For Educators and Students
GRC Spirit of Green School Awards Application Now Being Accepted
Recognizing Excellence in Recycling & Waste Reduction in Georgia
Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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"
Are you looking for a fun and creative way to increase school recycling participation in your community?
Open to all schools, the recycling competition kicks off this October. Registration is now open on the Recycle-Bowl website at http://recycle-bowl.org. The competition runs from Monday, October 20 through Saturday, November 15, culminating on America Recycles Day. Participating schools will track and report how much recyclable material they collect.
At the close of the four-week competition, the school in each state that collects the most recyclable material per capita will win bragging rights! A national champion will then be chosen from the top statewide winners to receive a recycled content park bench for their school.
For tools, tips, educational activities and promotional materials – check out the Recycle-Bowl website.
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.
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.
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.