activities as students describe the characteristics of the local watershed, and provides an excellent introduction to issues of water quality. There's also information about using data from, and sharing data with, the worldwide science and education program Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE).

Topic: Water Quality Teaching Level: Grades 9-12 Source: Center for Environmental Education Online

Whose Resource Is It?

Environmental justice is the focus of this lesson, which integrates world history, geography, and government topics into a case study and a role-playing exercise. Students explore the impact of a plan to locate a new industry in a low-income neighborhood, then take on the roles of community members, business executives, and city officials as they advocate for and against building a power plant in a low-income minority neighborhood. Together, they assess the economic, environmental, and social consequences of their decisions.

Through these activities and supplemental readings, students gain a deeper understanding of the ways socioeconomic status impacts the number and types of businesses in a neighborhood -- and the impact these businesses have on residents' health and well-being.

Focus: Environmental Justice Teaching Level: Grades 9-12 Source: Education for a Sustainable Development

Roberta Furger is a contributing writer for Edutopia .

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10 Environmental Research and Passion Project Ideas for High School Students

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By Alex Yang

Graduate student at Southern Methodist University

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As our planet faces ever-increasing environmental challenges, there is a growing need for individuals who have the knowledge and the desire to make a positive impact on the environment.

Why should high school students study environmental topics?

High school students and their generation are in a unique position to learn about environmental science. Growing up in a world that is increasingly threatened by climate change, younger generations have a passion for learning more about the environment - they sense the urgency of the issue and want to take action.

A 2021 study by Deloitte found that climate change and environmental issues were the top concerns for GenZ, ranking ahead of unemployment and healthcare.

Sustainability projects for students hold immense significance in your educational journey and are important for these reasons:

Fostering a lifelong love for the environment : By engaging in passion projects, students develop a deep and lasting connection with the environment. They become more aware of the world's ecological challenges and are inspired to become lifelong stewards of planet Earth.

Building critical problem-solving skills: Environmental science projects require students to analyze complex issues, gather and interpret data, and propose solutions. These critical thinking and problem-solving skills are not only valuable in academia but also in future careers.

Making a tangible impact: Passion projects empower students to make a real-world impact. Whether it's researching phytoplankton blooms or studying the ecology of viruses, their efforts contribute to our collective understanding of environmental issues and potential solutions.

Preparing for future opportunities: Many universities and scholarship programs value passion projects as indicators of a student's dedication and initiative. These projects can open doors to higher education opportunities and scholarships.

Personal growth: Beyond academic benefits, passion projects promote personal growth . Students learn to manage their time, set goals, and work independently; all are essential skills for success in any field.

What are a fe environmental science project ideas?

If you’re interested in learning more about topics related to ecology, sustainability, conservation, climate change, green energy, or environmental impact and implications, consider using one of the eco-inspired ideas on this list as the focus for your research or passion project.

1. What triggers phytoplankton blooms off the Southern California coast?

Investigate the environmental factors that trigger the growth of microscopic algae, or phytoplankton, along the Southern California coastline. You will analyze publicly available datasets of physical, chemical, and biological data, including nutrient concentrations, temperature, and algae abundance, collected by scientists. Through statistical analysis, you will identify the key factors that influence phytoplankton blooms. 

2. The ecology of viruses

Dive into peer-reviewed scientific articles and discuss how changes to our planet might affect the dynamics of a virus of your choice. Can global warming really make pandemics more likely? If you're interested in applying to public or private agencies for fellowships or scholarships, this project is the perfect opportunity to showcase your talents and stand out from the crowd.

 3. Wildfire impacts on forest regeneration and carbon storage

The devastating wildfires currently plaguing the United States are causing both ecological and economic damage. In this exciting project, learn how to use publicly available online resources, such as GIS databases of fire history and forest plot inventory, to analyze the effects of wildfires on seedling and sapling density. You can also learn/use R programming to perform basic statistical analyses and create stunning maps showcasing important information, such as fire frequency, vegetation, and carbon storage.

4. How to create a sustainable business

Interested in the intersection of sustainability and business? Review criteria for Environmental, Social, and Governance. Look at successful businesses with high scores and see how that could apply to a new company. Think through the product and overall business and create a presentation to pitch the company to investors.

5. What makes a weed a weed?

Have you ever noticed how weeds manage to thrive in the most unexpected places without any care, while it can be quite challenging to keep a houseplant alive? Explores the secrets of these resilient hitchhikers and uncover valuable insights that we can apply to our own plant care practices.

6. African rainfall and climate: responses to a warming world?

More than a billion people rely on the African monsoons as their primary water source, making it essential to comprehend how human-caused global warming may impact rainfall patterns. Explore how environmental factors, such as ocean temperatures and wind direction/speed, impact African precipitation over time.

7. Fashion with a purpose: reduce, reuse, and recycle

Interested in fashion design? The aim of this project is to promote awareness about climate change through fashion design. Use various materials such as trash, recyclables, repurposed items, and second-hand materials to create your own items that look great and are good for the environment! 

8. Research paper on species invasion

A major cause of global biodiversity loss is the introduction of invasive species (such as lionfish and zebra mussels) outside of their natural habitats. Investigate a specific invasive species, and analyze: 1. the cause(s) of species introduction in a novel geographic region, 2. the environmental factors contributing to its success, and 3. how the invasive species impacts its new ecosystem.

9. Climate change and coral reefs: what threats are our coral reefs facing?

Coral reefs are under multiple "stressors" including ocean acidification, global warming, pollution, and overfishing. How are these threats affecting coral reef ecosystems and what are the consequences of one or all of these "stressors"? What are some practical solutions that can help save our coral reefs? What groups, governments, or companies can get involved to help out?

10. Trash talk: ways to reduce laboratory waste

Every year, laboratories produce 12 billion pounds of plastic waste. A great project would be to explore ways that laboratories can reduce plastic waste by using glass pipettes, recyclable gloves, or other equipment, while still ensuring the equipment is sterile.

How can Polygence help start a environmental project?

Projects can be very fulfilling and allow you to develop your passion for a particular topic, and help you make decisions like choosing your college major . Further, these projects offer a lot of flexibility in terms of what the final product can actually look like, and provide you a great edge in the college admissions process .

Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey of discovery and environmental impact? Polygence offers a unique opportunity for high school students like you to dive deep into your passion for environmental science.

Work with an expert mentor to explore your passion

At Polygence, we precisely match you with a mentor in your area of interest. Together, you can explore and deepen your passions.

Examples of Environmental Projects Completed by Polygence Students

Austin’s project: How Switching to Sustainable Practices in Large Companies or Small Companies Can Positively Affect Their Business and Corporate Social Responsibility

Cecilia’s project: The Impact of Climate Change on Animal Behavior: The Arctic Marine and Monterey Bay Ecosystems

Clara’s project: How Will a Lower Population of California Sea Otters Disrupt the Ecological Balance in Monterey Bay?

Connor’s project: Research Paper on Rising Global Temperatures and Increased Forest Fires

Eda’s project: How Does Exposure to Environmental Toxins During Key Developmental Stages Affect One’s Risk of Getting Breast Cancer Later in Life?

Suraga’s project: Measuring the Efficiency of Greenhouse Gases

Tridib’s project: California in Flames: A Literature Review on the Causes and Effects of Wildfires

What does the Polygence program provide?

Our program connects you with expert mentors in environmental studies who will guide and support you throughout your project. Whether you're intrigued by phytoplankton blooms, virus ecology, wildfires, sustainable businesses, or any other environmental topic, Polygence provides the platform to explore your interests fully by:

Creating your own research or passion project: Tailor your project to match your specific interests and schedule. Your project is uniquely yours.

Receiving expert guidance: Work closely with knowledgeable environmental science research mentors who will provide valuable insights and expertise to ensure the success of your project.

Showcasing your final product: Polygence offers options to explore multiple topics or present your final project. Share your findings and discoveries with the world.

Don't wait to turn your passion for the environment into a meaningful and impactful environmental passion project. Join Polygence and take the first step towards exploring your passions, making a difference, and gaining an edge in your educational journey.

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Eco anxiety is on the rise. Young people feel increasingly powerless and worried about their future. Teachers want to do more to include the climate emergency in lessons but often don’t have the knowledge, confidence, or time they need to do it justice. We enable schools to embed climate education into lessons and become more sustainable through a range of training, support, and resources. This gives teachers and young people the tools they need to tackle the climate crisis at school, in their communities and throughout their lives. 

This is the defining issue of our time, and our young people will have to deal with the worst of the consequences. We need to act now to help schools get serious about sustainability, and give young people hope for a greener future.

Our pupils didn’t fully understand what was happening with climate change. Now that they understand and they know what the issues are, they’ve been much more conscientious about the environment.

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23 Environmental Service Project Ideas

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Our environment is more than a background: it’s our home. Lions and Leos are committed to caring for it. Here are some environmental service project ideas* that you and your club can do to help sustainably protect and restore our environment and improve the well-being of all communities.

Beginner Environmental Projects Ideas

  • Plant trees. Consult your local environment authorities to determine the type and number of trees needed, as well as the location for planting. Download our Tree Planting Project Planner .
  • Meet on a monthly basis and clean up a beach, community space or roadside area as a club.* Video: Keeping Greenland Clean
  • Hold an environment-themed photo contest at a local school. Reward the winner with a tree planted in their honor or another green form of recognition.
  • Using a reusable water bottle or coffee mug rather than disposable products.
  • Changing to energy-saving lightbulbs.
  • Setting a time limit for your shower to reduce water consumption.
  • Develop a Green Living Tip Sheet and share it electronically with members of your community or network.
  • Recognize a local organization or community leader for their efforts in environmental conservation.
  • Volunteer with your local park service to maintain trails . You will help more people access and enjoy nature! Blog: Jarvis Lions Walking Trail
  • Commit to “Meatless Mondays” , or to not eating meat one day each week.
  • Collect used cellphones and donate them to individuals in need.

Intermediate Environmental Projects Ideas

  • Lead an after-school nature walk* for young students. Encourage them to make observations and ask questions, then have them draw a picture of their experience afterwards. LION Magazine: Outdoor Learning with Tucson Lions
  • Host a virtual watch party of an environmental film or documentary.
  • Work with city officials to paint “no dumping” signs near road drainage areas.
  • Identify where to recycle toxic items and share/advertise its schedule of collection campaigns.
  • Organize an environmental mural competition . Paint the winner’s artwork in an appropriate area to beautify your community and promote environmental awareness. LION Magazine: Mural Increases Visibility of Lions
  • Host a community recycling drive where people donate gently used items or trash to support local charity organizations. LION Magazine: Cans for Kids with Cancer
  • Organize a Lunch and Learn meeting* with students at your school. Afterward, teach them how to sort their recyclables and trash.

Advanced Environmental Projects Ideas

  • Develop a demonstration garden or landscaping plot using native plant species to encourage restoration of the local natural habitat and water conservation.
  • Sponsor a training program for small farmers on how to make and use organic fertilizers and pesticides .
  • Produce a monthly nature program on the local public radio station. Feature environmental topics of interest, interview environmental activists in your community and promote Lions environmental projects.
  • Host a public debate* on controversial environmental issues in your community. Share the results with government officials.
  • Partner with a local carpenter (or DIY tutorial) to build a rain barrel . Then, hold a training with community members to promote using barrels for watering and irrigation. Video: Rain Barrels Conserve Water
  • Organize an alternative transportation incentive program in your community to encourage walking, biking, public transportation and carpooling.
  • Work with local schools to develop school gardens and composting programs to improve the quality of school meals and reduce waste. Videos: Lions Build School Gardens in Uruguay and Montana

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A Glance at Top 10 Eco-Friendly School Projects

As a responsible citizen, student or parent , it is your duty to do all you can within your power to protect the environment. And what is the most popular way to get your voices heard than your school? As a student, it is highly likely that environmentally-friendly projects , which can also be classified as science projects, may be unpopular with the school administration, but should not deter you from getting involved. Furthermore, you’ll more likely get support from your fellow students and peers. If research projects are difficult for you and you repeatedly wonder “who could write my dissertation for me” or “who could do the project for me”, you can always seek help from professionals.

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In the United States, school buildings are the third biggest users of energy.  A mid-size school can reportedly spend around $1 million on energy costs each year and that figure is going up by around 19 percent every year. Meanwhile, schools are also one of the major sources of pollution and waste that is detrimental to the environment.

Nearly half of all schools (43 percent) have poor environmental conditions and 20 percent below average indoor air quality. Part of the problem is the degradation of the school buildings, reduced air circulation, and use of harmful building materials. All these can lead to various illnesses like asthma.

Schools also use lots of electronics, such as desktop computers and laptops, which creates environmental problems. It would be a good proposition to do proper data wiping to erase all sensitive information on hard drives. Read more about secure hard drive data wiping at this link

Eco-friendly school projects will teach students leadership skills and will help the students in understanding science’s role in the protection of environment and conservation of natural resources.

Here are top 10 eco-friendly school project ideas for you:

1. Organize and Cleanup the Classroom

Classrooms are filled with clutter. Cluttered surfaces, cupboards, and corners can accumulate mold and dust if not clean regularly. So, organize some classmates or parents if possible and de-clutter all the classrooms once a month.

2. Environment-friendly Cleaning Systems

This is one of the best environmental school projects for students to undertake. Most schools use toxic cleaning products, poisons, paints, and other chemicals and fertilizers that can harm the student’s health as well as to the maintenance and cleaning staffs. So, ask your school directors to use green and non-toxic alternatives instead.

3. Raise Funds for Air Quality Meters

Organize your fellow students and the parents to raise funds for installing air quality meters in and around the school premises. You can also ask the school administration to invest in air quality meters. The meters will notify everyone involved with the school to know the quality of the air they’re breathing.

4. Organize a Local Food Day

Organize a program in your school to let your fellow students be aware of the health benefits of local food. You can do this on a monthly basis or once every few months. You can also team up with local restaurants, farmers, or even food trucks to bring fresh, organic food to the school.

5. Establish a Green Student Club

By setting up a student club focusing on environmental causes, you can take environmental education into your own hands. Activities you can promote through the club may include campus-wide recycling initiatives, tree planting, campus cleanups, growing food in the school garden, and so on.

6. Set up Carpooling or Cycling Group

Find new and more efficient ways to commute to and from the school. Carpooling is a tested solution. However, if you and your fellow students live nearby, you can encourage them and their parents to consider biking or walking together.

7. Ask School To Install Energy Meter

Energy meters aren’t only a great way to learn about energy and how it works, it will also encourage them to conserve energy and water. Most schools have already gone ahead with this and have reported that it has been saving them on the school’s power, heat, and water costs. Microsoft Certification can help you in understanding in developing software and apps related to energy audit and energy conservation.

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8. Remind Everyone About Energy Conservation

Sometimes it is the little things that make the most impact. Post energy conservation articles and signs throughout your school campus. Post reminders in every classroom, bathroom, hallway, teacher’s room, lunchroom, gym, and so on. It will remind the students and teachers to turn off lights when not in use, save water while washing, adjust the thermostats when leaving the rooms, not to waste paper etc.

Another great way to motivate students to apply energy-saving mindset is to organize some kind of a contest to do my assignment . For example, it can be an essay writing competition on topics related to ecological problems, alternative energy , etc. Don’t forget about small rewards for best paper writers and here you go – children have learned more about being more environmentally responsible and have become more engaged in your energy-saving activities.

9. Start a Water Bottle Campaign

You’ll be surprised how much waste you can reduce at your school if you ask the students and teachers to stop using disposable water bottles and other single-use plastic items. Instead, head a campaign encouraging students and teachers to refill their water containers from the school’s water fountains instead of buying a new one every time they want one.

10. Become a Human Xeriscaper

Usually, schools waste a huge amount of water while maintaining the lawns and landscaping using xeriscapers . The process is costly and wastes water. Instead, you and your students can volunteers as xeriscapers on a weekly basis. You can also ask the school administration to install plants that don’t need a lot of water.

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We should take care of our ecology. We kill our nature every day and this tendency must be stopped. Many schools teach little schoolers on how to protect our nature. There are different ecological projects that are initiated to rescue nature. essay pro review has 10 eco-friendly project ideas for school students that will engage them in being “green”. Teachers may also find this information useful to generate more ideas.

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Firstly, we’d like to pay your attention to the main risk factors that negatively affect the environment. Take a look at the list below borrowed from online custom essay writing company and its team of reliable academic writers:

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  • Pollution of all kinds;
  • Decrease of flora and fauna;
  • Deforestation;
  • Ineffective environmental law and policies;
  • Chemical effluents;
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The first go green project idea is to dig a vegetable plot. Devote some land on school grounds to grow organic vegetables. Mind that it can be used in the school cafeteria, as well as given to food banks to help starving people who don’t have enough money to buy food.

Schoolers will have to take care of this garden. They should plant, grow, and monitor their orchard. It’s a good time to give them information about every vegetable they plant. Thus, you combine work and education. Tell about the main qualities and health benefits of each green.

Tip : If there are no finances for this project, try to engage some local communities and centers.

Engage children in recycling. Many people throw trash and other spoiled things right in the street. This also contributes to the destruction of nature. Teach kids that it’s a wrong action and they should use special containers for the proper kind of trash.

You may visit the local landfill or recycling facility. Let them see how the wastes get utilized. Thus, you’ll develop the habit to throw trash where it will be reused or recycled. You may provide some data about how long various items are decomposed, which are most toxic, how their recycling frees place and purifies the surrounding.

Tip : Organize the area for gathering garbage and sort it into proper containers to send it to the recycling facilities.

Another important eco-friendly project is to plant trees. This is one of the favorite eco-projects that captivate merely all children. They are fond of planting trees and thus, can be easily taught about the usefulness of planting. It’s a perfect chance for teachers to tell how trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.

Tip : In case, the school doesn’t have its own territory for tree planting agree on planting in local parks or backyards of every pupil. Choose fast-growing trees so that kids could quickly see the results of their efforts.

Another great project-idea is to launch a “green competition”. Such a project will surely engage more pupils because it will plant a seed of healthy competition to win the award and praise. Schools will be more encouraged due to the sense of extra effort. A small tournament may be based on different projects – garden, tree planting, eco-essays and so on.

Tip : Children should be given freedom of choice to reveal their creativity and show that they really care.

You can also offer children to recommend some eco-friendly cleaning systems. People use systems to clean products and clothes. Unfortunately, many of them are actually toxic and poisonous. Teachers may suggest their pupils think about alternative systems of cleaning, which are environmentally safe.

Tip : Ask children to offer at least one more safe system or program that can be used safely. For example, it may use of solar energy .

You should also take care of the quality of the air. Thus, you can install air quality meters with your school students. It’s a good way to detect how clean the air is and whether one should undertake some measures to improve the situation. This is also a good chance to tell children about the main air pollutants and factors that pollute the environment via the air.

Tip : If you don’t have enough funds, ask school administration, parents and local organizations to aid.

You may organize a food day. Students should bring natural and safe products. The project should take place regularly. Give awards to students who bring healthy products and lecture them about dangerous foods and products.

Tip : Contact local farms and restaurants to organize special food festivals and get some product support.

Establish a green club. It should be a special student community that will take care of the environment on the campus. Thus, children will teach their peers to protect nature.

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Tip : Encourage and organize different “green” activities.

Install an energy meter. This project is similar to air meters. Explain to children why energy conservation is important and how to use it reasonably.

Tip : Enumerate possible alternative sources of energy that are safe for us.

Initiate a water bottle campaign. Students should gather plastic bottles and send them to recycling facilities. Explain why plastic and other water containers are harmful to the surrounding.

Tip : Encourage children to use only eco-friendly containers.

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We believe that appropriate education of children will help them to understand that we must protect our nature. Teachers may use our concepts to “plant and grow” the seed of understanding.

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Engaging students in eco-friendly projects is a fantastic way to foster environmental awareness and responsibility. These projects not only educate students but also empower them to make a positive impact on the planet. From recycling initiatives to community gardens, there are countless opportunities for students to get involved. By incorporating sustainable practices into their daily lives, they become advocates for a greener future. Kudos to these school students for taking part in such meaningful projects!

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Hey there, eco-warriors! Are you ready to make a positive impact on our planet? World Environment Day is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to roll up our sleeves and get involved in some exciting projects. In this blog, we’ll explore a variety of World Environment Day project ideas that are not only educational but also fun and easy to execute. Whether you’re passionate about conservation, sustainability, or technology, there’s something here for everyone. Let’s dive in!

How Do We Celebrate World Environment Day In School?

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Celebrating World Environment Day in school can be both educational and fun. Here are some ideas:

  • Organize Workshops: Host workshops on environmental conservation, sustainable living, and the importance of biodiversity. Invite guest speakers or local environmental organizations to lead discussions and activities.
  • Plant Trees: Plan a tree planting event in the school garden or nearby parks. This not only helps beautify the surroundings but also teaches students the importance of trees in combating climate change.
  • Eco-Friendly Art Projects: Encourage students to create artwork using recycled materials. This could include sculptures, paintings, or crafts that highlight environmental themes and promote recycling.
  • Clean-Up Campaigns: Organize clean-up campaigns within the school premises or in the surrounding community areas. This helps teach kids to take responsibility for keeping the environment clean and litter-free.
  • Environmental Awareness Campaigns: Start campaigns to inform people about environmental problems like plastic pollution, cutting down forests, or climate change. This could involve creating posters, organizing assemblies, or distributing informational pamphlets.
  • Sustainable Practices: Encourage students to live sustainably every day by using less water and energy, sorting their waste correctly, and choosing eco-friendly ways to get to school, like biking or walking.
  • Outdoor Activities: Take learning outdoors with nature walks, birdwatching sessions, or gardening activities. This allows students to connect with nature firsthand and appreciate the beauty and importance of the environment.
  • Engage in Advocacy: Empower students to become advocates for environmental change by organizing letter-writing campaigns, petition drives, or advocating for eco-friendly policies within the school and local community.

Top 50 World Environment Day Project Ideas: Category Wise

Educational projects.

  • Environmental Workshops: Conduct interactive workshops on climate change and conservation.
  • Documentary Screenings: Show environmental documentaries followed by discussions.
  • Guest Lectures: Invite environmentalists to speak to students about sustainability.
  • Eco-Friendly Art Competitions: Host art competitions using recycled materials.
  • Poster Making: Organize a poster-making contest on environmental themes.
  • Essay Writing: Hold an essay competition on topics like “How to Save Our Planet.”
  • Book Club: Start a book club focusing on environmental literature.
  • Science Fairs: Host a science fair showcasing eco-friendly inventions.
  • Debates: Organize debates on environmental issues.
  • Nature Journaling: Encourage students to maintain a journal documenting their observations of nature.

Conservation Projects

  • Tree Planting Drives: Organize tree planting events in the school or community.
  • Beach Clean-Ups: Arrange beach or river clean-up activities.
  • Wildlife Habitat Restoration: Work on projects to restore local wildlife habitats.
  • Gardening Clubs: Start a school gardening club to grow native plants.
  • Bird Feeder Workshops: Make bird feeders and place them around the school.
  • Butterfly Gardens: Create butterfly-friendly gardens.
  • Native Plant Nurseries: Establish nurseries for native plants.
  • Invasive Species Removal: Conduct drives to remove invasive species.
  • Composting Projects: Set up composting bins and teach students how to use them.
  • Rainwater Harvesting: Implement a rainwater harvesting system.

Sustainable Living Projects

  • Recycling Programs: Start a school-wide recycling program.
  • Zero Waste Challenges: Challenge students to go to zero waste for a week.
  • Reusable Bag Campaigns: Promote the use of reusable bags.
  • Upcycling Projects: Create art or useful items from waste materials.
  • Eco-Bricks: Teach students how to make eco-bricks from plastic waste.
  • Energy Audits: Conduct energy audits of the school and suggest improvements.
  • Solar Panel Installations: Install solar panels on school buildings.
  • Bike to School Days: Encourage biking to school with organized events.
  • Green Classroom Certifications: Work towards certifying classrooms as green.
  • Water Conservation Campaigns: Raise awareness about water-saving practices.

Advocacy Projects

  • Petition Drives: Collect signatures for environmental causes.
  • Letter Writing Campaigns: Write letters to local officials advocating for green policies.
  • Social Media Campaigns: Create social media campaigns to spread awareness.
  • Eco-Friendly School Policies: Advocate for the adoption of eco-friendly policies in the school.
  • Public Speaking: Organize public speaking events on environmental topics.
  • Community Outreach: Engage with the local community to promote environmental conservation.
  • Eco Clubs: Start an environmental club at school.
  • Sustainable Fashion Shows: Host a fashion show with clothes made from recycled materials.
  • Green Pledges: Encourage students to take pledges to reduce their environmental impact.
  • Collaboration with NGOs: Partner with environmental NGOs for projects.

Technology Projects

  • Environmental Monitoring Apps: Develop apps to monitor local environmental conditions.
  • Sustainability Blogs: Start a blog documenting school sustainability efforts.
  • Energy Efficiency Projects: Implement projects to improve energy efficiency in the school.
  • Virtual Reality Tours: Create VR tours of local natural habitats.
  • Drones for Conservation: Use drones to monitor wildlife and habitats.
  • Online Awareness Campaigns: Launch online campaigns about environmental issues.
  • Green Tech Innovations: Develop green technology prototypes.
  • Water Purification Projects: Work on projects to improve water quality.
  • Eco-Friendly School Websites: Build a website to promote the school’s green initiatives.
  • Solar-Powered Gadgets: Create gadgets powered by solar energy.

What Can Children Do On Environment Day?

Educational activities.

  • Nature Walks: Go on a guided nature walk to learn about local plants and animals.
  • Storytime: Read books or stories about the environment and discuss their themes.
  • Eco-Friendly Crafts: Create crafts using recycled materials, like making bird feeders from plastic bottles.
  • Educational Games: Play games that teach about recycling, conservation, and wildlife.
  • Science Experiments: Conduct simple experiments, such as observing plant growth or testing water quality.

Conservation Activities

  • Tree Planting: Plant trees or flowers in the schoolyard or community.
  • Clean-Up Activities: Participate in clean-up events at parks, beaches, or local neighborhoods.
  • Garden Projects: Help start or maintain a school or community garden.
  • Recycling Drives: Collect recyclable materials like paper, plastic, and cans from home or school.
  • Wildlife Support: Make bird feeders, butterfly gardens, or insect hotels to support local wildlife.

Sustainable Living Activities

  • Waste Segregation: Learn and practice proper waste segregation at home and school.
  • Upcycling Projects: Turn old items into new, useful products, such as making tote bags from old T-shirts.
  • Energy Saving: Create posters or campaigns to promote energy-saving habits like turning off lights and electronics when not in use.
  • Water Conservation: Learn and practice ways to save water, like fixing leaky taps or using water-efficient methods in daily activities.
  • Reusable Crafts: Create reusable items such as cloth shopping bags or reusable snack wraps.

Advocacy and Awareness Activities

  • Poster Making: Create posters about environmental issues and display them around school or the community.
  • Public Speaking: Give short presentations or speeches about the importance of protecting the environment.
  • Social Media Campaigns: Create simple videos or posts to share on social media, spreading awareness about environmental issues.
  • Petitions: Help gather signatures for petitions related to environmental causes.
  • Eco Clubs: Join or start an eco-club at school to organize and participate in ongoing environmental projects.

Fun and Interactive Activities

  • Scavenger Hunts: Organize a scavenger hunt focusing on finding and identifying different types of plants, animals, and insects.
  • Recycled Art Shows: Host an art show featuring artwork made from recycled materials.
  • Green Pledges: Write and share personal pledges to adopt more environmentally friendly habits.
  • Nature Photography: Take photos of nature and create a gallery or slideshow to showcase the beauty of the environment.
  • Environmental Quiz: Participate in or organize an environmental quiz to test knowledge and learn new facts about the environment.

Collaborative Projects

  • Community Clean-Up: Work with friends, family, and community members to clean up local parks or neighborhoods.
  • Garden Exchange: Exchange plants or seeds with friends and neighbors to promote biodiversity.
  • Eco-Friendly Competitions: Compete in challenges like who can create the least amount of waste in a day or week.
  • Green Craft Workshops: Attend or host workshops where kids can learn to make eco-friendly crafts and products.
  • Educational Tours: Visit local farms, botanical gardens, or recycling centers to learn more about sustainable practices.

As we celebrate World Environment Day, let’s remember that each one of us has the power to make a difference. By getting involved in these World Environment Day project ideas, we can contribute to a healthier and more sustainable planet for future generations. So, gather your friends, unleash your creativity, and let’s work together to protect our precious environment. Happy World Environment Day!

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EPA Announces Almost $24 Million in Rebates for Clean School Buses Across Michigan as Part of Investing in America Agenda 

May 29, 2024

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced 28 school districts across Mi chigan will benefit from the 2023 Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, funded by President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. The program will help Mi chigan accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles and to replace existing school buses, which have been linked to asthma and other conditions that harm the health of students and surrounding communities.       

  • The Dearborn Academy has been selected to receive $ 1,035,000 in rebate funding to purchase three clean school buses.    
  • Kent IS D has been selected to receive $3,080,000 in rebate funding to purchase 15 clean school buses.   
  • Northville Public Schools has been selected to receive $2 00 ,000 in rebate funding to purchase one clean school bus.   
  • Cass City Public Schools has been selected to receive $690,000 in rebate funding to purchase two clean school buses.    
  • Kentwood Public Schools has been selected to receive $ 800,000 in rebate funding to purchase four clean school buses.    
  • Three Rivers Community Schools has been selected to receive $400,000 in rebate funding to purchase two clean school buse s.  
  • Riverview Community School District  has been selected to receive $ 50 ,000 in rebate funding to purchase two clean school buses.  
  • Ludington Area School District  has been selected to receive $ 1,200,000 in rebate funding to purchase six clean school buses.  
  • Pellston Public Schools has been selected to receive $ 2 00,000 in rebate funding to purchase one  clean school bus.  
  • Woodhaven-Brownstown School District  has been selected to receive $400,000 in rebate funding to purchase two clean school buses.  
  • Vanderbilt Area Schools  has been selected to receive $ 2 00,000 in rebate funding to purchase one clean school bus.  
  • Gwinn Area Community Schools has been selected to receive $35,000 in rebate funding to purchase one clean school bus.  
  • Brown City Community Schools  has been selected to receive $ 345 ,000 in rebate funding to purchase one clean school bus .  
  • Comstock Public Schools has been selected to receive $ 1,035,000  in rebate funding to purchase three  clean school buses.  
  • Troy School District  has been selected to receive $400,000 in rebate funding to purchase two clean school buses.  
  • Stockbridge Community Schools has been selected to receive $800,000 in rebate funding to purchase four clean school buses.  
  • Allen Park Public Schools  has been selected to receive  $1,040,000  in rebate funding to purchase five  clean school buses.  
  • Trenton Public Schools  has been selected to receive $ 2,000 ,000 in rebate funding to purchase 10  clean school buses.  
  • Traverse City Area Public Schools  has been selected to receive $ 2 00,000 in rebate funding to purchase one clean school bus.  
  • Southfield Public School District has been selected to receive $ 22 0,000 in rebate funding to purchase one clean school bus.  
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools has been selected to receive $800 ,000 in rebate funding to purchase four clean school buses.  
  • Lansing Public School District  has been selected to receive $1,725,000  in rebate funding to purchase five  clean school buses.  
  • Anchor Bay School District  has been selected to receive $ 6 00,000 in rebate funding to purchase three  clean school buses.  
  • Chippewa Valley Schools  has been selected to receive $ 4 00,000 in rebate funding to purchase two clean school buses.  
  • Saline Area Schools has been selected to receive $ 6 00,000 in rebate funding to purchase three  clean school buses.  
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools has been selected to receive $5,175,000 in rebate funding to purchase 15 clean school buses.  
  • Au Gres-Sims School District  has been selected to receive $ 345 ,000 in rebate funding to purchase one clean school bus.  

“President Biden believes every child deserves the opportunity to lead a healthy life and breathe clean air, and his Investing in America agenda is designed to deliver just that,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “ With today’s latest round of funding, we are transforming the nation’s school bus fleet to better protect our most precious cargo—our kids — saving school districts money, improving air quality, and bolstering American manufacturing all at the same time. ”  

“Today’s Clean School Bus announcement underscores EPA’s commitment to protecting both human health and the environment, especially for the most vulnerable among us,” said EPA Region 5 Administrator Debra Shore. “Thanks to the unprecedented funding made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, more students throughout the Great Lakes region will have access to cleaner, safer school transportation.”     

“The bipartisan infrastructure law I helped pass is incentivizing Michigan school districts to make the clean energy investments needed to protect our students and lower emissions ,” said Sen . Gary Peters. “I’m proud that this funding is coming to Michigan to help replace aging school buses with safer, cleaner models for our students who ride the bus to school.”   

“Diesel exhaust from school buses has a negative impact not only on our environment, but on the health of our children, teachers, bus drivers, and the surrounding communities,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell. “The Clean School Bus program is getting diesel buses off the roads, reducing our carbon emissions, and ensuring the air our children breathe on the way to school is cleaner and free from dangerous pollutants.”  

“Prior to the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Michigan had just 17 electric school buses," said EGLE Director Phil Roos . "I applaud the Biden Administration and our hardworking congressional delegation for investing in electric school buses, protecting our children, allowing schools to invest in the classroom, and helping us meet Michigan's ambitious climate goals. The EPA's Clean School Bus program and investments from Governor Gretchen Whitmer have accelerated Michigan’s transition to a clean energy future. Today, more than 200 clean-powered school buses are on the road or arriving soon in Michigan. Let’s keep working together to chart the future of clean energy while protecting the health and safety of our kids and communities.”  

In September 2023, the EPA  announced  the availability of at least $500 million for its 2023 Clean School Bus rebates. The rebate application period closed in February 2024 with an outstanding response from school districts across the country seeking to purchase electric and clean school buses. Given the overwhelming demand, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations and U.S. territories, EPA doubled the amount of available funding to nearly $1 billion .     

This third round of funding will build on the previous  almost $2 billion investment via the 2022 Rebates and 2023 Grants to further improve air quality in and around schools, reduce greenhouse gas pollution fueling the climate crisis, and help accelerate America’s leadership in developing the clean vehicles of the future.    

The selections announced today will provide funds to school districts in 47 states and Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. Prioritized school districts in low-income, rural, and Tribal communities make up approximately 45 percent of the selected projects and will receive approximately 67 percent of the total funding. The program delivers on President Biden’s  Justice40  Initiative, which aims to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution.     

The EPA is also partnering with the Joint Office of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.    

EPA is continuing to review selected applications and may make additional awards from this announcement. The Agency is working with those applicants and will notify them of an award if their application meets all program requirements. As additional selections are finalized , the EPA will update the CSB Awards webpage .    

EPA is currently accepting applications for the 2024 Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Pro gram unt il 11:59 PM ET on July 25, 2024 – with EPA offering up to $932 million in available grant funding and anticipates approximately 70% of the available funding to help pay for new, zero-emission Class 6 or 7 school buses.   EPA encourages school districts not selected for the 2023 CSB Rebate Program – and those that did not apply – to p articipate in currently open funding programs, and future CSB funding rounds.    

About the Clean School Bus Program   

The EPA Clean School Bus Program was created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which provides an unprecedented $5 billion of funding to transform the nation’s fleet of school buses. The Clean School Bus Program funds electric buses, which produce zero tailpipe emissions, as well as propane and compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which produce lower tailpipe emissions compared to their older diesel predecessors.    

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these older diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day.     

The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The Clean School Bus program will save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing existing buses with brand new zero-emission and clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.    

View the full list of Clean School Bus Program awards.    

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Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy , materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes , offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development .

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy , with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

A: Elektrostal is located approximately XX kilometers away from Moscow.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to several notable landmarks, including XXXX and XXXX.

Q: What industries are prominent in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal is known for its steel production industry and is also a center for engineering and manufacturing.

Q: Are there any universities or educational institutions in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to XXXX University and several other educational institutions.

Q: What are some popular outdoor activities in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal offers several outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and picnicking in its beautiful parks.

Q: Is Elektrostal well-connected in terms of transportation?

A: Yes, Elektrostal has good transportation links, including trains and buses, making it easily accessible from nearby cities.

Q: Are there any annual events or festivals in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including XXXX and XXXX.

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TRENTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that 11 New Jersey school districts will receive a total of $12 million in rebates to purchase clean school buses. This initiative is part of the 2023 Clean School Bus Program rebate competition.

The new buses will replace older, diesel-powered models that have been linked to health problems like asthma in students and surrounding communities. This shift to cleaner vehicles aligns with New Jersey's goal of reducing emissions and transition to zero-emission vehicles.

“Every child deserves clean air and a healthy life,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said. “This investment is part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda and will transform our nation’s school bus fleet. It protects our children, saves schools money, improves air quality, and boosts American manufacturing.”

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“These clean buses are a win for public health and the environment,” Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia said. “All children deserve to breathe clean air, whether they’re riding the bus or waiting at the stop.”

Gov. Phil Murphy expressed his gratitude to the Biden Administration for the historic investment.

“New Jersey, the most densely populated state, is committed to clean air for our students,” he said. “Replacing polluting buses will create a healthier environment for them and strengthen our public schools.”

The $12 million in rebates will provide almost 70 clean school buses for New Jersey districts.

The school districts slated to benefit around the Jersey Shore are:

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  • Toms River Regional School District has been selected to receive $600,000 in rebate funding to purchase 10 clean school buses.

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Here are five key insights into Mexico’s new president as people wonder whether she will diverge from Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s policies or focus on cementing his legacy.

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Claudia Sheinbaum’s list of accolades is long: She has a Ph.D in energy engineering, participated in a United Nations panel of climate scientists awarded a Nobel Peace Prize and governed the capital, one of the largest cities in the hemisphere.

On Sunday, she added another achievement to her résumé: becoming the first woman elected president of Mexico.

Ms. Sheinbaum, 61, captured at least 58 percent of the vote in a landmark election on Sunday that featured two women competing for the nation’s highest office — a groundbreaking contest in a country long known for a culture of machismo and rampant violence against women.

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“For the first time in 200 years of the republic, I will become the first female president of Mexico,” she said. “And as I have said on other occasions, I do not arrive alone. We all arrived, with our heroines who gave us our homeland, with our ancestors, our mothers, our daughters and our granddaughters.”

Now that she has clinched the presidency, Ms. Sheinbaum’s next hurdle will be stepping out of the shadow of her predecessor and longtime mentor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the outgoing president.

She and Mr. López Obrador are “different people,” she said in an interview. He’s an oilman who invested in environmentally questionable projects; she’s a climate scientist. Yet Ms. Sheinbaum has appealed to voters mainly by promising to cement his legacy, backing moves like his big bet on the national oil company and proposed constitutional changes that critics call antidemocratic.

Their alliance has also left many Mexicans asking: Can Ms. Sheinbaum be her own leader? Or will she just be his pawn?

“There’s this idea, because a lot of columnists say it, that I don’t have a personality,” Ms. Sheinbaum complained to reporters earlier this year. “That President Andrés Manuel López Obrador tells me what to do.”

She insists she will govern independently from Mr. López Obrador and has some different priorities. But veering too far from his agenda could be very risky.

Here are five things to know about the newly elected president of Mexico that help inform whether she will stray from Mr. López Obrador’s policies or dedicate herself to cementing his legacy.

1. Sheinbaum will inherit a host of challenges.

A former ballet dancer, Ms. Sheinbaum calls herself “obsessive” and “disciplined.” But discipline may not be enough, analysts say.

As president, she already stands to inherit a long list of troubles. The state-owned oil company is buckling under debt, migration through the country has reached historical highs and cartel violence continues to torment the country.

She has said she would continue Mr. López Obrador’s policy of addressing the drivers of violence instead of waging war on the criminal groups, but will also work to lower rates of impunity and build up the national guard.

With a U.S. presidential election just months away, she told The New York Times that she was prepared to work with whichever candidate wins. Publicly, she has echoed Mr. López Obrador’s emphasis on tackling migration by addressing its root causes.

In a hint of potential change, she said in a recent debate that she would seek to reform the c ountry’s migration authority , an agency often accused of corruption.

2. She’s seen as reserved, even aloof.

The Times spoke with two dozen people who have worked with or know Ms. Sheinbaum and also visited campaign events, reviewed her writings and her media appearances and interviewed her, once in 2020 and again this year.

What became clear is that Ms. Sheinbaum, (pronounced SHANE-balm), has long seemed more comfortable quietly getting things done than selling herself or her achievements.

The granddaughter of Jewish immigrants who fled Europe, she rarely discusses being Jewish or almost anything about her personal life, colleagues say. When interviewers ask her about the Nobel Prize she shared with a panel of climate researchers, she notes how many others were involved in the work.

She is known as a tough boss with a quick temper who can inspire in her staff fear and adoration at the same time. Publicly, though, her affect is so controlled it verges on aloof.

Some say her professorial demeanor could pose a challenge in a political landscape defined by Mr. López Obrador, who built his party into a juggernaut by relying on the force of his personality.

“She needs him,” said Carlos Heredia, a Mexican political analyst. “She doesn’t have the charisma, she doesn’t have the popularity, she doesn’t have the political stamina of her own, so she needs to borrow that from López Obrador.”

For some Mexicans, however, a thrills-free woman may be an ideal antidote to an entertaining man who plunged the country into partisan turmoil.

3. She’s long sought to keep Mr. López Obrador happy.

The candidate’s political career began when Mr. López Obrador was elected mayor of Mexico City in 2000 and invited her to a meeting at a diner. “What I want is to reduce pollution,” she recalled Mr. López Obrador telling her. “Do you know how to do that?”

Ms. Sheinbaum, who by then had written more than a dozen reports on energy use and carbon emissions, said yes. She became his environment minister. In meetings, she seemed willing to do almost anything to make her boss happy, according to several people who worked with her.

“The phrase she used over and over again was ‘The mayor said to,’” said Mr. Heredia, who worked with her in city government under Mr. López Obrador. What that meant, according to Mr. Heredia: “We are not a cabinet for giving ideas,” he said. “We are a group of people here to execute what he decides.”

In the years that followed, Ms. Sheinbaum straddled academia and politics, but she always stayed close to Mr. López Obrador. When he founded his Morena party in 2014, he asked her to run on the party’s ticket to become mayor of Tlalpan, a borough of Mexico City. With his backing, she won.

4. She is known for being a demanding boss.

In 2018, Mr. López Obrador was swept into the presidency in a landslide and Ms. Sheinbaum became Mexico City’s mayor. She quickly gained a reputation as an exacting boss.

“One doesn’t go to her meetings to tell her, ‘I’m working on it,’” said Soledad Aragón, a former member of Ms. Sheinbaum’s cabinet. When she walked into a room, Ms. Aragón said, everyone sat up straight.

As mayor, she could remember specific numbers mentioned in a meeting weeks after it occurred, Ms. Aragón said, calling her “brilliant” and “demanding,” especially of herself, adding: “It has gotten results.”

Five officials who have worked with Ms. Sheinbaum, who were not authorized to speak publicly, said that she was quick to anger at times and would yell at her subordinates in front of large groups. Through a spokesman, Ms. Sheinbaum declined to comment on the accusation.

Her defenders say some people merely reacted badly to a woman in charge.

“I know that in her government, sometimes people got offended or felt bad because she yelled at them,” said Marta Lamas, a longtime feminist activist who has been close to Ms. Sheinbaum and her team. “But if a man yells, it wouldn’t be an issue because culturally, it’s different.”

“People say it in a critical way: ‘She’s tough,’” Ms. Aragón said. “What do you want, someone soft in charge of the city?”

5. She is a true believer in Mr. López Obrador’s vision.

For years, Ms. Sheinbaum has tried to explain how she can be so in step with Mr. López Obrador while also being herself. The answer, she says, is simple: She genuinely believes in him.

In 2022, a radio host asked her a pointed question from a female listener: “Why don’t you choose to be a woman who governs with her own ideas? Why don’t you get out of AMLO’s circus?” she asked, using Mr. López Obrador’s nickname. “Why have the same rhetoric with the same words?”

Ms. Sheinbaum didn’t hesitate.

“If you think the same as another person, it’s not that you’re copying them; you just agree with the ideas,” she said. “You can’t deny what you believe.”

Emiliano Rodríguez Mega contributed reporting.

Natalie Kitroeff is the Mexico City bureau chief for The Times, leading coverage of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. More about Natalie Kitroeff

Properties of Urban Soils after Decontamination Measures on the Radioactively Contaminated Territory of the City of Elektrostal

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We studied the morphological properties, pH, organic carbon content, and specific activity of 137 Cs and natural radionuclides ( 40 K, 226 Ra, 232 Th) in the upper horizons of soils in deactivated and slightly damaged areas of the city. The studies were carried out in the urban ecosystems of the city of Elektrostal (Moscow oblast) in 2019, i.e., 6 years after local precipitation of 137 Cs due to a radiation incident. The morphological features of the upper horizons of urban soils were the following: brownish-gray color, light-loamy composition, and small-lumpy and lumpy structure, with inclusions of construction and household waste. In the upper horizons of urban quasizems and urban soils, a low carbon content (less than 1%) with high coefficients of variation were detected. In the studied urban soils, a wide range of water pH values was noted: from an acidic (4.6–5.5) to highly alkaline (>8.0) reaction. Correlation analysis showed that, in the upper horizons of UR, the content of organic carbon was reduced and alkalinization of the soil environment was observed. The accumulative type of distribution of 137 Cs was recorded for soil profiles of polluted urban ecosystems in which decontamination measures were not carried out. The profiles of urban soils that were subjected to decontamination revealed low values of the specific activity of 137 Cs in surface bulk layers and maxima in buried contaminated horizons. In the bulk horizons of UR, which include a large amount of crushed stone, there was an increase in the specific activity of 226 Ra. Some technogenic horizons of UR and TCH, consisting mainly of quartz sand, are characterized by very low values of specific activities 226 Ra and 40 K. Correlations of chemical and radiation indicators in the profiles of urban soils reflect the different compositions and properties of upper horizons formed as a result of excavation and decontamination work.

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$1.4 million empowers community health workers in NHPI communities

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A $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health was awarded to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine ( JABSOM ) in collaboration with the National Association of Pasifika Organizations ( NAOPO ) and Papa Ola Lōkahito, to train and support community health workers in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander ( NHPI ) communities. This funding is part of a broader initiative to address healthcare disparities and improve access to medical services in these underserved populations.

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Community health workers, often referred to as uncles and aunties, provide essential guidance and support that formal health professionals may not offer. Need help navigating WIC ? “Call Auntie; she can help you apply.” Hesitant about getting vaccinated? “Uncle got his shot; he’ll tell you what you need to know.” These trusted figures, despite their lack of formal training or Western education, have deep-rooted trust within their communities.

“When we’re talking about Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, we also have to consider our colonial history and the legacies attached to that. Oftentimes, that leads to a lot of mistrust,” said Tellie Matagi of Papa Ola Lōkahi, a community partner with JABSOM ’s Department of Native Hawaiian Health . “When we go into a situation we’re looking for that friendly face, someone who sounds like us, who looks like us, acts like us. We want someone we can go up to and say ‘auntie, here’s my problem, here’s my issue,’ and auntie will very kindly take you by the hand and say ‘let me walk you through this process.’”

“Peau o le Vasa” to address health disparities

Recognizing their importance, JABSOM , NAOPO and Papa Ola Lōkahi, launched the “Peau o le Vasa” project. This initiative, whose name means “the waves of the ocean” in Samoan, aims to develop a comprehensive curriculum for community health workers that incorporates language, culture and the environmental context of NHPI communities.

“This is an unprecedented partnership and project that brings together a diverse group of Pacific Islanders to address our shared health concerns in ways that are culturally meaningful as well as sustainable beyond the life of this funded project,” said Keaweʻaimoku Kaholokula, chair of Native Hawaiian Health at JABSOM and a co-principal investigator for Peau o le Vasa.

Through the efforts of community health workers, the project hopes to encourage NHPI community members to seek treatment for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease, to reduce the prevalence of these health disparities.

“It is those communities that have the largest disparities that suffer the most. So we are looking to address it in a way that changes that,” Matagi said.

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According to Sierra Club Iowa Chapter, almost 128 billion gallons of water were withdrawn from Iowa aquifers in 2022. They say adding a carbon capture process for the 31 Summit ethanol plants would require an additional 3.36 billion gallons of water to be withdrawn per year.

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“Summit is going to drain our aquifers.  Carbon capture and sequestration is all risk and no reward.  The pipelines threaten our safety, destroy our land, waste our water, squander our public money, and abuse eminent domain...” said Kim Junker, a Summit-impacted farmer in Grundy and Butler counties.

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Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar Alexis, who chose the monastery as his family church and often went on pilgrimage there and made lots of donations to it. Most of the monastery’s buildings date from this time. The monastery is heavily fortified with thick walls and six towers, the most impressive of which is the Krasny Tower which also serves as the eastern entrance. The monastery was closed in 1918 and only reopened in 1995. In 1998 Patriarch Alexius II took part in a service to return the relics of St Sabbas to the monastery. Today the monastery has the status of a stauropegic monastery, which is second in status to a lavra. In addition to being a working monastery, it also holds the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum.

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

Tsaritsa's Chambers

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

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The Palace of Tsar Alexis was built in the 1650s and is now one of the best surviving examples of non-religious architecture of that era. It was built especially for Tsar Alexis who often visited the monastery on religious pilgrimages. Its most striking feature is its pretty row of nine chimney spouts which resemble towers.

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