For Educators and Students
Education is one of the most important tools we can use to reduce waste. There are many classroom resources on the internet that cover recycling and waste management and other environmental topics. Visit the links in the Educators and Students sections below for more information.
Our state school recycling guide called "Catch the Cycle"
RecycleBowl is a fun, fair and friendly competition among grade schools in the US; the program is in its 2nd year and is associated with America Recycles Day, both being Keep America Beautiful programs. The competition awards cash prizes and bragging rights plus providing teaching moments, and engaging students in taking action in recycling. Public, private and charter schools are eligible; in 2012, the competition includes bottles, cans and paper and lasts for 4 weeks from October 15-November 9. The culmination is on November 15th and reports are due back on December 10th; registration and reporting are all done online via the Re-TRAC system with full instructions provide on the website. The first 1000 schools that register get the coordinator toolkit, so time is of the essence in getting the word out to educators to register early: http://recycle-bowl.org . Registration is now open and must be accomplished by October 9th.
So, notify your schools and school systems to get them started registering; we want Georgia schools to be well represented and to win!!! The Race is On!
The Online Guide to Environmental Education (EE) in Georgia (www.EEinGeorgia.org) includes a directory of over 300 organizations that offer EE resources to Georgia educators. A searchable resource database allows you to locate the grants, contests, outreach programs, curricula, field studies, etc. available from these organizations and others. In addition the statewide calendar includes upcoming EE professional learning workshops, conferences, and symposia. Check out the new EE School Directory and discover the many projects and programs taking place at schools across the state. If your school is a model for EE, consider showcasing your efforts by creating a profile in the directory as well! Plus be sure to subscribe to the free EEinGeorgia monthly E-newsletter to keep up with new EE resources and opportunities posted to the site.
Georgia Green & Healthy Schools (www.greenandhealthy.org) is a collaborative initiative with a mission to assist and support schools in understanding and practicing environmentally sound principles. To participate, students and teachers use assessment tools to conduct school-based investigations on one or more of the six assessment areas (air, energy, facility management, school grounds, solid waste, and water). Results of this program include cost-saving measures that can save schools thousands of dollars a year in energy, water, maintenance, and other costs. The collaborative nature of this program creates a dynamic and more productive learning environment for the students, while fostering a personal investment in the environment. All public and private/independent schools (grades K-12) in Georgia are invited to participate.
Visit the US EPA’s Eco-Portal for Teachers for access to databases, information, and activities for your students.
The Carbon Dioxide Game is a fun, active way to explain the greenhouse effect and human contribution to global climate change. The game can be played with groups of up to 30 students age 10 and older.
Green Teacher is a magazine that is used by many teachers to help enhance environmental programs in their classrooms. Green Teacher provides education for Planet Earth.
Check out the U.S. Green Building Council's High Performance & Healthy Schools Program to increase the health of students, reduce school operational costs, and improve our environment.
Do you have a recycling program in your school? Have you ever wanted to learn more about how you can reduce waste? Start by checking out the EcoKids website!
Earth911 makes every day earth day! Check it out for environmental games, activities, and information.
Make your own recycled paper! Find the instructions here.