Our Goals

To reduce energy costs through improved efficiency
To minimize waste and promote recycling
To strengthen green school policies
To maximize student potential through healthy learning environments

Our projects

The Palmetto Green Schools Initiative works with the U.S. Green Building Council-South Carolina Chapter on these projects:
South Carolina Green Schools Caucus
South Carolina Mayors Alliance for Green Schools
Weatherization projects for low-income schools
Green Apple Day of Service

The Palmetto Green Schools Initiative also raises awareness of South Carolina Energy Office energy efficiency financing for schools.

Who We Are

In 2011, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and Conservation Voters of South Carolina Education Fund launched the Palmetto Green Schools Initiative. This program encourages and supports educators, students, civic leaders, and facility managers to embrace natural resource and energy conservation in South Carolina schools. The Palmetto Green Schools Initiative and the South Carolina Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council support the Green Schools Caucus in the South Carolina General Assembly. The Palmetto Green Schools Initiative also helps host the Green Apple Day of Service and leads weatherization events in rural South Carolina schools. Through these efforts, the Palmetto Green Schools Initiative brings state and district-level officials together with other non-profits to bring about positive change in South Carolina schools and communities.