ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS
NRRA Workshops are designed for use in standard classroom settings and most can be tailored to fit the curriculum and developmental needs of any class, grades K-12. Workshops are also a great staff development tool and work great as the focus of a Green Team meeting or Recycling Club after-school event.
Workshops are generally 50 minutes long, but can be shortened or lengthened to fit any classroom period. As much as possible, the programs are experiential and hands-on in nature, and The NRRA School Recycling CLUB staff can assist with identifying curriculum standards that each program meets.
NRRA school technical assistance programs are designed to work at a larger, school-wide level and focus on big picture problems and solutions. Because of the nature of these programs, they tend to take more time and work best when as many stakeholders at the school as possible participate. At lower grade levels, these programs are often organized by teachers and staff, but in upper grade levels, we encourage students to take the leading role as a truly service learning leadership opportunity at their school.
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CLASSROOM WORKSHOPS (6)
HEALTHY HOME, CLEAN WATERS
Participants investigate household toxins, primarily cleaning chemicals. They learn how to identify toxic products, why it matters to human health and the environment, how to safely dispose of toxics and how to make or find safer alternatives in the market place. Appropriate for all ages, hands-on activities vary according to group. All participants receive recipe books for making non-toxic products from common, inexpensive items.
WASTE = GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
This workshop connects waste and global climate change and is followed by a Q&A session. A group break-out session explores and evaluates the school using a waste-focused “School Sustainability Scorecard.” Teams reassemble to report their findings and to reflect on environmental practices and policies the school already has and those they might consider adopting.
BACK TO THE EARTH
Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 27 percent of the US municipal solid waste stream. That’s a lot of waste to send to landfills when it could become useful and environmentally beneficial compost instead! Composting offers obvious resource management benefits and creates a useful product from organic waste that would otherwise have been landfilled. This workshop, available for all age groups, explains how composting works and how to make it work.
A workshop version of our very popular Trash On the Lawn Day (T.O.L.D.). Rather than sorting all the waste from a day, participants collect small working samples of waste, which are audited and analyzed.
RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING IN YOUR TOWN
Participants are introduced to the specifics of solid waste management as practiced every day in their local community. This workshop identifies the organizations which handle recyclables and compostables in your own town and region.
VERMONT E-CYCLES PROGRAM: MANAGING ELECTRONIC WASTE
Designed specifically for Vermont schools, our E-Cycles workshop covers the details of Vermont’s free electronics recycling program, including what is covered, why it’s important, and the environmental, social, and financial benefits to the state of Vermont. Workshop includes grade-level appropriate activities and take-home assignments.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS (3)
GREEN CLEANING & INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ) EVALUATION AND REVIEW
The NRRA School CLUB staff work with facility managers and custodians to evaluate custodial products and practices for indoor air quality impacts. A report assessing all currently used chemical products recommendation for improved practices is generated and reviewed with staff and administrators/management during a second visit. Follow up assistance is provided as needed.
TRASH ON THE LAWN DAY (T.O.L.D.)
A thought-provoking service-learning project that assesses a school’s waste management issues and opportunities for improvement, while fostering student leadership. Under the NRRA School Club’s guidance, student leaders organize a waste sort of an entire days worth of trash. This tool for positive change examines waste management practices, purchasing policies, hauling agreements and diversion oppor-
tunities. A T.O.L.D. consists of envisioning and audit planning, the audit, and presentation of the results and action plan. T.O.L.D.s often draw media attention and can become an annual event to track progress toward sustainable cost-effective methods of school waste management.
Star Assessments are NRRA’s proprietary school recycling inventory and review. Developed for NRRA by Heather Greenwood, in collaboration with Antioch University New England, the Star Assessment provides a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative report on a school’s recycling and waste reduction efforts in five key areas. The report provides clear, unbiased suggestions and areas for improvement
as well as a base-line data for future examination of your schools recycling program. Star Assessments take several hours to complete and require access to an entire school. They make a great activity for a Green Team or Recycling Team of students or teachers to start off a year or get better organized.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Feel free to call The CLUB at 603-736-4401 X19 or email us at TheCLUB@nrra.net.