School News You Can Use – May, 2015
DON’T MISS JACK GOLDEN —GARBAGE IS MY BAG!!!!
6TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IS IN 2 WEEKS –
SIGN UP TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Click here for: Conference Brochure
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- CLUB Conference News – Registration Still Available-Sign up today!!!
- CLUB News – Welcome New Member Burke Town School
- In The News – How to become a RAARP Reporter
- EPA & NHDES News – FREE Environmental Education Materials
- Green Cleaning Tips – Inexpensive & Easy
- Activity – Simple Solutions Lunch Box
- Green Calendar
It’s Not Too Late!
Conference Registration Still Available
The School Recycling CLUB’s 6th Annual Conference is fast approaching on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. This year’s theme is “Real Challenges-Real Solutions.” Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Member School fee is $50/Student; $75/Teacher. Non-member fee is $60/Student; $90/Teacher. If you are unsure of your member status, please call us at 603-736-4401 and we’ll check it for you.
To review the Conference schedule, workshops and presenters, click here: Conference Brochure Link
To download the writable Registration Page, click here: http://www.schoolrecycling.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/One-Page-Attendee-Registration-Sheet-Writable.pdf
Once you have filled it out, please email, fax or mail it back to us ASAP.
Grants Still Available for NH Schools
All NH schools may apply for grants of 1/2 off their registration fees through NH the Beautiful. Here is the link: http://www.schoolrecycling.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/NHtB-School-Grant-Form-Writable-Updated.pdf
The CLUB welcomes new member Burke Town School and their Recycle Club:
Garbage Guerilla Workshops at Hampstead Central
Hampstead Central School hosted three Garbage Guerillas Workshops for their third-graders on April 22. Generous funding from the Hampstead Recycling Committee made this possible. We’ll have a full write-up in our next newsletter. Here are some pictures:
Would you like to host a TOLD, Garbage Guerillas or another Workshop at your school? Let the CLUB Help!
- Improves academic performance, especially in science and math
- Can lead to financial savings for schools
- Decreases the school’s carbon footprint through practical solutions that reduce energy and water consumption
- Reduces school waste and conserves natural resources
- Encourages student environmental awareness and stewardship
- Increases parental involvement
- Helps students and teachers develop stronger relationships with their communities
Previous EPA EE-funded research at over 200 New England schools completed by the NRRA School Recycling CLUB (the CLUB) found that the single most challenging area for school recycling programs was in providing curriculum integrations that brought recycling and sustainability into classrooms to be used as the subject matter for meeting state and local curriculum standards. The intention of the CLUB programs is to address just that issue in schools across all six New England states. Our goal is to use the CLUB’s workshops and technical assistance programs, all experiential and hands on, as a tool for educating K-12 students about consumption, proper diversion of waste, the resulting impacts on climate change and what they can do to change it. Through these offerings, we are also afforded the opportunity to link these priorities to curriculum standards. In addition, these workshops will model, for educators or community leaders, exemplary ways of teaching in creative, effective, and efficient methods about human health threats from environmental pollution as well as how to minimize human exposure to preserve good health. Click here to learn more or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.603.736.4401 ext. 19
IN THE NEWS
Reptile and Amphibian Reporting Program (RAARP)
Reports should be accompanied by a clear photograph whenever possible. To be added to the spring mailing list, please contact the NH Fish and Game Wildlife Division: (603) 271-5859 or email email@example.com. RAARP participants must obey all local, state, and federal laws while collecting reptile and amphibian location data. Observers are advised to get landowner permission before going onto private property.
To learn more, go to: RAARP
From Waste360 Daily Wire
April 9, 2015
Nebraska School Succeeds in Composting
Most of its Food Waste
By Chrissy Kadleck
To read the entire article, go to: Nebraska School Composting
The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is seeking nominations for its 2015 Nsedu Obot Witherspoon (NOW) Youth Leadership Award!
Do you know any young leaders (ages 12-18) who are involved and committed to environmental health, participate in community action, and have strong leadership skills? Nominate them for CEHN’s NOW Youth Leadership Award! CEHN is seeking nominations from non-family members for this award which honors youths for their exceptional environmental leadership. This award will be presented at CEHN’s 10th Annual Child Health Advocate Award Reception in Washington, DC in October 2015. Visit http://www.cehn.org/NOWaward to see a list of previous awardees and to fill out the nomination form. We look forward to receiving your nominations, and if you have any questions, please contact Rachel Locke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations are due by 4pm EDT on June 30th, 2015.
Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why we launched Crayola ColorCycle. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and repurpose used Crayola markers.
ColorCycle is also a great opportunity for teachers and their students to explore eco-friendly practices. Specially developed standards-based lesson plans are available to enrich instruction and promote lively class discussions.
4 Easy Steps to an Eco-Cool School!
Participating in ColorCycle with your school is as easy as 1-2-3-4!
Click here to Get Started!
Toy Recycling Made Easy
Through the program, parents can obtain a free Toy Recycling Box *with prepaid shipping label. Items including dolls and board game pieces can be mailed to TerraCycle, a company that specializes in recycling difficult-to-process items.
(*While supplies last. Total program participation limited to 500 Toy Boxes and 100 upcycled totes. Tote mailed upon receipt of returned Toy Box.)
EPA & NHDES NEWS
Find environmental education resource kits
for your school
It’s now easier to order EPA environmental education materials for your classroom. The National Service Center for Environmental Publications offers order forms listing materials grouped by grade range (K-3, K-12, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and General Information for Teachers). Each form has a picture, title, and brief description of the item as well as the quantity limit that can be ordered. Order a kit for your class today.
If you’re looking for other hands-on activities, take a look at our air sensor project or our new GENERATE! game, which helps students and adults learn about energy choices.
Join the Lorax to Help Protect the Environment
This Earth Day, ENERGY STAR is announcing the release of its updated activity book with Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. The activity book, one of EPA’s most highly sought after publications, will be available for free to schools and classrooms around the country. Download the activity book here. http://go.usa.gov/3Z5bC
Looking for other quality homework resources, lesson plans, or project ideas to learn or teach about the environment? EPA recently updated its resource center to make it easier for students, parents, and teachers to find K-12 activities and resources. Visit the new center here. http://www2.epa.gov/students
EPA PEYA Winners
(President’s Environmental Youth Award)
EPA Region 1:
Operation Ban the Bottle
Lincoln-Sudbury High School Environmental Club
The Environmental Club at Lincoln-Sudbury High, consisting of Savannah Snell, Michael Bader, Brianna Bisson, Grace Chin, and Clara Cousins, worked to promote the use of reusable water bottles and to bring awareness of climate change to the 1,600 students at their school. The club raised money to purchase two purified water fountain refilling stations for the school, with the goals of decreasing and eliminating the sale and use of one-use plastic water bottles and reducing plastic waste at the school. The students started their project with a water taste test that showed that despite common belief, water from the fountains can taste just as good as water from one-use bottles as long as the temperature of the water is held constant. The club then held several fundraising events to help purchase the refilling stations. For one fundraising event, the club partnered with Next Step Living to conduct home energy audits. The actions of the club to reduce their school’s plastic waste stream and help others in their area learn how they could save money on home energy bills have reduced the carbon footprint in their community.
For inspiring details on all the PEYA winners, go to: http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award-peya-winners
2015 EPA New England Environmental Merit Awards
On April 22, 2015 (Earth Day) EPA New England gave out our Annual Merit Awards. During this ceremony, EPA New England also recognized our 2014 National Award winners for several programs including WasteWise and Food Recovery Challenge. In the attached brochure, see page 23 for the three 2014 National New England Food Recovery Award winners and page 24 for the three National 2014 New England WasteWise Award winners.
Finding products that are safer for you, your family, and the environment should be easy – that’s why EPA created the Safer Choice label. The new label helps you identify products with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or performance. When you see a product with this new label, it means that every ingredient in the product has been evaluated by EPA scientists against our stringent health and safety standards.
Look for products with the Safer Choice label in stores later this spring. Major producers and retailers like Clorox, Walmart, Jelmar/CLR, Earth Friendly Products, Bissel, Wegmans, and hundreds of others have agreed to start putting Safer Choice products on the shelves this year.
Learn about the label and find a list of safer products here. http://epa.gov/saferchoice
Read a blog post and watch a video by Administrator Gina McCarthy announcing the new label here. http://go.usa.gov/3x7Fx
GREEN CLEANING TIPS
Spring is a great time to open windows, put up screens and generally get your house in order. Here are just a couple of easy and inexpensive cleaning tips using common household items. We got our ideas from WMUR Channel 9, who got them from Distractify.com – talk about recycling ideas!
Microwave lemons in water to clean microwave
If your microwave is filled with gunk from food explosions, put lemon slices into a cup of water and put it in the microwave until the water starts to boil. Once the water is boiling, turn off the microwave and let it steam for a few minutes before removing. You will now be able to easily wipe away and remove the food buildup inside. (Source: Distractify)
Squeegee pet hair
If you live with a pet there’s a good chance their hair is everywhere. Clean your couches, or rugs by taking a rubber squeegee and running it across the fabric. You will be shocked by the amount of pet hair you remove. (Source: Distractify)
For all 30 spring cleaning tips, go to: 30 Spring cleaning hacks
Simple Solutions Lunch Box
By: Natalie from Creme de la Craft
Do you ever open your lunchbox and find that your sandwich is squished? You won’t have to worry about that with this cool recycled craft. The Simple Solutions Lunch Box is a fun milk jug craft that you can reuse every day. You can even decorate your Simple Solutions Lunch Box to make your lunch a little more special. This simple kids’ craft is fast and budget friendly, and Mom will be happy that you have another reason to drink your milk.
Materials: Recycled Crafts, Plastic
Age Group: Preschool & Kindergarten, Elementary School, Pre-Teens, Teens
Time to complete: One hour
It can also be used as a container to organize all your little goodies. And the smaller milk jugs make the perfect on-the-go boxes too.
Now, the kids have another reason to finish their milk!
• Empty milk jug
• Sharpie or marker
• Threading needle
• Embroidery floss
• Elastic hairband
• Decorative Cover (optional): Decorative scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, Brush
• Rinse out the milk jug and peel off the label. If any residue remains, run it under hot water and scrub away with a dish sponge.
• To create the flaps, use a marker to draw four half circles, one on each side of the jug. Make one side as tall as possible to create the lid (see image above).
• Cut along the inside of the lines and discard the remaining pieces.
• Bend down all four flaps so it starts to take the form of a container. If it doesn’t fold properly, try making longer slits on each corner of the milk jug.
• To create a button loop closure, sew on a button on the top lid.
• Directly underneath on the bottom base of the milk jug, pierce a hole with the edge of your scissors. Run a hairband halfway through, knotting the end from the inside of the container to hold in place.
• Optional: To personalize the container, decoupage your favorite decorative paper on the lid using Mod Podge, following the directions on the bottle.
06/05/15 – World Environment Day – To plan your event, see future newsletters and visit www.unep.org.
06/08/15 – World Oceans Day – To plan your event, see future newsletters and visit www.worldoceansday.org.
06/08/15 & – NRRA 34th Annual Northeast Recycling Conference & Expo– Real Challenges 06/09/15 – Real Solutions. This two-day event will be held at the Radisson in Manchester, NH. Here’s the link: NRRA Conference
06/09/15 – NRRA 6th Annual School CLUB Conference – The “conference within the conference” celebrates schools and students with activities and awards. See our Conference page for details.
WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL CLUB UP TO? The NRRA School CLUB always loves to hear what its members and other schools are doing to recycle and help the environment so we can share it through our newsletter. There are so many different things being done, and you are our best source of information about what is working in your school. It can be a new program, a long-term project that’s been proven over time, a field trip, etc. Always feel free to contact me or submit something and you may see it in the next School News You Can Use! – Gwen Erley, theCLUB@nrra.net 1.603.736.4401 ext 19