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Schools can sponsor environmental groups or clubs,
with adult-led activities such as:  

 
Start an Ecology Club
Conduct an Environmental Audit
Help with neighborhood and community cleanups
Work on garden projects
Work on fundraisers to purchase trees for local tree plantings
Assist with invasive species removal events
Promote recycling and hold recycling drives
Clean up and enhance area parks and greenbelts
Sponsor environmental essay competitions
Hold environmental awareness-raising events
Help your school save money
 


Kids in school library
 


Kids talking things over

Ecology Club - Start a club for students interested in environmental issues.  We prepared some ideas for you to help get you started.  Existing environmental clubs may also find suggestions to assist in their projects.

Cash for Reusable Resources
Collection of empty inkjet cartridges from computer printers is one way to raise funds while helping the environment. 
 It's estimated that around 200 million empty cartridges are thrown into the trash and end up in landfills each year.  Have an on-going drive for collecting these valuable reusable resources.  Click into InkBank and let them help you turn computer trash into cash. 

Promote recycling and hold recycling drives
You can check with your area garbage / disposal services and computer -related stores to see what programs and services they offer for recycling.  Look through our recycling links and familiarize yourself with the subject.  Most everything is recyclable in some way.

Whether you earn money by recycling or not, you will be performing a valuable service by helping to keep hazardous materials and items that can be recycled out of our landfills and the environment.

The Green Squad - Kids taking action for greener, healthier schools
Take an online school tour and mouse over items to see if the "Enviro-Meter" will alert you to a problem.  There is even a printable Progress Report to help you track problems as they occur. Then take a tour of your own school and see if there are any problems you can discover.

Alliance to Save Energy - "Reducing energy use is an effective way to help cash-strapped schools funnel more money into the classroom instead of the local utility."  Links are provided to Green Schools Program and other resources to save energy at school.

Kids Recycle!  Tools for Zero Waste Schools (K-12 and college campuses)
Information and resources for kids and for teachers (see links on left side of page).

School Environmental Assessments are Saving Schools Money
Many schools have realized significant savings in energy costs by analyzing their energy consumption and finding ways to reduce power usage and utilize sustainable alternative sources of energy.   Replacing styrofoam cups with alternative products, and putting in energy-consuming lighting are some of the ways schools have saved money.  (look through links for Energy Checkups, or your local power company may have an energy-audit program that could be helpful).

Environmental Audit for Schools - Guide and suggestions for creating and conducting an environmental audit for your school (opens in a Word document).  Includes step-by-step instructions.  Your school/teacher may want to use this as a class or ecology club project.  A creative problem solving approach could be used in the development and solution process. (Provided by Australian Government's ReefEd site)

Crunching numbers to find ways to save money

See if you can come up with some ideas for saving money, or suggestions for changing to products that are more earth-friendly.

Environmental Education and Mentoring Programs
Schools could enlist assistance from area environmental scientists who are willing to come and speak to the total school body or community forums to discuss local environmental issues.  Possibly environmental scientists could serve as school or class mentors.  You might inquire at your local universities and colleges, or governmental environmental agencies for assistance in this area.

Student Participation in Local Government
With adult and teacher guidance, important areas where young people can learn what's going on locally and have a voice in community affairs are in attending county and city boards of supervisors meetings when environmental issues are on the agenda.  Also, student groups can write formal letters of request to these governing bodies to have local environmental issues placed on agendas. Student groups can request being placed on the agenda to present their concerns about local problems and their ideas for solutions towards reducing or alleviating local environmental hazards and damage. They can request more bike paths for safety purposes and to reduce automobile use. They can promote sustainable communities and good planning for development.  If your city and county do not have "environmental councils," students could work towards helping establish them and having youth represented as council members.

As young people become more knowledgeable about global and national issues, they can track voting records of their government representatives and discuss this information with parents and voting members of their households.

What you can do at school to help the environment
Suggestions for fostering respect for the environment and ideas to help save biodiversity.  (Conservation International)

 


 


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