National Green Week 2012 Kicks off Today!

Did you know that in 2010, Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash and recycled and composted nearly 85 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34% recycling rate?  That means 165 million tons of trash went to the landfill. Well, National Green Week 2012 kicks off today! What will you do to make a difference?

Schools across the country continuously make an impact by creating new and improved recycling programs at their schools.  Along with creating a recycling program, schools can research strategies to go paperless, encourage the use of reusable containers for snacks and lunches, or create a composting program.

Join the thousands of schools nationwide and create your own recycling program! All you have to do is following the basic steps below:

  1. Form a team
  2. Obtain management support
  3. Identify a local hauler for your recyclables
  4. Analyze your waste
  5. Set waste-reduction goals
  6. Organize the recycling collection in your school
  7. Obtain or create collection containers
  8. Make considerations and plan for improvements

Learn more about each of these steps on the National Green Week Eco-Challenge site! There are many other activities and challenges that you can take part in during National Green Week 2012!  These range from teaching Green Energy Challenge lessons, conducting school energy audits, joining the waste-free snack challenge, or taking part in the Adopt-a-Plant project for your classroom program.

During National Green Week, make sure to submit materials for a Green-In-Action award.  These awards are granted to schools, classes, or groups of garden keepers who take part in green initiatives.  Send in photos, videos, or artwork describing your environmental project, weigh-in, activity, community service projects, or green team programs.  Winning schools will receive green packs and a feature on GEF’s website.

So what are you waiting for? Plan your National Green Week today and make a difference!

About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

Mission Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability Education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions. Visit to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.
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