Greening America’s Schools with Green Community Schools’ Jayni Chase

December 30, 2010

Jayni Chase, an environmental education ambassador, has spent the past 22 years greening America’s schools after being inspired by the birth of her first child. “Instead of trying to change the way people were doing things in their homes, I thought the best thing is to start with the kids — go to our schools,” Chase recalls. “I try to change the next generation, because they’ll affect future generations, and they’ll also affect the present.” As Chase’s children have grown, she has turned her focus to high schools in particular. She views the high school setting as the last “learning mode,” even for those going to college or trade school. Her initiative, Green Community Schools, helps to sway school communities to drive green change that lasts as students continue to cycle through the school system.