- 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.
- Encourage your cafeteria to partner with local farms for fresh, organic food. Or start a school garden and grow the produce yourselves!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.