Student Support & Eco Clubs

Student Support & Eco Clubs

Begin an environmental action project, start an Eco Club or certify your existing Eco Club.

Project Support

Are you a middle or high school student in LA County? Generation Earth is here to support you in any way we can. Contact us at generationearth@treepeople.org to let us know you are interested in starting a project and we will connect you with the tools and resources you need to begin. We are excited to work with you!

Register Your Eco Club

The Generation Earth Eco Club Certification Program is designed to help students lower their school’s environmental footprint and set a positive example for their peers by demonstrating leadership, initiative and sustainable thinking. 

Have your Eco Club’s teacher advisor register your club with Generation Earth. Once you have completed a project, your Eco Club will receive an official certification and join a network of clubs with access to resources and continued support from Generation Earth. Stay informed about events, ways to stay involved and tips on implementing impactful environmental projects.

Start an Eco Club

If your school doesn’t have an environmental/green/eco club, you can start one! Starting an Eco Club is a great way to get other students energized about taking care of the environment, allowing students to learn about some of the most important issues facing the planet today and encouraging students to tackle meaningful environmental activities and projects. If you are interested in starting an eco club at your school, check out the steps below.

  1. Enlist Club Members
    1. Advertise your club around your school with posters, articles in the school paper and announcements.
    2. Find ways for club members to earn community service/volunteer hours by engaging in club activities.
    3. Host a “Bring a friend meeting” with light refreshments. Include a brief orientation/ice breaker.
    4. Offer a prize to the member that recruits the most new members.
    5. Invite successful professionals in your community as guest speakers and invite students to attend. Make a pitch for membership.
  2. Creating a club structure
    1. President
    2. Vice President
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer
    5. Social Media Coordinator
    6. Project Coordinator
    7. Historian
  3. Get an Advisor
    1. Find a teacher/staff member on your campus who will provide support and guidance. The best way to approach them is by simply asking them!
    2. Present them with a list of goals for your club as well as a list of the officers so they know what they will be supporting.
  4. Establish Your Club on Campus
    1. Find out if your school has a procedure to create a new club on campus. 
    2. If they do, learn what steps you would need to follow to have your club recognized by the school.
    3. This is a great opportunity for the new officers to work together to create bylaws, if needed, and to define what each role will be responsible for.
  5. Conduct Meetings
    1. Choose a name for your club.
    2. Hold meetings at the same day/time each week
    3. Have a clear agenda
    4. Highlight upcoming events and opportunities
    5. Design a logo for your club. 
      1. Consider putting it on t-shirts which can help unite your members and advertise at the same time. 
  6. Sample Club Meeting Agenda
    1. Call meeting to order
    2. Ice Breaker
    3. Review of past events
    4. Reports: Treasurer, Social Media, Project Coordinator
    5. Upcoming Events
    6. Adjournment
  7. Choose a project toolkit from this LINK
  8. Register your Eco-Club with Generation Earth!
    1. Click the link below to register and we’ll be in touch with you.
  9. Get to work
    1. Complete projects with your new club
    2. Make a difference at your school and in your community
  10. Share your accomplishments
    1. Getting to share all of the progress that has been made is a great way to recruit new members, but also a good way to showcase the kinds of actions your club is working on.
    2. Social Media is a good way to keep your peers engaged and informed. (Before creating a social media page, double check to see if your school has a policy about clubs and the use of media.)
    3. Creating newsletters and having updates at meetings will serve as an avenue to share with people what the club has been up to.