[semester equivalent = 2.00 credits]



Peter Chausse



Discover dozens of ways to involve your students in fun, environmentally sustainable and earth-friendly projects. You will learn how to tie their learning in these areas to academic subjects.
Learn how to create native plant gardens, water and energy conservation programs, recycling and composting stations and functional, as well as earth-friendly eco-roofs.
In addition, low energy transportation options will be discussed, including bicycling and public transportation. Learn about community-based art projects to beautify schools and your neighborhoods. 

The Co-Instructor for this course is Christopher Naze, M.Ed.



LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  1. About transportation alternatives, and how to create successful “Walk or Bike to School” Programs.
  2. How to develop successful reduce, reuse, recycle programs that are fun, effective and educational.
  3. How to create earth friendly gardens, compost sites, and landscapes that encourage students to take an active role in their creation and maintenance.
  4. How to turn asphalt wastelands into productive food garden resources by de-paving and replanting.
  5. How to incorporate energy and water reduction programs in schools.
  6. More about alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar energy.
  7. How to create earth-friendly structures, such as cob benches, bioswales and eco-roofs.
  8. How to organize environmentally friendly, community based art projects that can beautify school buildings, school grounds, and local neighborhoods.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit.  The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit. 


Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



  • The handout information packet that is purchased from the instructor.
  • Two books of your choice, or similar texts, from the bibliography provided.

None. All reading is online.


• The handout information packet that is purchased from the instructor. • Two books of your choice, or similar texts, from the bibliography provided.


Peter Chausse, B.S. is a former elementary school teacher, who has specialized in teaching his students about trees, plants, urban parks and natural areas.

Before beginning his teaching career, Peter earned a degree in Forestry from the University of Maine. His training included coursework in Dendrology (tree identification), Forest Management and wood product usage.

In the early 1980's, Peter worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the state of Washington, where he focused on tree identification and scientific observations. Since 1994, Peter has taught a course through The Heritage Institute titled, ‘Studying Portland’s Trees’ During the course, participants learn how to recognize several dozen tree species as they explore Portland’s parks and historic neighborhoods on foot. Ideas for the integration of tree study with math, art, science, literature, writing and social studies activities are presented and discussed.

Peter has had a lifelong love of trees, and is eager to help you acquire more tree knowledge. He is also dedicated to helping you bring this information to your students in fun and meaningful ways.  



Bartlett, Peggy F. & Geoffrey Chase. “Sustainability on Campus: Stories& Strategies for Change.” 2004. This book outlines a variety of sustainable practices that have been successfully initiated on high school and college campuses. Methods of implementation, materials, student input and costs are documented.

Bridgett, Leslie. “A Guide to Green School Success: A Maryland Initiative.”  2006.

In this book, a variety of elementary school projects are discussed, including birdhouse design and wetlands reclamation, recycling, green building and other pertinent concepts.

Clark, Snell & Tim Callahan. “Building Green: A Complete How to Guide to Alternative Building Methods: Earth, Plaster, Straw, Bale, Cordwood, Cob and Living Roofs.” 2005

This is an excellent guide for developing school, home, neighborhood and community based earth friendly building projects. Ideas are discussed for obtaining materials, and working in groups to complete projects.

Dunnet, Nigel & Andy Clayden. Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainability in the Garden and Designed Landscape 2007. This book discussed storm water planters, bioswales, green roofs, rainwater harvesting and other related topics.

Flores, Heather Coburn. “Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and your Neighborhood Into a Community.” 2006. Chelsea Green Publishing.  White River Junction, Vermont

Activist and urban planner Heather Flores shares her nine step plan to help readers build fertile soil, raise their own food, promote biodiversity, and increase natural habitat. Lawns give way to gardens which help build stronger schools, neighborhoods and communities.

Harlow, Rose & Sally Morgan. “Garbage & Recycling. Young Discoverers: Environmental Facts & Experiments”. 2001.  This book is filled with activities and experiments to promote environmental science. Ideas are discussed for sorting garbage and recycling, for building compost heaps and other environmentally sustainable practices.

Sales, M.G. F., C. Delerue-Matos, and I.B. Martins. “A Waste Management School Approach Towards Sustainability.” 2006.  This book focuses on sustainable resource management and environmental efficiency.

School Recycling Programs. A Handbook for Educators: Plastic Comb

This book chronicles successful school recycling programs throughout the United States. Ideas for establishing and maintaining effective school wide programs are discussed.

Sobel, David, James Tylor & The Center for Ecoliteracy. “Place Based Education: Connecting Classrooms & Communities.” 2004. The Orion Society. Great Barrington, MA.

Place based education is the process of using the local community and the environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, math, social studies and science. This book emphasizes real world learning experiences that are based on environmental improvements, both at school, and in the community.

Stacey, Eric G. “A Passion for Sustainability: What Makes Portland, Oregon the Most Sustainable City in the U.S.”  2008.  DVD 

This video explains how businesses in Portland, Oregon have adapted sustainable practices, making Portland, the most sustainable city in America.



Thompson, William J. ‘Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors.”  2007. Island Press.   This book discusses ways to make sites healthy by providing appropriate soils, and landscape designs. Ideas can be modified for school, home and community projects.

Timpson, William M., Brian Dunbar, Gailmarie Kimmel, Brett Bruyere, Peter Newman and Hillary Mizia. “147 Tips for teaching Sustainability: Connecting the Environment, Economy & Society.” 2006. Atwood Publishing.

Easy to implement ideas for making students aware of their environment, as they study their local community, their lifestyles, and the products they use. Recycling, compost and more are discussed.

Weismann, Adam & Katy Bryce “Building with Cob: A Step by Step Guide” 2006

Step by step instructions for creating cob structures, and advice on how to construct cob benches, and other hands-on projects appropriate for school and home.


This website features videos outlining a rationale for community based environmental projects, and ideas for “placemaking sites.” The website outlines a rationale for sustainable projects that repair school grounds, neighborhoods and communities

This website explains the benefits of de-paving asphalt areas and replacing them with vegetable gardens, water gardens and other environmentally friendly projects. 

This exceptional website explains the concept of sustainability, and outlines educational programs, including sustainable projects at schools.

This website is a link to educational curriculum for teachers and brings global thinking to students with ideas that can be implemented at the local and community levels. Lessons are discussed which focus on recycling, reduction of resources, sustainable practices, and other pertinent topics.

Portland State University has been acclaimed as one of the country’s greenest schools. This website outlines their practices for recycling, green building projects, and long term planning. Many of the ideas discussed can be implemented at schools anywhere in the nation.

This easy to negotiate website outlines a step-by-step process for developing an effective recycling program at your school.

This website looks at the idea of combining recycling campaigns with fund raising efforts, by looking at ways to market decals, T-shirts and other items that promote recycling, energy conservation and sustainability.



This website outlines ideas for school recycling, composting and energy conservation programs. Step by step ideas help you get started on effective sustainable programs that are easy to establish and maintain.

This website provides information about natural building organizations that can provide help in creating benches, sheds and even homes made of cob, earth and other materials. Suggestions for the acquisition of materials and advice on how to create these earth friendly structures for schools and neighborhoods is discussed.

This website focuses on the process of mixing cob and creating cob structures. The process is safe, fun for all members of the family, and earth friendly.  Information about cob workshops and links to cob builders in a variety of locations is provided.

This website enables you to learn more about how to implement strategies in a variety of areas, from teachers who have successfully implemented programs with students.