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School News You Can Use – May, 2018

Recycling Rules Everywhere!

It’s Time to Conference!

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • 2018 Conference News –  It’s Not Too Late! Get Your Brochure & Registration Form Here! NH the Beautiful Grants and Services
  • NRRA Grant News –  Travels with Town & Gown; School Indoor Air Quality Survey; Keene School District Outreach Work
  • CLUB News – Milford MS Crowned Recycle-Bowl State Champion, and More; Welcome New Member Henry J. McLaughlin Jr. MS; Loudon Elem. Recycling Project; It’s All About MEES!
  • NRRA SWIP News – White River Alliance SWD and Rutland SWAC SWIP Work Continues
  • In The News – Earth Day Celebrations in Action! Baby Wildlife Tips; Recycling Toys, Tennis Balls & Fishing Line.
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers –  Colgate Playground Challenge
  • Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) – Reducing Dust
  • Activity – Printables from Dinosaurs to Decoders

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 2018 CONFERENCE NEWS

 

At a Glance: Here’s the  School Conference Workshop Page

For a printable PDF of the School Conference Schedule, CLICK HERE.

For the full 2-day NRRA Conference Brochure, CLICK HERE.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Get Your Registration Forms Here!

We have added Online Registration for schools this year.

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School Groups:  Please note that we can accept one registration form for each designation at your school (i.e., all students on one form, all teachers/staff on another). Just submit a typed list of attendees with each registration form.

All NH schools are eligible for member rates and NH the Beautiful Grants (see below)!

Out of state schools – if your town or WMD is a member of NRRA, you are also a member and eligible for member rates!  If you are not sure, contact The CLUB below.

Our downloadable Registration Form is also available.

If you should have any questions, contact  TheCLUB@NRRA.net.

 

NH Schools – Apply Now for 1/2 Off Conference Grants!

New Hampshire the Beautiful has been a proud supporter of NRRA and it’s members, The School Recycling CLUB, our annual Conference and our NH Schools.

NH the Beautiful has again stepped up to the plate for NH schools this year!  They will offer matching grants of up to 1/2 the Conference Registration fees for your school group or individual!

For the NHtB Grant Application, CLICK HERE!

 

Other Great Services from NH the Beautiful …

Did you know that NH the Beautiful offers Recyclemobiles to promote and collect recycling at your events?

See our Contests, Scholarships & Fundraising section for more information and to apply!

Did you know that NH the Beautiful offers ClearStreams and 18-gallon recycling bins at a significant discount (over 50%) to schools?

Click here to apply for Clearstreams.

Click here to apply for Recycling Bins.

 

 

Many thanks to NH the Beautiful for your continued support of our programs and services!

Don’t Forget! We also have Can Cages available for school fundraising!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of NRRA, NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., the Can Cages (2) are available for loan to member schools for FREE!!!

See our Contests, Scholarships & Fundraising section for more information and to apply!

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NRRA GRANT NEWS

USDA Town & Gown Grant Work Underway

Trash Talk Thursday at John Fuller Elementary – 4-12-18

NRRA Grant’s Manager Cindy Sterling and NRRA Special Projects Manager Sarah McGraw visited John Fuller Elementary School to present as part of the Trash Talk Thursday series organized by John Fuller teacher Lara Preece. Sarah and Cindy Presented Back to The Earth, a 45 minute presentation about how composting works. This presentation is one of multiple available for schools and as part of the 2018 USDA “Town and Gown: Taking Down the Wall” grant, for teachers and transfer station operators.  All three lunches at John Fuller Elementary received an abbreviated version of Back to the Earth with a short exciting video of a watermelon decomposing. The 5th grade received the full Back to the Earth Version and there were lots of questions about food waste, composting, pollution and waste. Sarah and Cindy impressed by the knowledge the students had about the 5 major ocean gyres which was the “Trash Talk” at the previous week’s lunch. There is even a large map in the cafeteria of the ocean gyres.

That morning Sarah and Cindy also met with Assistant Principal Gretchen Bradley and Head Custodian Ron White to complete an Indoor Air Quality Assessment which is also part of the USDA grant. Indoor Air Quality Assessments investigate cleaning supplies, maintenance practices and current environmental health and safety policies and practices. A report is made for the school with suggestions about using 3rd party certified environmentally preferable products and maintain a healthy indoor environment through proper maintenance techniques.

If your school is interested in scheduling an IAQ Assessment or holding a workshop for teachers contact Programs Coordinator Gwen Erley at gerley@nrra.net

 

 About the Town & Gown Grant

NRRA’s newest grant through USDA Rural Development is Town & Gown – Taking the Wall Down. This grant focuses on  building alliances between municipal transfer stations (NH), waste management districts (VT) and their associated schools.  We have located several communities in select counties of NH and VT to receive free training  and facility tours in the coming months. We will also be producing webinars to facilitate information sharing between towns and schools.

For the list of eligible communities in NH & VT, click HERE.

For the full grant details, see our Press Release by clicking HERE.

If you would like more information about grant participation please contact Gwen Erley at gerley@nrra.net.

 

 

There’s Still Time for Schools to Take Our Quick 10-Question IAQ Survey!

As part of our USDA Town & Gown Grant, we will be looking at Indoor Air Quality and Green Cleaning in K-12 schools.

If you haven’t received our Constant Contact Survey Request, please feel free to take our 10-question survey about Indoor Air Quality!

In return, you will receive a FREE set of Green Cleaning Recipe Books (Student, Teacher and Personal Care)!

To complete our survey, click HERE!

Or go to:  http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eezpvh1gjbxrxe39/start

 

Keene School District Recycling Program

The Keene School District has contracted  NRRA’s  School Recycling CLUB to provide analysis, programming and equipment to facilitate effective and cost-saving recycling throughout the District.

Phase One was completed last year with Star Assessments being done at each school.  We are currently surveying staff at all seven schools on their current recycling efforts.  Programming will be provided this spring and next fall.

If you work for the Keene Schools and have not received your survey, please use this link:  http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ef2s9jk4jd0cqy2u/start

Teacher Volunteers Needed:  We will be looking for a teacher at each school to be trained on doing the Star Assessment.  If you are interested, please let your Principal know and send an email to Gwen Erley at gerley@nrra.net.

Teacher Resources Available for Purchase!

Classic K-12 Recycling Activities with 21st Century Standards

 

Thanks to grant funding through USDA-Rural Development, NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB is proud to offer the newest editions of their school curricula 3R’s of the Common Core: A Teacher’s Resource Guide to Solid Waste and Recycling and Teaching Toxics: Creating Solutions to Household Pollution.  These references are divided into age appropriate lessons for K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Schools may select from hard copy or PDF versions.

In addition, four classroom workshop modules have been updated and are available in PDF versions only.  They are:

  1. Garbage Guerrillas
  2. Back to the Earth
  3. Healthy Home/Clean Waters
  4. Waste = Global Climate Change

Anyone else interested in purchasing these resources should contact NRRA Programs Coordinator, Gwen Erley, at gerley@nrra.net.

  • For the Pricing Guide, click HERE.
  • For the Terms of Use, click HERE.
  • For the Curricula Descriptions, click HERE.

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CLUB NEWS

 

Congratulations Milford Middle School – 2018 Recycle-Bowl State Champion!

We are very proud to announce that Milford Middle School is the State Winner of Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl!

The 2017 Recycle-Bowl had 1,000 schools participate, representing 550,000 students and teachers that recycled 2 million pounds!

Here’s a graphic on Milford Middle Schools collection totals:

 

 

To see all the Recycle-Bowl winners, go to:  https://www.kab.org/recycle-bowl/competition/winners-and-prizes

 

And that’s not all …

 

Milford Middle School Presents Climate Change Quilt

On Friday April 20th several Milford students met with Congresswoman Annie Kuster to discuss Climate Change and the environment.  Also in attendance were artist Danielle Baudrand, several other NH students as well as several parents and teachers.

Last year MMS’ 7th graders created a “Climate Quilt” with Danielle.  The students each made a design expressing their ideas about the environment on a recycled cardboard square and using “trash” items to design it.  Danielle later wove these pieces together with plastic bag strips forming a “quilt”.  This quilt traveled to several environmental venues around New England last summer and was even highlighted at the CREATIVE CLIMATE AWARDS exhibit in New York this past fall.  Since then the quilt has been hanging in the MMS cafeteria.

On the 20th the Milford students presented our quilt to Annie Kuster.

In attendance representing Milford were:

  •  Adrianna George and Aidan Parker from Milford Middle School
  •  Jordan King, Milford High School
  •  Mrs. (Janell) George (parent), and Mrs. (Diane) Varney-Parker (teacher)

 

Welcome New Member

 

Henry J. McLaughlin Jr. Middle School

 

  • Where:  Manchester, NH
  • Mascot:  Cougar
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Students:  742

Loudon Elementary School – 5th Grade Exhibition – Recycling!

Loudon Recycling Committee

 

The Loudon Recycling Committee members, LeeAnn Childress and Debra Eastman-Proulx met with fifth grade students Kaden Drew, Brayden Burr and Nicole Conway in Mrs. Zink’s class. The students picked “Recycling” as the topic. We shared information and ideas on how best to find and present their material.  On May 3rd, the whole 5th grade class presented their different topics to their family and friends.

Kaden, Brayden and Nicole did a great job putting together a very informative slide show about the how recycling can help improve the earth’s environment. In preparation for the exhibition, they reached out to the whole school asking for help in collecting 500 single use plastic bags. The school responded, in 3 days they had well over 500 bags. Why collect all these bags? The 500 number is the approximate amount of bags used by every person in the nation every year!

They also set up a wonderful display board to help encourage people to recycle! Love and appreciate the hard work these young students put into this super important message.

 

It’s All About MEES! (Massachusetts Environmental Educator Society)

 

Sarah McGraw, School Special Projects Manager for The CLUB, attended the Massachusetts Environmental Educator Society Conference on March 29. Educators across all sectors were present to gain new skills and insights in environmental education. One of the highlights was the Keynote Speaker Joan Walsh, MA Audubon’s Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology, who talked about the state of Massachusetts bird populations and the effects of climate change. You can read the report HERE.

Workshop sessions included Breaking Down Barriers and Bridging the Gap: Creating Successful Environmental Education Experiences in Urban Settings, Using the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network in the Classroom and many other great workshops from experienced and highly skilled organizations.

Solid waste related exhibitors included City Compost, a food waste hauler and composter in Gardner MA, who composted all the food waste from the conference!

Another exhibitor, The Blackstone Heritage Corridor, is promoting responsible fishing by providing containers to fishermen, conservation groups, litter pickup teams and others, to collect used fishing line and either mailing in or bringing to a drop off center. The fishing sports company Berkeley runs the recycling program. The film is then sent to a monofilament recycling center in Spirit Lake, Iowa to be made into other products such as park benches. The recycling program has been so successful, they have collected and recycled 9 million miles of fishing line.  The campaign “Trash Responsibly” aims to keep trash out of the Blackstone River which runs from Worcester MA (where the conference was!) and travels 48 miles into RI before emptying in to the Narragansett Bay.

This conference is great for any educator interested in learning more about environmental education and you can find the conference page HERE.

Here are some photos that Sarah brought back:

 

 

See In The News Section for more on fishing line recycling!

 

 

 

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NRRA SWIP NEWS

White River Alliance Solid Waste District School Outreach Continues for 2017-18 School Year

Workshops and Technical Assistance Available

Vermont – We have completed our first and started our second round of outreach to schools in the White River Alliance Solid Waste District in Eastern/Central, VT. Educator Charen Fegard met with two schools in November or 2017 and March of 2018.

School outreach consists of four workshops and two technical assistance trainings. These are being paid for by the Alliance so there is no cost to the schools.

Alliance communities include:  Barnard, Bethel, Granville, Hancock, Pittsfield, Rochester, Royalton and Stockbridge.

For more information, please contact The CLUB at TheCLUB@nrra.net.

 

Rutland County SWAC SWIP Outreach Ramping Up

 

Vermont – NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB has completed our school outreach efforts for the 2017-2018 School year on behalf of the Rutland County Solid Waste Alliance Communities (RCSWAC). We met with two more Rutland County schools in April. Our goal is to assist with Act 148, Universal Recycling compliance.

Outreach will resume next spring for the 2018-2019 school year.  School outreach consists of an NRRA Star Assessment and ANR School Recycling Scorecard.  There is no cost to the schools thanks to RCSWAC grant funding.

RCSWAC Member towns include:  Benson, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rutland Town, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth and West Haven.

For more information, please contact The CLUB at TheCLUB@nrra.net.

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IN THE NEWS

 

Wilton CC Litter Clean Up

 

Wilton Community Center sponsored an annual Litter Clean Up Event for Earth Day.   The following pictures were all taken by Tom Lafleur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From our Friends at Waste 360

25 Ways Cities, Companies are Going Green for Earth Day 2018

Mallory Szczepanski | Apr 20, 2018

Waste360 has rounded up some Earth Day events and initiatives taking place this month.

As organizations, companies, nonprofits and individuals around the globe prepare to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, Denis Hayes, the principal national organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970, is calling for an end to plastic pollution.

It’s no secret that the world has a plastic pollution problem, and there’s no better day to ramp up waste reduction and recycling efforts than Earth Day.

This year, a range of companies and nonprofits across the globe are going green via events and campaigns that are dedicated to bettering the environment, increasing the amount of materials that are being recycling and reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfills.

In this gallery, Waste360 has rounded up some Earth Day events and campaigns taking place throughout the month of April.

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From our Friends at National Wildlife Federation

What to Do If You Find Baby Wildlife This Spring

Spring is here, and with it comes baby wildlife season. What should you do if you find a baby bird, rabbit, or deer fawn in your yard?

Find out the right way to help.

From our Friends at NWF

 

$50 Amazon Gift Card Could Be Yours

 

“Stop, do not approach my desk.
You have reached your question quota for the year.
Please return to your seat.”

The end of the school year = CRAZY2 + BUSY3.

We understand, but did you know you have a seat at the Eco-Schools table? Our teams around the nation count on your feedback to ensure we deliver Eco-Schools USA in a way that is meaningful to your practice, engaging to your students and provides the best outcomes for the environment.

Your feedback about the Eco-Schools USA program is greatly appreciated. Your responses will be posted in our September Newsletter and the data collected will be used to inform our plans for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline to submit feedback is Wednesday, June 13th.

All those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of four $50 Amazon gift cards. Take the survey now!

Read the May Newsletter for the
Latest Eco-Schools News, Information and Opportunities.

 

 

From our Friends at Waste360

Rubicon Global and TerraCycle Join Forces to Offer Zero Waste Solutions

Rubicon Global and TerraCycle are teaming together to offer customers a variety of waste reduction services aimed at advancing zero waste solutions.

 

Waste360 Staff | Oct 05, 2017

Rubicon Global and TerraCycle are teaming together to offer customers a variety of waste reduction services aimed at advancing zero waste solutions.

This partnership will facilitate a broader spectrum of non-landfill solutions to customers for virtually every waste stream—from the most common recyclables such as mixed recycling and cardboard to stubborn streams such candy wrappers, batteries and cigarette butts. Rubicon and TerraCycle will have access to each other’s customer bases to offer new solutions, fill in the service gaps and develop innovative go-to-market strategies.

For the entire article, click HERE.

 

Speaking of TerraCycle . . .

More from our Friends at Waste360

 

Hasbro Partners with TerraCycle to Launch Toy and Game Recycling Pilot Program

Through the program, consumers can collect and send their Hasbro toys and games to TerraCycle, which will recycle the materials for innovative uses.

Waste360 Staff | Apr 17, 2018

Hasbro is launching a new toy and game recycling pilot program with TerraCycle, a global leader in product recycling, in the contiguous U.S. During the pilot program, consumers can collect and send their Hasbro toys and games to TerraCycle, which will recycle them into materials that can be used in the construction of play spaces, flower pots, park benches and other innovative uses.

“We’re excited to launch the Hasbro Toy Recycling pilot program because it aligns so well with our purpose to make the world a better place for children and their families,” said John Frascotti, president of Hasbro, Inc., in a statement. “As a company, we know consumers share our commitment to taking care of our planet for future generations, and we see this as an exciting step in our sustainability journey.”

In honor of Earth Day, consumers in the contiguous U.S. can visit Hasbro’s website to sign up for the free recycling pilot program starting on April 16. Once participants sign up, they can collect and box up their toys and games, print out a free shipping label and send their box to TerraCycle, which will sort and recycle the products. The pilot program will accept all Hasbro toys and games, including face-to-face games, plastic and electronic toys, action figures, dolls, plush and more.

For the entire article, click HERE!

From our Friends at Waste360

 

 

Two Naperville, Ill., Students Find Success Recycling Tennis Balls

 

Waste360 Staff | Mar 15, 2018

Two Naperville, Ill., students, 17-year-old Katherine Ho and 18-year-old Harriet Hunt, have managed to recycle 1,000 tennis balls since installing a special collection bin at the courts in a local park. The two students raised money and installed the collection bin last fall.

The students wanted to find a way to make sure the tennis balls that players left behind didn’t end up in a landfill, so they found a company that repurposes old balls as well as a company that could provide them with a collection bin. They are currently preparing to send in another 600 collected balls.

Chicago Tribune has more details:

(Note to Readers:  Save your empty tennis ball containers to give to family and friends who fish.  They make great used fishing line collectors! See story below on fishing line recycling.)

 

We learned of this program through the MEES Conference, from our friends at Berkley-fishing.com

Fishing Line Recycling

Berkley has a long history of promoting and facilitating fishing line recycling, and is in the process of building a new program to lead this effort worldwide. We are expanding the program to involve more states and federal agencies in fishing line recycling.

Respool and Recycle
Public response to Berkley’s innovative line and spool recycling program has been remarkable. Since 1990, the Berkley Conservation Institute, with the help of anglers everywhere, has recycled more than 9 million miles worth of fishing line. That’s enough line to fill two reels for every angler in America.

And it continues to grow! Retailers and marinas have provided their support by displaying over 17,000 recycling collection bins. Magazines and radio stations have provided public service announcements.

Please continue your support. Pick up discarded fishing line and recycle it by dropping it off in a recycling collection bin, or mail it directly to our collection center at:

Berkley Recycling
1900 18th Street
Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360

(Note to Readers:  Save your empty tennis ball containers to give to family and friends who fish.  They make great used fishing line collectors!)

From our Friends at NH Audubon

My Land, Your Land, Our Land

April 1 – May 31

Free Event

Sunlit Birches by Dustan Knight

The Merrimack River Painters are so pleased to be exhibiting at the Audubon Center this spring. We have chosen a theme for our show that resonates with all those folks who love nature and share a curiosity about different places, wildlife and environments.

Our group of twelve dedicated artists are committed to exploring what means the most to us with creative integrity and passion. We have worked together as a group for more than 18 years and continue to inspire each other to grow artistically.

Some of our group collect imagery and themes from their travels, others sketch and paint from familiar locations near their studios. We all respond visually to the nuances and drama of natures’ landscapes. The exhibition will feature an exhilarating range of nature’s encounters including backyard birds, cascading mountain streams, tundra wildflowers and muskox, mountain birches and more.

Recycling & Environmental Game Links

In our internet travels, we have found several links to recycling and environmental games and activities that students might enjoy:

 

Spring is coming! Want to learn more about composting?

If you would like to host a workshop in your school, please consider The CLUB’s Back to the Earth Workshop. For more information, please contact TheCLUB@nrra.net.

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Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers

 

From our Friends at Waste360.com

Colgate, Shoprite and TerraCycle Join Forces for Recycled Playground Challenge

The two schools with the most Playground Credits will receive a playground made of recycled oral care waste.

Waste360 Staff | Apr 11, 2018

TerraCycle, in partnership with Colgate and ShopRite, has launched the fifth annual Recycled Playground Challenge, which aims to teach school students, teachers and communities about preserving healthy smiles and a healthy environment. In past challenges, there was only one winner, but this year, students can compete for one of two recycled playgrounds for their school.

Starting March 11 (through June 30), schools located throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland were eligible to compete for two new playgrounds made entirely of recycled material by joining TerraCycle’s Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program, a free, national program hosted by Colgate and TerraCycle.

For the full article, CLICK HERE!

 

From our Friends at New England Grassroots Fund

Focused on all things local, the Grassroots Fund is the only organization of its kind dedicated to inspire, connect, and support community-based environmental projects throughout New England. Grassroots Fund’s niche is to help those on-the-ground, everyday people for whom grassroots work is a passion and whose volunteer time is a priceless contribution to the common good.

  • Seed grants – grants up to $1,000 to New England community-based groups with newly evolving local projects
  • Grow grants – grants up to $3,500 to groups working to expand existing projects and broaden their scope

Grassroots Fund Seed, Grow & Young Adult Leader grants are designed for groups that:

  • are doing community-based environmental work in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT;
  • are volunteer-driven or have no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents);
  • have an annual operating budget under $100,000;

Please note that Grassroots Fund does not fund statewide, regional, national or international work. Our focus is on community-based, local initiatives. Grassroots funds can not be used for retroactive expenses, lobbying purposes, micro-grant programs or large capital acquisitions.

SEED GRANTS: Quick project-focused grants dedicated to help volunteer groups launch and build their newly evolving project(s).

  • Deadline: Apply anytime
    (expect a decision in 4 to 6 weeks)
  • Grant range: $250 – $1,000

GROW GRANTS: Competitive group development grants dedicated to help established groups increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact.

  • Deadlines: March 15 & September 15
    (expect decisions early June & December)
  • Grant range: $1,000 – $3,500

For more information, go to:  https://grassrootsfund.org/dollars

 

 

Crayola Grant Program

Champion Creatively Alive Children

Creative Leadership Grants 2018

The 2018 program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Beginning December 1, 2018, submit your application for the opportunity to receive a grant to help build your school’s creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

In collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), Crayola offers up to 20 grants for schools in the United States or Canada. The applications will only be accepted from principals who are members of NAESP. If you are not the principal, please collaborate with your school’s leader to develop the plan. The National Art Education Association encourages their members to partner with their school’s principal and colleagues to generate grant proposals.

Actual product assortment may vary.

Schools who received this grant in 2017 will not be eligible to apply for a 2018-209 grant. Instead, we urge those grant winners to become judges to help score new proposals. 2017 winners may apply again in 2019.

Applications should be sent to creativelyalive@crayola.com or faxed to 610-515-8781, Attn: Heather Loney. Applications will be accepted until 12:00 Midnight ET Friday, June 22, 2018.

Download your application today!

For more information about this program, click HERE!

 

From our Friends at Captain Planet Foundation

ecoSolution™ Grants (previously called “Small Grants”) have been the defining basis of Captain Planet Foundation’s work over the last 25 years. In that time, we’ve funded over 2,100 projects that have impacted 1.2 million youth around the world – actively fulfilling our mission to build the next generation of environmental stewards and change-agents.

ecoSolution™ Grants range from $500-$2,500 and are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution™ Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States (international projects are by invitation only).

Please note that ecoSolution™ Grants will only support direct project costs. Support for t-shirts, staff salaries, field trips, scholarships, beautification/ landscaping, etc. will NOT be considered.

GRANT DEADLINE:   July 15

For more information, go to:  http://www.captainplanetfoundation.org/grants/ecosolution/

 

 

How many aluminum cans can your school round up?

Al the Can wants to see which school can round up the most cans-per-student between America Recycles Day (November 15) and Earth Day (April 22) for the big, $5,000 prize!

Schools (pre-K-12) that registered by April 28, 2017 are good to go!

For more information, go to:  http://www.canroundup.com/the-challenge/schools/

 

Hosting school events or sports?  Consider a Can Cage!

The CLUB is offering an opportunity for school recycling clubs to not only preserve the environment by collecting cans, but also to receive revenue on a per pound basis for the cans they collect.  The goal of the program is to increase school recycling funds while increasing aluminum can recycling.  As part of the program, The CLUB will provide participating schools with a large aluminum collection cage that can be parked out doors for easy access.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of NRRA, NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., the Can Cages (2) are available for loan to member schools for FREE!!!

For more information CLICK HERE or contact Programs Coordinator, Gwen Erley at TheCLUB@NRRA.net.

 

Spring is Here and the RecycleMobiles are Available for Events!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of NRRA and New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc., the RecycleMobiles are available for loan to NH schools, municipalities and community groups for FREE!

The RecycleMobile was developed to help make recycling at special events low-cost, highly visible and efficient. It is a simple to use, eye-catching recycling unit consisting of a fiberglass box with six collection holes (3 per side) that is attached to a 4′ by 6′ trailer and houses six 32-gallon barrels. You will need a 1-7/8″ ball to tow the RecycleMobile.

The NRRA has three RecycleMobiles available for community groups and organizations to use to provide recycling. Please contact the NRRA by telephone at (603) 736-4401 or by e-mail at info@nrra.net for more information and scheduling details.

To reserve the RecycleMobile for your community’s event, download, complete and send in the RecycleMobile Reservation Form.

 

Other School Grant Opportunities


 

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GOVERNMENT NEWS (NHDES & EPA & USDA)

From our Friends at NH Dept. of Environmental Services

April, 2018

Spring Is In the Air and So Is the Dust

Spring in New Hampshire brings positive things like warmer temperatures – at some point – and a few blossoms on trees, but it also provides big nuisances like mud, black flies and dust. Yes, Dust! Dust created during spring cleanup, like sweeping or blowing dirt from driveways, patios, lawns and parking lots, is not only a nuisance, it’s also unhealthy. Dust can also migrate into nearby surface water, where it affects aquatic communities and contributes to the nutrient loading of the surface water ecosystem.

Dust, also known as particulate matter, is a form of air pollution. It includes both visible and non-visible particles. Depending on the source, dust particles can be coarse, larger than 2.5 microns in a diameter, or fine, smaller than 2.5 microns. For comparison, the average hair is seven times bigger, at about 70 microns in diameter. Disturbed soils tend to consist mostly of coarse particles, while construction activities often have greater amounts of fine particles.

Although all sizes of dust present a health risk, it is the fine dust that is inhaled deep into the lungs that is of most concern. Once in the lungs it can cause serious respiratory illness like bronchitis and will trigger asthma attacks. Studies have shown that some dust particles are so small they can cross into the blood stream and cause cardiovascular problems. Dust contaminated with salt or lawn chemicals can also present a separate health risk, as can certain building materials.

NHDES encourages you to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and the environment by using these simple best management practices for outdoor spring cleaning:

  • Limit sweeping or raking to calm, less windy days.
  • Sweep earlier in the season prior to full snow melt to collect dirt and sand before it is washed away, clogging culverts and streams.
  • Lightly wet the surface with water before sweeping and raking. Avoid creating runoff to storm drains or surface waters.
  • Do not use leaf blowers to blow sand. (They are made to blow leaves!) It creates a lot of dust.
  • Drive slowly over dirt roads and parking lots to reduce generating dust. Not only will it affect the air around you, but the dust will also clog air filters and dirty your vehicle.
  • If you hire someone for the cleanup, ask them to follow these simple measures to control dust.

For more information, visit www.des.nh.gov, A-Z list, Dust

 

 

EPA’s WasteWise encourages organizations and businesses to achieve sustainability in their practices and reduce select industrial wastes.

WasteWise is part of EPA’s sustainable materials management efforts, which promote the use and reuse of materials more productively over their entire lifecycles.

To learn more, go to WasteWise Fact Sheet.

 

 

As part of EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, organizations pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results. The FRC is part of EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program (SMM). SMM seeks to reduce the environmental impact of materials through their entire life cycle. This includes how they are extracted, manufactured, distributed, used, reused, recycled, and disposed.

To learn more, go to:  EPA FRC

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ACTIVITY

 

From our Friends at AllFreeKidsCrafts.com

 

Printable 3-D T. Rex

By: Robives for instructables.com

 

This image courtesy of instructables.com

Rawr! This Printable 3-D T. Rex is hungry and he’s coming for you! Just kidding, printable paper models don’t bite. These fun paper art projects make great activities for boys and girls of all ages. Young kids might need some extra help assembling these pint sized dinosaurs, but everyone will have a blast playing with them. Plus, these paper crafts are simple and budget friendly, so you can make a whole clan of fearsome predators. Just cut, fold, and glue, and you’re one step closer to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth!

Click here for free kids craft

Time to Complete: Under an hour

Materials: Paper

 

 

 

From our Friends at AllFreeKidsCrafts.com

 

Printable Secret Decoder Wheel

By: Jamey Ekins from dabblesandbabbles.com

Updated February 09, 2018

 

This image courtesy of dabblesandbabbles.com

If your kids love spy movies, then this printable secret decoder wheel is the perfect activity to make them feel like the real deal. They can use the printable decoder wheel to write and receive secret messages. Plus, kids won’t even realize that they’re practicing their math and spellings skills while they’re playing. This activity can easily be done with a class of students or a group of excited birthday guests, too, so it’s perfect for any number of kids and all occasions. The possibilities are endless!

From the blogger: “Use this FREE DIY printable decoder wheel to send & receive secret messages without anyone being the wiser. A great resource for teachers, parents & makes a wonderful addition to spy theme parties.”

Click here for free kids craft

 

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GREEN CALENDAR

 

 

05/21/18 – NRRA’s 36th Annual Recycling Conference & Expo

05/22/18 – NRRA’s 8th Annual School Recycling Conference (the Conference within the Conference); Registration assistance available for NH schools through NH the Beautiful.

06/05/18 – World Environment Day – To plan your event, visit www.unep.org.

06/08/18 – World Oceans Day – To plan your event, visit www.worldoceansday.org.

 

See You All at the Conference!

 

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mailboxWHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL CLUB UP TO? The NRRA School Recycling 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