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 40 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.
The CLUB’s 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 (4)
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.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS (3)
GREEN CLEANING & INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ) EVALUATION AND REVIEW
The NRRA School Recycling 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 and recommendations for improved practices is generated and reviewed with staff and administrators/management during a second visit or phone call. 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 Recycling 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 opportunities. 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. They make a great activity for a Green Team or Recycling Club of students or teachers to start off a year or get better organized.
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. The Star is free with any other School Recycling CLUB programming.
SCHOOL RECYCLING CLUB CURRICULA
Thanks to a USDA grant, NRRA is proud to offer two outstanding recycling curricula manuals: 3R’s of the Common Core: A Teacher’s Resource Guide to Solid Waste and Recycling and Teaching Toxics: Creating Solutions to Household Pollution. Lesson plans have been divided into grades K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All have been tied to national Common Core standards. We have a limited quantity in print and PDF versions available on-line. Significant discounts are available to NRRA and School Recycling CLUB members.
In addition, we have four PowerPoint presentations available for schools to purchase on-line: Garbage Guerrillas, Back to the Earth, Healthy Home-Clean Waters and Waste = Global Climate Change.
If you are interested in purchasing these state-of-the-art resources, contact Gwen Erley, Programs Coordinator at (800) 223-0150 X19 or theCLUB@nrra.net.
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