Get ready! National Green Week 2012 is only a week away! For those of you who don’t know, National Green Week is the largest waste reduction campaign in history for K-12 schools nationwide. This year’s event will be kicking off on February 6, 2012, but classrooms across the country can choose any week to be their green week between Feb. 6 and Earth Day (April 22, 2012).
GEF has already grasped the engagement of almost 5,000 schools, reaching nearly six million students for National Green Week 2012, and it’s not too late to join the movement! Each year, the participation and results of the event continue to increase. Last year’s National Green Week resulted in 100,000 pounds of saved trashed and tens of thousands of dollars saved in utility bills, and this year is on track to be even more successful.
Did you know that according to USA Today, every American generates 3.5 pounds of trash each day? Together we can make a difference and divert more of that trash away from the landfill and into recycling bins! Show your support by taking part in the Waste Free Snacks Challenge. Over the next few months, students nationwide will pledge to bring their snacks in reusable containers and weigh the difference in the amount of trash generated, which will allow them to see the power of collective behavior change.
Victoria Waters, CEO of GEF believes this sustainability movement has power and can result in long lasting behavior changes: “By participating in National Green Week 2012, students will learn that simple decisions such as turning off lights, adjusting thermostats, and packing drinks and snacks in reusable containers can add up to big savings in energy and waste. These sustainable habits can last a lifetime.”
U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan also supports the educational advancement toward a sustainable future. He states that “education and sustainability are the keys to our economic future—and our ecological future.” GEF enables individuals to take part in this changing world by providing schools and educator’s with standard-based lessons for National Green Week.
Join the ride and become a member today!To find out more about National Green Week and the resources and tools that accompany the program, visit GEF’s website. To participate, simply register for free as a GEF member and select National Green Week.