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Raise waste reduction awareness at your school and in your community

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  • Back to school staff and student orientation includes information and training about waste reduction, recycling and composting programs on campus. 
  • Organize a campus "garbage pile" to show how much waste is generated in one week.  Publicize school waste reduction efforts on school or community websites 
  • Participate in EarthTeam's free waste audit program to engage a classroom of student in the examination of campus waste. 
  • Support students and families in conducting home waste audits to determine the amount and types of waste they generate. 
  • Students, teachers and/or parents develop and sign a personal waste reduction pledges that includes at least five actions they will take to reduce waste. 
  • Recognize and celebrates classes, clubs, custodians and/or other campus community members that have led waste reduction efforts. 
  • Mentor another school in the district or county to help them improve their waste reduction and recycling programs. 
  • Participate in StopWaste.Org’s free field trip program to your local transfer station
  • Help students calculate their personal or family "carbon footprint" to determine their contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Calculate the school’s “carbon footprint” to determine how much greenhouse gas emissions the school generates 
  • Help students maintain a database of waste audit data and/or other waste diversion information such as CRV redemption or e-waste collection. 
  • Students investigate waste reduction practices in other communities 
  • Encourage students to purchase “green” back to school supplies and to reuse old supplies. 
  • Students and staff eliminate unwanted newspaper subscriptions and junk mail. 
  • Students and staff members conduct personal waste audits to learn how much waste they generate in a week or month. 
  • Throughout the year, students and staff encourage and publicize waste reduction, recycling and composting at school and at home through signage, daily announcements, school newsletters and other means. 
  • Students help issue press releases to local media outlets about the schools waste reduction efforts 
  • Established a relationship with a sister school internationally with similar academic/environmental goals so students can be engaged with the global community 
  • Help students develop and implement surveys of parents and community members regarding waste reduction, recycling and composting at school and at home. 
  • Students create pamphlets for parents informing them about the environmental effects of waste reduction, recycling and composting. 
  • Students teach other students activities or lessons relating to waste reduction, recycling and composting 
  • Students perform skits, puppet shows, or other types of educational entertainment related to waste reduction, recycling and composting to other students or community members. 
  • Organize earth day events on campus or in the community 
  • Teachers participate in or provide staff development related to environmental education and waste reduction education (such as: resource conservation, composting in the classroom, etc) 
  • At least twice during the school year, students and staff monitor the school’s garbage, compost, and recycling volumes, then calculate the monthly recycling rate to figure out the volume of garbage generated per student 

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