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School News You Can Use – June, 2018



  • 2018 Conference Wrap Up –  Early Bird Discount for 2019
  • NRRA Grant News –  Town & Gown Webinars; School Indoor Air Quality Survey; Keene School District Outreach Work
  • CLUB News – Welcome New Members-Milford High School & Pittsfield Elementary School
  • NRRA SWIP News – White River Alliance SWD and Rutland SWAC SWIP Work Winding Down for Summer
  • In The News – Audubon Nature Day Camp; New Use for Chicken Feathers
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers –  Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants Open August 6
  • Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) – NHDES Water & Poetry Winners; Turnip the Beet Summer Meals Program
  • Activity – Locker Clean-Out Ideas; Summer Bucket List

Click HERE to view PDF


 2018 Conference Wrap Up


Students and teachers received a royal welcome to our Conference with gold crowns and green bracelets lettered with our Recycling Rules logo and a throne to sit on! After collecting their backpacks to fill with goodies, they were off to breakfast in the Exhibit hall.  This year we added some raffle items exclusively for school attendees. Teachers and students were issued two tickets each and could choose from four great prizes – a Tin Man made from recycled cans, a Handmade Doll from Bonnie’s Bundles, a lunch box from Bentology and a terrific backpack filled with schools supplies from Staples.  Many thanks to our donors for adding this new element of excitement to the Conference.

Attendees could choose from six workshops during the morning, with breaks in between to visit the exhibitors and collect goodies, run our Recycling Obstacle Course, Paint the Can, Scavenger Hunt, Recycling Pinball and several other great interactive demos.

A mini-Trash On the Lawn Day was held just before lunch and the students were enthusiastic about helping us sort a sample of trash from the exhibit hall to see what we could recycle.

A great lunch buffet was offered and, as attendees settled in to eat, the Allenstown Drama Club presented their musical skit – The Green Machine, highlighting how important it is for all of us to recycle.  They did a fantastic job, thanks to their inspired teacher/director, Kimberlie Berrigan!  After that, we had our Awards Presentation followed by the drawings for the raffle items with everything wrapping up around 2 pm.

For all the Award Winners, Press Releases and Photos, check out our 2018 Conference page!


Many thanks to our proud supporter, NH the Beautiful! Schools in NH received 1/2 off their registrations, defraying the cost so that more students and teachers could attend.  We hope that more NH schools can take advantage of this program next year.

NH the Beautiful also added a new $500 School Recycling Innovation Grant this year. Start planning your essays now and maybe your school will receive a check at the next Conference!


Overall, the Conference feedback was terrific, it was a lot of fun and we learned about exciting new programs and innovations in recycling. This is a great way to close out the year for school recycling clubs throughout New England!

Thanks to all of our Exhibitors, Speakers and, most of all, our Attendees!


We’d love to have  you join us for our 10th Annual School Recycling Conference & Expo in 2019!


Early Bird Discount of 10% if you confirm

before 12/31/18



The Triple Crown of Town & Gown

Three webinars on Green Cleaning & Indoor Air Quality


Mark your calendars and register for three, 1.5-hour webinars this spring/summer hosted by NRRA Staff.

Learn how to keep your family, students, employees and community safe from toxic chemicals, promote safer personal care products, and how to safely dispose of hazardous household materials.

Professional Development Certificates will be available!


Healthy Home, Clean Waters

Friday, June 8 at 2 pm

Participants investigate household toxins, cleaning chemicals and personal care products. 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.

Registration Link :


Indoor Air Quality and Green Cleaning

Wednesday, June 27 at 2 pm

School building occupants are at risk of exposure to many indoor air quality hazards such as cleaning chemicals, varnishes, maintenance issues, improper storage of art/science/voc tech chemicals. This workshop explores such risks and how green cleaning practices can significantly improve school health.

Registration Link:


Things That Go Boom!

Tuesday, July 10 at 1 pm

This workshop analyzes hazardous substances dropped off at transfer stations, how to distinguish/separate types of hazardous waste and how to properly store and dispose of safely according to state and federal laws.

Registration Link :


Don’t worry if you miss any of the webinars.  They will all be posted on our webpage after they have been recorded!






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



Inquiring Minds Want to Know!  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:


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:

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

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

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




Welcome New Members


Milford High School & Applied Technology Center


  • Where:  Milford, NH 
  • Mascot:  Spartans
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students:  854




Pittsfield Elementary School


  • Where:  Pittsfield, NH

    PES Facebook

  • Mascot:  Panther Cubs
  • Grades: PK-6
  • Students:  342










From our Friends at Somersworth Middle School


You Say Potato….

Some delicious Fingerling potatoes,  generously donated by CTC educator Ed Olson, were prepared for planting this spring, then planted by Somersworth Middle School students.  A trench was dug by 15 8th grade students,  along the curved border of a perennial bed.  At 40 feet long, with roughly 120 spuds planted, the harvest this fall could yield enough to replant in spring of 2019, as well as provide plenty to feed our students a few times through the Caféteria or through SYC.

Mr. Daryl Dunbar, aka the Maple Syrup Wonderboy, will coordinate the care of them over the summer, and has high hopes they may be ready for harvest during SMS Fall Festival. Big thanks to the hard-working students who made it happen, and to the enlightened SMS administrative team that encourages outside educational opportunities.

For more information on Farm to School at SMS and at Somersworth’s other schools, contact Wendy at, and check out the Somersworth Farm to School Facebook page.







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


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





From our friends at NH Audubon

Summer Fun at Nature Day Camp

Courtesy Photo: Campers approach a nesting box at Massabesic Center

Two Tree Swallows circle overhead as NH Audubon campers peer carefully into their nestbox to observe newly laid eggs…


…binoculars in hand, the campers tiptoe to the woods and look for the Downy Woodpeckers they just heard drumming on the trees. Afterwards, they head back to the center to visit with NHA’s resident birds before making their own bird-shaped kites that they will race outside later in the day.

Courtesy photo: Catching tadpoles at Milne Pond

At the pond, campers cheer over the huge bullfrog they caught and dip their nets in the water to look for more tadpoles. After lunch they run a water relay, then they hold our resident Painted Turtle while they learn about the adaptations that help her survive in her aquatic environment.

These are some examples of the types of activities campers will enjoy at NH Audubon’s Summer Nature Day Camp. Games, crafts, and outdoor adventures abound for little ones with a love of nature!

Every day is different, and each week has a different natural theme. Jump over to our website for all the details and a link to online registration.

Programs take place at McLane Center in Concord and at Massabesic Center in Auburn.

Registration is already filling up!
We hope your family will join us for an amazing summer at NH Audubon.


Summer Calendar Available! NH Audubon has also posted their June, July and August Afield Calendar of activities.  To access the printable PDF, CLICK HERE!



From our Friends at


Plastic Pollution from the Ocean is Being Used to Make Designer Sunglasses

November 13, 2017

Off the coast of Catalonia, an intriguing experiment in the circular economy is taking place. Dozens of fishing vessels are heading out to sea and bringing back tons of plastic waste alongside their usual haul. The plastic is then used as the raw material to make recycled designer sunglasses for Barcelona-based company, Sea2see.

Thanks to agreements with 22 Catalonian port authorities, the company helps fishermen across the region bring in around a tonne of plastic waste every three days.

“Fishermen have had a bad reputation for contributing to ocean pollution by discarding their nets, so they are really proud to be a part of what we are doing,” Van den Abeele tells The Independent. “The aim is that everything that goes out to sea comes back to shore, which has not always happened before.”

To read the full story, visit


From our Friends in Vermont


Final Repair Cafe of 2018 in Bradford – Need Fixers!


Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District, May 2018


It’s hard to believe we’re already hosting our final Repair Cafe of the season coming up June 30 at the Bradford Grace United Methodist Church. Once again, the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District is teaming up with Onion River Exchange to make this event possible on June 30.

In order to hold the Repair Cafe, we need “fixperts” who can dedicate time and experience. If this interests you, then we could use your help!  Examples of fixpert skills include (but are not limited to):

  • Bike repairs
  • Electronics repair
  • Clock or watch repair
  • Camera Repair
  • Clothing and textile repair
  • Electronics repair
  • Small appliance repair
  • Carpenters
  • Jewelry repair
  • Massage (people repair!)

Are you interested in getting involved in the Repair Café movement? We’ll be hosting a training for organizations, individuals, and communities that want to start their own Repair Café following the Bradford Café. Stay tuned for more details.

If you’d like to join CVSWMD and ORE in our efforts to bring Repair Cafes to the region, contact us! 

Also for our Friends in Vermont – Got Bulk Milk?

Our intrepid Vermont Educator, Charen Fegard, sent us some information of interest to Vermont schools.  Schools who want to go to bulk milk, but have outdated or aging milk coolers, might want to check with their milk distributors about leasing this equipment.

However, they may also access funding for new milk coolers through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture’s Milk Cooler Grant Program.  Just visit

Thanks for sharin’, Charen!





Our Friends in NRRA Member Services shared this from


Speaking of Zero Waste . . .


From our Friends at


Aeropowder Turns Feather Waste into Biodegradable Food Insulation


May 25, 2018

Meal kits may help you make good use of fresh ingredients, but there has been a lot of buzz about the waste they generate. While most of their insulation, containers, and wrapping are technically recyclable, many have to be broken down or driven to particular recycling facilities — which means that most of the packaging ends up in a landfill.

London-based startup Aeropowder is trying to reduce packaging waste by making use of a different waste stream: feathers.

Their first product, called ‘Pluumo,’ is 95% waste feathers and 5% biobinder wrapped in a compostable sheet. This biodegradable product is meant to insulate perishable food and replace polystyrene (a non-recyclable material used for packaging) in food delivery and grocery ecommerce.

To read the full story, visit




From our friends at ecomaine


Which Bin to Put it In? Check Your Recyclopedia!


Help ecomaine kick contamination! Recycling contamination has been in the news lately, with supply and demand out of balance, levels of contamination at higher levels than we’d like, and China’s government has imposed severe restrictions on recyclable paper contamination.

ecomaine is taking steps to help make post-consumer paper more marketable.

We have the new, free RECYCLOPEDIA app and website, with more than 700 items you can look up!

We have materials and resources that you can print and share.

We offer tours and presentations to help educate about the DOs and DON’Ts of recycling.

We’re social! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more info and engagement.

For more information, go to:


There’s an App for That!

From our Friends at Container Recycling Institute


“Not just a chore” – UMD students develop app to incentivize recycling

May 2nd, 2018 – The app, called Recyclify, aims to inform students whether disposable items should be sorted into recycling, trash or compost bins, said senior Ardalan Djourabtchi, the app’s co-founder. The design launched in fall 2017, and Djourabtchi, along with freshman Jason Malkofsky-Berger and junior Chris Langreo, are testing it at Stamp this semester. DBK News

From our Friends at Waste Advantage Magazine

Break the Battery Hoarder Habit This Spring

April 20, 2018

Call2Recycle®, North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship and recycling program, is encouraging consumers to declutter living spaces and break the battery hoarder habit by recycling used batteries. Individuals can even enter to win an anti-battery hoarder kit from Call2Recycle to jumpstart their battery recycling efforts, which kicks off on Earth Day.

With the busy nature of life, it’s easy to become a battery hoarder. Be it empty nesters with old electronics in the attic or new homeowners with boxes of childhood treasures (including toys with batteries) in the basement or garage, hoarding happens.

A recent Nielsen study found that 21% of surveyed Americans hoarded used single-use batteries for six months to a year, with 24% keeping used rechargeable batteries for the same duration. Reasons for hoarding included holding for a future recycling trip or not knowing what to do with the used batteries. The good news: consumers can break the battery hoarder habit!

“By breaking the battery hoarder habit, consumers can organize their living spaces, recycle used batteries and do something positive for the planet,” said Linda Gabor, vice president of marketing and customer service for Call2Recycle, Inc.

With Earth Day around the corner, it’s the perfect time to regain balance and create cleaner, safer spaces by recycling used batteries. Consumers should bag or tape used batteries as needed before taking to a Call2Recycle drop-off site. If damaged or swollen batteries are uncovered during clean-out, contact Call2Recycle as these batteries require special handling.

For more information, visit



Recycling & Environmental Game Links

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


Summer is almost here! 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


Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers


From our Friends at EPA/NIGMS


NIGMS Funding for STEM Now Available


The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) R25 program, supports pre-K to grade 12 (P-12) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), informal science education, and science center/museum projects.

Funding is now available through solicitation PAR-17-339. Grant proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. local time Monday, July 9, 2018Review the SEPA funding opportunity announcement


From our Friends at

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 – apply anytime!
  • Grow grants – grants up to $3,500 to groups working to expand existing projects and broaden their scope – due March 15 & Sept. 15

For more information, go to:


Crayola Grant Program

 Last Call Principals!


The 2018 program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. 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.

Applications should be sent to 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.

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).

Deadline:   July 15

For more information, go to:


From our Friends at Lowe’s

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants

Raise up to $5,000 for your school in minutes

It’s that easy when you take advantage of Lowe’s Small Toolbox for Education grant program. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how hard you work for your kids and your community and is dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school. Apply for our Small Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on your already impressive parent group success with Lowe’s.

Now in its 12th year of helping build better schools and

Lowe’s Courtesy Photo

communities, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program has provided over $54 million to more than 12,000 schools across the country.

Imagine what you could do for your school

Let us know your ideas to make your school a better place and we can help you fulfill them.

The Fall 2018 grant cycle will be open for applications August 6, 2018.

There are typically two Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant cycles in a school year. The spring 2018 deadline is 11:59pm EST on February 9, 2018. The fall 2018 deadline is 11:59pm EST on September 28, 2018. Lowe’s reserves the right to close the application process if 1500 applications are received.




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:


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


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 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





From our Friends at NH Dept. of Environmental Services


26th Annual New Hampshire Fourth Grade Water Science Fair and Poetry Winners Announced Winners from Harrisville, Keene, Lyme, New Hampton, Manchester and Plymouth

PLYMOUTH, NH – The New Hampshire 4th Grade Water Science Fair and Drinking Water Festival was held Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Plymouth. Students from Bethlehem, Plymouth, Lyme, Westmoreland, Harrisville, Marlborough, Surry Village, Keene and Manchester presented their science projects to panels of judges.

4th Grade Water Science Fair Results:

  • First Place:  Alaria Clauss, Keene
  • Second Place:   Jack Quarry, Keene
  • Third Place:   Ashton Foreman, Harrisville
  • Fourth Place:   Kaelan Clark, Lyme
  • Honorable Mentions:  Emma Petrovich, Keene; Rylee Donovan, Manchester

New this year, was the first annual Water Poetry Contest. Students composed poems relating to the theme ‘Water in Our World.’

4th Grade Water Poetry Contest Results:

  • First Place:  Reece Kenney, Lyme
  • Second Place:  Amanda Ahern, Plymouth; Avery Tuttle-Wilcox, Plymouth; Addy Allain, Plymouth
  • Third Place:  Aidan Freitas, Plymouth; Blaine Hiltz, Plymouth; Logan Libby, Plymouth
  • Honorable Mentions:  Joshua York, New Hampton; Keegan Ingram, New Hampton

Science Fair and Poetry awards were presented by WMUR Meteorologist Hayley LaPoint. A letter from Senator Hassan was also presented to all winners. Trophies were donated by Saymore Trophy.

The Drinking Water Festival celebrates National Drinking Water Week. The event was sponsored by the New Hampshire Drinking Water Coalition in conjunction with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to encourage future leaders and scientists to learn about one of the world’s most precious resources, water! More than 240 students from Bethlehem, Campton, Plymouth, Waterville Valley, Rumney, Thornton, New Hampton, Lyme, Piermont and Harrisville participated. Operators, scientists, consultants, artists and environmental educators from public water systems, non-profit organizations, higher education and local, state and federal agencies joined together to share their expertise with students. Students explored ways to keep water clean, conservation, water testing, groundwater pollution, how climate change is affecting water systems and many other topics. A drinking water tasting contest matched several municipal water supply systems against each other for the coveted Best Tasting Drinking Water Award. Keene Water Department was chosen by the students as having the best tasting water.

From our Friends at the US Dept. of Education


New Green Ribbon Schools and Sustainability Award Winners

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the names of the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, the District Sustainability Awardees, and the Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

Find full information on the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and learn how to apply.



From our Friends at USDA Food & Nutrition Service

‘Turnip the Beet’ Recognizes High-Quality Summer Meals for our Nation’s Kids

USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Acting Deputy Under Secretary Brandon Lipps with Turnip the Beet winner, Idea Public Schools in San Antonio, TX on April 20, 2018.

By Cindy Long, Deputy Administrator for Child Nutrition Program, Food and Nutrition Service in Food and Nutrition

Apr 20, 2018

There are millions of America’s youth who do not have access to nutritious meals when school is not in session. Offering nutritious meals to our nation’s children and teens that are appetizing, appealing and wholesome is a responsibility USDA takes very seriously.

Our key partners in serving our summer feeding customers are the organizations that sponsor feeding sites in neighborhoods across the Nation. To recognize the important role of these sponsors, USDA recently announced the second annual Turnip the Beet awards. The honors celebrate the outstanding contribution of those who work so tirelessly to offer nutritious and appealing summer meals for children that meet the needs of families and local communities, and enable our young people to thrive when school is out for the summer.

For the full article and list of award winners, go to:


Note to our Readers:  If you are in need of food, always check with your local community action, food pantry, town hall and churches.  They would be happy to connect you with local services. No one need be hungry this summer.




From our Friends at EPA Region 1  –  A Message from Region 8

Link with NDA Food-Waste-Play-Checklist

Hello All,

Recently, the local Western Dairy Association (WDA) posted a food waste reduction post on Facebook, and I just found out about these great materials available to K-12 Schools interested in participating in their “Fuel Up to Play 60” campaign. This effort is entitled “Food: Waste Less and Enjoy! It’s Good for All of Us”. This is a program organized in coordination with the NFL. I’m assuming that the other regional Dairy Associations are promoting as well. Interestingly, representatives from the WDA attended the K-12 schools workshop last fall because they were getting inquiries about food waste reduction efforts from schools. Schools are definitely leading the way in this area in R8! 🙂

I haven’t looked at all the materials in detail yet, but on first glance, they look great. They also mention the EPA and link to our Sustainable Management of Food website. If you work closely with schools, I’d say that they may find some of these resources useful, including the checklist (attached). I thought you’d be interested in this info and want to share with your stakeholders.

Enjoy the remainder of your week.

Regards, Virginia Till – EPA Region 8 Recycling Specialist

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




Locker Clean-Out Ideas


From our Friends at


Green Locker Clean-Out

We found this terrific The Green Locker Clean-Out Event Guide.  It takes you through:

  • planning
  • setting up sorting stations
  • promoting
  • documenting and measuring
  • assigning rolls
  • scheduling
  • post clean-out celebration

It even includes signs that you can use for your event.

To download a copy for your school, go to:





NRRA Stock Image

From our Friends at

Here’s their Locker Leftovers Guide.







And from our Friends at

Here’s their Locker Cleanout Toolkit.









And here’s how one school in Arizona does it …


There’s a nice load of clean, dry paper for recycling!



Here’s one of our favorites from the National Wildlife Federation



For the printable PDF, CLICK HERE


FINAL THOUGHT:  If you are going to a beach or national park this summer, why not pick up some litter while you are there?





See You All in the Fall!


Have a Safe and Happy . . .



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, 1-603-736-4401, Ext. 19