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Seven Steps to a Greener School

  1. According to the EPA, 75% of the electricity used to power electronics is consumed when they are turned off. Have students take turns serving as a weekly Energy Monitor, making sure electronics are turned off and unplugged when not in use.
  2. Encourage your cafeteria to partner with local farms for fresh, organic food. Or start a school garden and grow the produce yourselves!
  3. Use natural cleaning products to fight the grime at your school, and stock bathrooms with natural hand soaps (no antibacterial). The eco-friendly options avoid harsh chemicals.
  4. Instead of print mailings and paper copies, utilize e-mail and other electronic forms of communication. Reduce your school’s trash with computer-based servers such as Moodle and Blackboard, where students can upload homework assignments, papers and quizzes.
  5. Talk to your district about restricting or banning bus idling, which will help cut back on pollutants. If your school has a lane designated for parents picking up children, enforce a no-idling rule there as well.
  6. Rather than using trash bins as catch-alls for cleaning out lockers and classrooms at the end of the school year, encourage students and faculty to collect items to reuse, donate or recycle.
  7. In the school library, set aside an area for green reading materials. Stock the shelves with local nature guides, kid-friendly resources on global warming and recycling, and books that promote responsibility for the planet.

For more ways to “green” your school visit MyHealthySchool.com, KIWI’s  resource for educators and parents.

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