Green school news
- School districts reducing energy costs
- Farm to School programs are getting local food in cafeterias
- School offers paper-free handouts
- Ohio's first LEED Platinum certified single-family home is the final project of a high school program
Benefits of an eco-friendly school
So how do you begin the task? For most schools, the work is a combination of efforts that you can make with your own child (for example, encouraging him not to waste paper) and bigger efforts that you can mobilize other parents around (like planting a kitchen garden on school grounds to grow part of the cafeteria offerings). Keep reading for a practical list of tips to green your school from our parenting blogger Jenn Savedge.
Ways to green your school
Skip the supplies: Before you head to the store to buy new pencils, notepads, and binders for school, check to see what’s hiding in your desk drawer from last year. Borrow or rent equipment (like musical instruments or sports gear) that your child will only use a few times.
Ban bus idling: If your child rides a bus to school each day, he may be exposed to dangerous levels of pollution. Check out this post on the dangers of bus ilding and make sure your school has a policy in place to ban it.
Go paperless: Encourage your child as well as teachers and other school staff to go paperless whenever possible at school. Ask teachers if they will accept assignments turned in via email or on disk instead of on paper. School announcements and meeting minutes could be distributed via email. Daily lunch menus could be printed on a chalk or dry erase board.
Clean up: Does your school use a bucket load of chemical cleaners to clean and disinfect classrooms? If so, ask them to make a switch to eco-friendly cleaners that are better for the environment and non-toxic for the students, teachers, secretaries, and administrators, that spend their day there. Order the free Green Clean Schools guide from the Healthy Schools Campaign and hand it over to your school administrator.
For more: Read Jenn Savedge's post, '5 MORE ways to green your school.'
Our favorite green school links
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- Schools in Westchester form green coalition
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- University’s sustainability building goes green
- Cash for schools that are going green
- Green nontoxic lunch boxes
- High schoolers use cell phones to reduce carbon
- Southwestern's environmental studies program gets boost
- Michael Pollan's State of the Movement Address
- Raise funds for your child's school while raising her IQ
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