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Providing Smart, Sustainable Solutions for Education and the Environment

Thumbprint Endeavors (TE) offers a wide array of services related to enhancing educational facilities, Green Building and more. We are uniquely qualified to work with clients to improve teaching and learning as well as improved building performance. So, whether the concern is water and energy conservation and recycling or upgrading science classroom space, or both, Thumbprint Endeavors can create a workable plan and help with implementation.

In 1993, Dr. Ramey created Thumbprint Endeavors and consulted with several school districts with the goal of more effective science teaching and improving student learning. Following a thorough classroom assessment, she then developed teacher enhancement workshops focusing on increased understanding of Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) in science teaching and more relevant teaching strategies such as student-oriented projects and hands-on learning activities. This approach, combined with involvement of building principals led to improved science teaching self-efficacy and resulted in more effective science teaching and overall improvement in student engagement. Since that time, we have continued to work with a variety of schools, university campuses, churches and other types of businesses and organizations such as parks, science centers and museums.

Thinking More Broadly

Given her environmental science background and knowledge of construction, she has branched out to work into sustainability, particularly focused on healthy communities, neighborhood development and schools. This broad vantage point allows Linda to consult both inside facilities and outside the buildings. In addition to efforts stated above, she has been involved with developing community gardening projects, nature trails, outdoor play areas, as well as Safe Routes to School and Play efforts to help parents, teachers, and children to be more active and to promote better health.

Studies show that workers in well performing Green Buildings are more productive and have less absenteeism. But even the Greenest of buildings is greatly affected by the behaviors of occupants within its walls. TE partners with clients to educate workers, teachers, custodial staff and all building users about needed behavioral changes to create a culture shift that allows optimal building performance and improved occupant wellbeing.

And as leaner budgets demand more efficient use of resources -- both human capital and facility-wide -- the Thumbprint Endeavors team can assist help reduce costs by targeting conservation of water, energy and solid waste reduction, recycling, and increased reuse of viable materials. We believe the real key is the 4th R -- Rethinking. At TE, we are committed to helping organizations and people to rethink everyday behaviors and decisions and to adopt Greener, more efficient and cost effective strategies. Our approach is comprehensive and holistic -- our team provides a cohesive, coordinated step-by-step plan for Greening your Project. Our broad view of Sustainability permits TE to effectively enter a project in at any phase in the building cycle: Preplanning; Planning/ Design/Development; Construction; Existing Building Renovation; or to work with clients/staff to Green their existing Operations, thereby providing efficient, triple bottom line savings.

As you see, we view our role as assisting clients to view the picture from every angle to identify ways to improve performance, be that teaching and learning, employee and building performance. We collect needed data and information from stakeholders and provide a plan to create a seamless synergy of the parts to create a better functioning whole that creates an environment to better serve the people who work, learn, play and live in that facility.

Facilitate: As an example, we employ a highly collaborative approach when designing a Thumbprint Endeavors Plan for a facility with on-site reviews of existing practices, followed by stakeholder involvement. We observe, ask key questions, gather focus group and survey data, talk with teachers and students, staff and caregivers to hear their needs and concerns and to gain a comprehensive understanding of the existing circumstances.

Evaluate: Evaluation and analysis of the collected data, using a holistic approach provides insights about potential constraints while working toward optimal, effective solutions. We tailor your Thumbprint Endeavors Plan to your facility and your targeted goals, be that a shift in employee behaviors or workplace culture, improved productivity or enhanced teaching and learning. The final phase of your Thumbprint Endeavors Plan outlines specific Recommended Next Steps to provide additional guidance for stakeholders to garner buy-in to the operational and behavioral changes that need to be implemented. Using this coordinated, big-picture approach, everyone benefits, including communities and the environment.

Educate: At Thumbprint Endeavors, we Facilitate, Evaluate and partner to Educate with our Clients to incorporate sustainable practices that promote greater productivity, health and overall wellbeing in educational settings, workplaces, and in our everyday living. We also educate our clients as we co-develop and implement their Thumbprint Endeavors Plan and fully involve them every step of the way. At Thumbprint Endeavors, we are dedicated to building long-term, ongoing relationships with our Clients as they build a network of Partners in Sustainability.