Achievements by Green Our Planet since March 2013
Since the program began in March 2013, Green Our Planet has raised over $5,000,000 with donations from corporations as well as donations from individuals in the community and grants to build Outdoor Garden Classrooms in schools across southern Nevada.
Green Our Planet has installed more than 260 outdoor gardens and indoor hydroponic gardens in Nevada and five other states. According to Life Lab of California, a national leader in the garden-based learning movement, Green Our Planet’s program is one of the fastest growing school garden programs in the United States. It now runs the largest school garden program in America.
Number of Students Impacted
More than 130,000 students attend schools with Green Our Planet gardens.
Creation of Nevada’s First Garden STEM Curriculum to Next Generation Science Standards
Green Our Planet, with partner Three Square, was chosen from 400 applicants to receive an American Honda Foundation grant in February, 2014. With this grant, Green Our Planet created the first Pre-K-5 garden curriculum for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in Nevada. The curriculum—designed by teachers for teachers—is aligned to Nevada State and Next Generation Science Standards and is now being taught in all elementary schools with outdoor garden classrooms. In late 2015, the curriculum was revised after incorporating teacher feedback, was expanded to include PreK and is now in its 3rd edition.
Creation of Nevada’s First K-5 School Hydroponics Program
In partnership with the local nonprofit, Los Vaqueros, and sponsored by the Jameson Foundation and the Marty and Owen Carver Foundation, Green Our Planet created Nevada's first K-5 school garden hydroponics program, which now impacts more than 3,500 students and is operating across Nevada and in five other states, including Alaska. As part of the program, Green Our Planet also created a K-5 STEM hydroponics curriculum--Nevada's first.
Partnership with Desert Oasis to Create Curriculum for Special Needs Students
In 2015, Green Our Planet secured funding for Jennifer Davis, a special education teacher at Desert Oasis High School, to create a new curriculum to train special needs students in vocations related to gardening so they can find employment after graduating high school at a nursery or in landscaping. This curriculum is aligned to Nevada State Standards and became available in 2015. It can be used by middle and high school teachers throughout Nevada.
Chef to School Program
Green Our Planet has created the largest Chef to School Program in the Unites States, with professional chefs from over 60 different restaurants volunteering to provide cooking demonstrations for students using vegetables from their school gardens.
Farmers Markets /Farmpreneur Program
Green Our Planet launched the first farmers market at an elementary school in Nevada at John S. Park Elementary School in November 2013. In the fall of 2014, Green Our Planet created the Farmpreneur Program, which teaches fifth-grade students how to create and run their own farmers markets. Since the program’s launch, more than 100 Las Vegas schools have organized over 400 student-run farmers markets for their schools. During the 2018-2019 school year, Green Our Planet helped organize more than 200 student-run farmers markets.
First School Garden Conference
Green Our Planet hosted Las Vegas’s first school garden conference on March 20, 2014. Now in its sixth year, the conference attracts more than 400 teachers and principals who share best practices from across the region.
Corporate Partners for Schools
Green Our Planet has partnered schools with over 70 corporations and foundations to help fund school gardens. Among the school garden sponsors are Control Power Concepts, NV Energy, KJS Family Foundation, JBA Consulting Engineers, the Cosmopolitan, Wynn Resorts, Sands Corporation, the Consumer Electronics Association, Pardee Homes, Norgren Engineering, Santa Fe Casino, Mentors Foundation, CVS, Diamond Resorts, Walmart, Zappos, Lowes, Downtown Project, Innevation, Jamba Juice, Honey Salt Restaurant, Logistical Solutions and Whole Foods.
First Summer Garden Program
In June 2015, Green Our Planet helped secure the sponsorship for Crestwood Elementary School to create the first summer garden camp in the CCSD. Forty students from Crestwood participated in the program for the month of June from 7am to 1pm. Students studied science, math and art in their school garden and prepared their lunches with food from the garden each day. Curriculum was also created for the program so other schools could run similar garden camps.
First School Garden Impact Survey
In 2015, Green Our Planet partnered with the University of Nevada Las Vegas Health Sciences Department and the CCSD to conduct a school garden impact survey among schools with Outdoor Garden Classrooms. The survey was completed in September 2015. This is the first survey of its kind since 2002. The results of the survey can be found here.
Green Our Planet has created three different, 15-hour, PDE STEM teacher trainings: STEM 101; STEM 102 and Hydroponics 101. Since 2014, Green Our Planet has trained more than 2500 CCSD teachers how to teach STEM standards experientially in their school gardens or with hydroponic systems.
Water Conservation at Schools
In a joint partnership with the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Green Our Planet has helped schools remove water-intensive lawns and replace them with vegetable gardens, saving the Clark County School District more than 20 million gallons of water each year.
STEMworks Accredation (2019)
In 2019, Green Our Planet's Outdoor Garden Classroom STEM Program and Hydroponics STEM Program were evaluated by the national organization STEMWORKS, which conducts rigorous evaluations of STEM programming before recommending such programs to governments, school districts, etc. In 2019, Green Our Planet's garden programs became the first school garden programs in the United States to be accredited by STEMworks.