Standardize classroom garbage and recycling
If we want people to recycle correctly, we need to set up the garbage and recycling bins to encourage successful participation. Placing garbage and recycling bins next to each other (the “buddy system”) has been proven to improve recycling. Standardizing the look and placement of containers and signage can also help. Use the tool linked above to get started in standardizing your recycling and garbage setups in the classroom.
Audits: You can conduct energy and water audits to get baseline data on consumption, and you can also find ways to conserve. Please see the tools below.
One way to help your school determine how much energy is being wasting due to computers, monitors, copy machines and other equipment that are left on at night and on weekends is to do an electronics audit. Using this tool, you simply count how many machines have been left on and enter it into the spreadsheet and it automatically calculates the kWh and money being wasted and what the environmental impacts of this wasted energy add up to.
Involve your students in a water audit to determine how much water you are using, and to identify ways to conserve water.
This spreadsheet helps you document how much paper your school is using and can help you to document your success at reducing paper use.
This book is packed with games and activities for elementary to middle school aged kids.
guide gives your green team a checklist of things to look for in your efforts to green up your school environment.
Affinity Diagram for Green Teams
This is a list of all of the questions asked in the assessment form above. It provides green teams with a way to document their successes and identify areas for improvement.
Ideas for School Green Teams
This is a lengthy list of projects for your green team to consider undertaking.