Environmental Wellness is developing an awareness of the environment that surrounds you, and enhancing your relationship with it (www.osu.edu).

Taking an Active Role in Your Environmental Wellness

Engage in sustainable habits such as recycling, donating old items, reusing items, and taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint and conserve energy and water whenever possible. Increase your awareness of where your food and items come from, how they are sourced and how they are made. Spend time outside in nature.

Examples of Environmental Wellness Activities:

  • Weekly Wellness Walks 
  • Craft night to create home décor
  • Plant night with potting succulents and decorating pots 
  • Community Garden 

Environmental Wellness Inside the Classroom

Environmental Wellness is more than just sustainability and making smart decisions as it relates to the environment. The environments we create for students, both in and outside the classroom, have a major impact on their success. Teachers can build a wellness focused classroom and work, living, and social spaces for students by intentionally building relationships, vocalizing support for mental and physical health, and making conscious decisions as it relates to work and school projects.

Examples of Environmental Wellness Activities and Promotion inside the classroom: 

  • Host class outside when possible  
  • Only print documents when necessary 
  • Utilize LMS to give students handouts and assignments to complete virtually 
  • Virtual assignment submissions 
  • Utilize DocuSign for parent documents
  • Normalize self-care in the classroom – allow students to step out of class (restroom breaks, water refill, content is triggering or upsetting) – this normalizes leaving and does not stigmatize a student 

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