10 Apps & Tools for Green Schools

Schools are increasingly embracing environmental awareness, working to establish their green status through community-wide activities and initiatives. What better way to encourage this responsible citizenship than by encouraging green thinking through the use of these apps for green schools.

Green Schools Revolution: The Game

This game features a multi-pronged approach to make green living fun for students. Users will be able to take quizzes about their green knowledge, earn “green points” by conserving energy and water, beat the bunny to harvest carrots, and other activities meant to solidify conservation knowledge in a fun way.

Good Guide

Teach students about staying true to their green values by evaluating the products they and their families use at home. With this app, users can evaluate companies and products based on their health impact, social consciousness, and environmental impact. The website is easy to use, and the mobile app allows users to scan the bar code of a product to see its rating.  Customized preferences allow students and their families to evaluate their products based on what matters most to them.

inBloom / Locavore

Both of these apps focus on educating users about what food is grown and produced locally and in the current season, helping them to reduce their carbon footprint. This app has wide ranging possibilities for the classroom, as a tool to educate students about local farmers and crops as well as to discuss the importance of buying and eating local food.

One Small Act

The perfect app for school communities engaged in green projects, One Small Act helps users set small goals that make a big impact on the environment. This app can help small people see that their small acts have real impact, an important part of getting and keeping their interest in green living, as well as helping build a bridge between members of the school community.

My Garbology

This online game is deceptively simple but awesome. Users are asked to drag and drop the “waste” item into the appropriate bins, given choices ranging from trash to recycle to reuse to compost, and are then educated about the importance of that choice. When a student “recycles” a plastic bottle, for example, s/he will learn about how much oil it takes to produce the plastic and transport it to the stores that sell it. While this may not be a game that students want to continue to play, it is an excellent test of their understanding and way to learn even more.

Project Noah

This outstanding nature resource and database offers students a way to truly become one with nature. As they gather photos of insect and animal life, they can upload their findings to Project Noah’s extensive database, ask questions, or simply feel gratified that they are helping the scientific process.

Tesla Town

This app teaches about the electricity generation and delivery process, helping students understand what exactly the “power grid” is. The app also introduces alternative power sources, like solar, wind, and hydroelectric power.

EPA Student Portal

This online resource offers games and quizzes to students interested in environmental topics. It also offers excellent teacher resources and project ideas that may be a true treasure for finding ways to integrate green topics into an existing state curriculum or common core standard focused lessons.


This app creates a game out of sustainable living by allowing users to earn “achievements” through small but attainable green living goals. The app features embedded videos that help make small changes around the home or school that will offer energy savings and create a positive environmental impact. An added bonus: users can “play” with their Facebook friends, creating a positive but competitive environment surrounding conservation and green living.