Greening your classroom doesn't have to mean more work for you. In fact, these simple steps may save you class preparation time and have the added benefit of helping Temple achieve its climate action goals.
Before You Enter the Classroom
The beginning of the semester is always hectic. Save yourself some stress by taking these quick steps that save you time over the course of the semester and reduce the use of unnecessary paper.
- Format syllabi to include to have margins of 0.5" on each side or use the "Narrow" margins default in Word 2007.
Take full advantage of Blackboard, including:
- Posting syllabi and other handouts;
- Link to publications and media available on the web; and,
- Post scanned selections from books.
(If you have trouble using Blackboard, try using the "User Manual", which is located in the Tools section on the left hand side tool bar in your Blackboard page. There is a search function within the User Manual so you can find exactly what you're looking for.)
- Encourage students to buy recycled books (formerly known as "Used" books);
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room or classroom;
- Turn off electrical appliances when they are not in use (e.g. the computer monitor can be shut off during a discussion that follows a PowerPoint presentation);
- Use power-saving settings when tools are equipped with them;
- Teach by natural light if possible;
- Encourage students to use the recycling containers around the campus; and,
- Allow students to take class notes on laptops (students can purchase used computers through the Computer Recycling Center).
Assignments and Grading
- Remind students that they can use PDF annotation to take notes on the electronic readings (Skim for Mac; Blackboard Backpack for PC);
- Use Blackboard to post assignments, send an email notice to the class, collect and return assignments and to post grades;
- Require electronic submission of work or that assignments be turned in double sided with 1.5 spacing;
- Respond to written work using the Word tool "track changes," which allows you to insert changes in the text and to write in the margins, as well as summary comments. An extra bonus of this feature is that all your notations will be legible; and,
- Allow the students to use wikis or Google tools for collaborative projects.
If you have more suggestions for ways to green your course, please share them with the Office of Sustainability by emailing Kathleen Grady at firstname.lastname@example.org.