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School News You Can Use – March, 2019

In Like a Lion . . .

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. . .Out Like a Lamb!

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Are You Ready for the Conference?

 

I know I am!

 

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

  • 2019 Conference News –  Online Registration Now Open; Keynote Speaker on Ocean Plastics; WANTED: Recycling Stars!
  • CLUB News – Lebanon TS Visit; Keene Girl Scouts Recycling Video; Update from Allie Campbell; Welcome New & Renewing Members! Member Updates in Progress
  • NRRA Member News & Services –  2019 Compost Bin Sale Coming; What’s Your Sign?
  • NRRA Grant News –  YIMBY! Grant Presentations in NH, VT & MA; Town & Gown Webinars Ready to View; Keene School District Outreach Work; Presenting School HazMat 101!
  • NRRA SWIP News – White River Alliance SWD and Rutland SWAC SWIP Work 2018-2019
  • In The News – NH Helps Lead the Charge on Nat’l Battery Day! Eagle Snatches Fish! VT Workshops; School Garden Training; Earth Day Ideas
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers –  Coca-Cola Can Crusher! Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes; Carton 2 Garden Recycling Contest
  • Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) –  Bishop Elem Video
  • Activity – Leprechaun Hats, Shamrocks & a Pot O’ Gold!

Click HERE to view PDF

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2019 CONFERENCE NEWS

 

Keynote Speaker on Ocean Plastics

 

Katherine Shayne

NRRA is pleased to announce that the Keynote Speaker for our 38th Annual Northeast Recycling Conference & Expo is Katherine Shayne.

Katherine is the Co-founder and CEO of Can I Recycle This, Inc., a company using AI to help citizens understand the end-of-life of their products through social media and technology. She received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Georgia, where she also earned her B.S. in Environmental Engineering. Katherine consults as a researcher in environmental sustainability focused on material flow systems, citizen science, and marine plastic litter for the Jambeck Research Group and UGA New Materials Institute.

NRRA School Recycling CLUB is pleased to announce that Kat Shayne will have  a special presentation just for Schools regarding progress of cleaning up plastic in the ocean.

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Online Registration Now Open!

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To register now, go to: https://nrra.net/conference/2019-nrra-northeast-recycling-conference-expo/annual-northeast-recycling-conference-attendee-registration-form/

 

Please Note: For groups with both Teachers and Students,  you must complete at least TWO separate forms – one for all of the teachers, one to include all of the students.

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Don’t Forget Your NHtB School Conference Grant!

 

Thanks to NH the Beautiful, NH Schools will again receive 1/2 off their registrations in 2019, defraying the cost so that more students and teachers can attend.  Add that to your early registration for a terrific discount! For the NH the Beautiful Grant Application, CLICK HERE!

 

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NH School Innovation Grant – $500

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NH Schools – Put on your thinking caps! NH the Beautiful also added a new

$500 School Recycling Innovation Grant in 2018. Start planning your essays now and maybe your school will receive a check at the next Conference!

 

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Do You Have a Recycling Superstar?!

 

 

AWARDS:  Do you have a recycling Superstar in your school.  We are accepting nominations up until March 31. Each winner and their guest will receive free Conference Registration for the School Conference, including meals.

Choose one of our categories or use one of your own!

To submit your nomination, fill out one of our Nomination Forms!

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CLUB NEWS

 

Lebanon Transfer Station Visit 3-1-19

 

Our intrepid Educators, Sarah McGraw and Julia La May paid a visit to the Lebanon, NH Transfer Station to meet TS Manager Marc Morgan and learn about the facility.  Here’s Sarah’s report:

Julia and I received an excellent tour of the Lebanon TS and landfill on Friday. It was impressive what they do there and Marc is enthusiastic about educating residents and schools. As Julia mentioned he wants to help pay for a few students and teachers to the conference. Julia is rounding up support from the schools. We learned that the schools are having a hauler pick up their food waste and trucking it 45 minutes away to a farm when it could be accepted at the Lebanon Facility. What impressed me was that almost everything that is accepted at the facility is used to it’s highest and best use. Mixed glass including porcelain  for landfill aggregate, finished compost for topsoil, plastics are sent to a company to make furniture that is sold in Lebanon as a few examples.

I’m attaching a few photos including my favorite, the most beautiful glittery pile of crushed glass I have ever seen.

Best, Sarah

 

Keene Girl Scouts Create Recycling Video

The Girls Scouts of John H. Fuller Elementary in Keene have been busy since they attend our Star Assessment training!  Their Troop Leader, Thais Frost, shared their most recent project – a video about eliminating single-use straws!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW!

 

 

Update from Allie!

We recently heard from our friend, Allie Campbell!  As some of you remember,

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Hollis High School Senior Allie was our Keynote Speaker at the 2017 School Recycling Conference.  Her presentation on starting a plastic film recycling program in Hollis was so impressive that she was awarded our Outstanding Student Recycler of the Year Award.

Here is an update on Allie:

I am currently a sophomore at Williams College and pursuing a major in Environmental Studies with a focus on policy. I intern on campus at our Center for Environmental Initiatives where I work on projects relating to zero waste. A lot of this work has involved collaborating with dining and facilities staff to reduce waste from single-use, disposable food service ware.

I am also a member of the Williams Environmental Council. In addition, I am working with several small groups of students to create a Sunshine Movement Hub at Williams and to write a proposal for post-2020 sustainability goals for the college, inspired by the framework of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recently-proposed Green New Deal. I am hoping to find an internship relating to environmental policy for this summer. 

Allie

Great to hear from you, Allie!

WELCOME NEW MEMBER-MARCH 2019

 

  • Surry Village Charter School
  • Surry, NH
  • 90 Students
  • K-8

 

 

WELCOME BACK RENEWING MEMBER

  • Milan Village School
  • Milan, NH
  • 113 Students
  • K-6

 

 

 

 

 

CLUB Membership Update Offer

The CLUB’s first annual CLUB Membership update is in progress. Please take a moment to update your school’s information or to join The CLUB for the first time!

The first 25 responders will receive 10% off their School Recycling Conference registration!

It couldn’t be easier to update your school contact information now that we have our online Member Registration link.

 

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What has your recycling club (or transfer station) been up to?

Send us your pictures and we’ll share them in our next newsletter!

 

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NRRA MEMBER NEWS & SERVICES

 

2019 Compost Bin Sale Coming!

For all the details, see our Participation Packet.

 

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What’s Your Sign?

 

Did you know . . . that NH towns can get free recycling signage through NH the Beautiful?

 

Towns are allotted a certain number of points each year which they can use for standard town or school signs

 

Check with your local Transfer Station or contact info@nrra.net for details on point status and eligibility.

 

 

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Planning an Event for Spring? Reserve a Can Cage or Recyclemobile!

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.

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

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.

 

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Thanks to NH the Beautiful, schools may purchase discounted recycling bins and ClearStreams.

 

 

For discounted school recycling bins, go to: http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/School-Bin-writable-Application.pdf

 

For discounted school ClearStreams™ Recyclers, go to: http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/SCHOOL-CLEARSTREAMS_updated-1-5-15.pdf

 

 

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NRRA GRANT NEWS

YIMBY! – Yes In My Backyard!

NRRA is proud to announce that dates have been set for YIMBY Operator and Educator presentations!

YIMBY! – Yes In My Backyard! – will focus on composting, waste audits and batteries.

  • Learn organics management techniques as you navigate the organics waste stream.
  • Increase your understanding of the best management practices for waste batteries.
  • Connect with community waste reduction efforts.
  • Earn credits for professional development & certification.

To register for one or all of the workshops, CLICK HERE!

For details about the grant, see our Press Release!

 

 

Town & Gown Webinar Links Now Available!

 

Outreach training in NH and VT has been completed and we are pleased to present the  completed webinars for professional development credit to Operators and Teachers where applicable.

(Please note that you must register and complete each webinar evaluation to receive credit.  All webinars are proprietary and cannot be duplicated or disseminated without express written permission from NRRA.)

To access our webinars, go to our RESOURCES Page!

 

 

Presenting … School HazMat 101!

Are you concerned about your school’s health and safety? NRRA’s School HazMat 101: A Blueprint for Hazardous Materials Management in Schools was written specifically to help the entire school community benefit from addressing hazardous materials use. Funded by the USDA Rural Utilities Program, this manual provides information that improves the school’s ability to employ safe management practices.

Many people are accustomed to using hazardous materials in their everyday lives and have become desensitized to the potential health and environmental risks. They also may not fully understand the short­ and long-term health and environmental consequences. NRRA’s School HazMat 101: A Blueprint for Hazardous Materials Management in Schools reveals how hazardous materials can be used safely by raising awareness of the role hazardous materials play in their lives and the associated risks. This manual informs school personnel how to be pro-active in protecting themselves, the students, the environment, and by taking a leadership role in their community.

For grant reporting purposes, we are asking that schools contact NRRA individually and sign a Terms of Use stating they will not share their password. We want to track interest areas and demographics. Once we receive your signed Terms of Use, we will send you the password and link for School HazMat 101. Please send your signed Terms of Use to info@nrra.net.

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Concerned about your school’s air quality? If you would like to have an assessment done at your school, you may order our Technical Assistance Training – Green Cleaning & Indoor Air Quality Assessment. For details, check out our MENU or contact Gwen Erley at gerley@nrra.net.

 

  

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 in 2017 with Star Assessments being done at each school.  Surveys were sent to staff at all seven schools to gauge their current recycling efforts.  Programming and recycling equipment will be provided this coming school year.

In preparation for this programming, a Star Assessment Training was held on Sept. 14 for representatives from each of the Keene schools. (See Press Release.) Each representative (along with several Girl Scouts) learned how to collect the field data needed to provide a comprehensive evaluation of their school’s current recycling program. The representatives will collect their data and send it to NRRA for analysis and a final report.

For more information, please contact Gwen Erley, Programs Coordinator 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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NRRA SWIP NEWS

 

 

White River Alliance Solid Waste District School Outreach Continues for 2018-19 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. We will be working with two schools in the 2018-2019 school year.

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 for 2019

Vermont – On behalf of the Rutland County Solid Waste Alliance Communities (RCSWAC), NRRA is providing school outreach to assist with Act 148, Universal Recycling compliance.

Fair Haven, VT enjoyed a presentation on Healthy Home/Clean Waters through our USDA Town & Gown Grant.  See the PRESS RELEASE for details.

Outreach planning has begun 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

New Hampshire Helps Lead the Charge on

National Battery Day

New Hampshire Ranks Eighth on Call2Recycle’s 2018 Top 10 Battery Recycling States

ATLANTA, GA, February 18, 2019 – Call2Recycle®, the country’s first and largest consumer battery recycling program, applauds the citizens of New Hampshire for leading the charge on National Battery Day and ranking as one of the nation’s top 10 battery recycling states by collecting more than 37,000 pounds of batteries. Overall, U.S. consumers recycled 7.2 million pounds of batteries last year through the Call2Recycle program.

 

“Since the inception of the Call2Recycle program, the citizens of New Hampshire have diverted more than 674,000 pounds of batteries from landfills and helped make the environment of New Hampshire cleaner and safer,” said Call2Recycle Executive Vice President of External Relations, Linda Gabor. “With consumers relying more and more on battery-powered devices, National Battery Day is the perfect reminder that batteries and other electronics are an important part of the recycling picture.”

“We are proud of the citizens of New Hampshire as well as the other northeastern states for their commitment to responsibly manage batteries once they no longer power their devices,” said Mike Durfor, executive director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association based in Epsom, New Hampshire. “NRRA, is working closely with Call2Recycle to continue to educate residents and towns on the importance of the battery recovery program. The safe handling of batteries is a major component of NRRA’s outreach efforts both in towns and schools this coming year. Today on National Battery Day, we encourage everyone to spread the battery recycling message.”

Before recycling, consumers should review tips on how to safely prepare their batteries. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Protect: Batteries can be bagged or taped to provide protection. You can tape the positive terminal with non-conductive electrical, duct or clear packing tape OR individually place batteries in plastic bags (non-grocer).
  2. Store: Keep batteries in a cool place, avoiding metal containers. Try to recycle within six months.
  3. Recycle: Use the Call2Recycle locator to find a nearby drop-off location. 97 percent of New Hampshire residents live within 10 miles of a drop-off site.

Since 1994, the Call2Recycle program has diverted and recycled more than 115 million pounds of batteries from U.S. landfills.

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About Call2Recycle, Inc.

Call2Recycle, Inc., is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through collecting and recycling consumer batteries and cellphones. Founded in 1994, the not-for-profit organization works on behalf of stakeholders to provide its consumer battery recycling program to consumers across the U.S. Visit call2recycle.org. Follow on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

For the entire Press Release, CLICK HERE!

 

Ice Fishing BOLO!

From our Friends at NH Audubon (NH Audubon News – February 25, 2019)

 

Eagle Nabs Pike from Fisherman

Bald Eagle swiping a fresh catch. Photos by Brian Jenisch.

Avid outdoorsman, Brian Jenisch, was ice fishing with a friend on Wilson Pond in Swanzey when a Bald Eagle swept in to nab his catch. Brian often reports his eagle sightings to Raptor Biologist Chris Martin, and he shared these photos of his experience.

“I was getting the hook out, and the eagle was flying at me and circling 10 ft above my head. I was very nervous. I have never had an eagle do that–they usually wait until I leave and then come down to check for leftover bait or filleted fish. It was very scary, but awesome!”

Chris adds that anyone out ice fishing remember to remove any tackle attached to your fish right away! Brian had already removed the line and hook before the eagle grabbed for his fish, but NH Audubon has received recent reports of a Bald Eagle flying around trailing fishing line.

 

If you’ve seen eagles in the Keene area, let Chris know where you see them by reporting sightings to him at cmartin@nhaudubon.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From our Friends at CVSWMD

Got fixing skills? Join our Repair Café March 30!

Looking for a fun way to help a neighbor? The Central Vermont Repair Café Committee seeks volunteers for a Repair Café on March 30, 2019 at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center. All skills welcome.

We invite you to share your knowledge and help repair your neighbors’ beloved broken items while enjoying great company and conversation. We’re happy to announce that the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District and Onion River Exchange (both anchor organizations for the CV Repair Cafe Committee) have partnered with the Montpelier Senior Activity Center and the Hunger Mountain Coop to host a third Repair Café in central Vermont.

Here’s a sample list of the types of skills we’re seeking, but we’d like to hear what your skill is, too:

  • Jewelry repair
  • Clothing mending/zipper fixing
  • Furniture/woodwork
  • Ceramics/gluing
  • Electronics repair
  • Household appliances
  • Computers/Televisions
  • Toys

ORE timebank members will receive community time credits in exchange for volunteering either as a fixing volunteer, or our many other volunteer needs.

To sign up as a repair volunteer, to make food for the cafe, or to volunteer for other tasks  fill out our volunteer form. Want to know more about what’s involved in being a Repair Café repair volunteer? Read more …  

Have questions? Email RepairCafe.CVT@gmail.com

Great American Cleanup Launches March 20

 

From our Friends at Youth Service America

Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program, engaging more than 5 million volunteers and participants every year to create positive change and lasting impact in local communities.

Read more

Starting a School Garden? Get Trained!

From our Friends at NH Audubon

Help Transform a Schoolyard

Convert your schoolyard from a blank stretch of lawn or beaten dirt to an ecologically sound landscape, alive with wildlife and native plants! Did you know that NH Audubon is part of the New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants and provides not only the training for accomplishing these types of projects but the funding to make it happen?
Two workshops for school staff and community members are coming up, and registration is now open:

What can I do at my school? (part 1)
March 16, 9am-3:30 at the Gilmanton School

  • See examples of successful schoolyard habitat projects. Find out the steps for carrying out a project
  • Practice conducting a school site assessment.
  • Learn how to assemble a map of your schoolyard. Generate ideas for enhancing the site.

How do I plan my project? (part 2)
March 30, 9am-3:30 at the McLane Center

  • Develop a plan for your own schoolyard, including setting goals and objectives.
  • Learn how to engage students and community in planning and design.
  • Identify suitable native plants and other local resources.

Planning resources will be provided to help guide your project plans after this workshop. Join us for one or both days. Cost $40.00 for one day or $70.00 for both.

Download pdf of workshop flier with full details and registration information

 

From our Friends at Central Vermont SWMD

CVSWMD Invites Towns to Host a Workshop in 2019

 

Schedule a Free Workshop

CVSWMD is offering new workshops in 2019! We are offering up to 8 workshops in 2019, host sites are picked first come, first serve. This year’s workshop offerings include:

  • Compost Like You Mean It (Basic level)
  • Recycle Like A Pro
  • Composting: the Next Level
  • Safer Cleaning: Avoid Toxics and Improve Air & Water Quality (available as “Lunch ‘n Learn” at businesses)

We have a slots open for May, June, September and October.

Contact us today to get on our schedule. Ideal workshop dates: Wednesday evenings, 5:45 – 7:15 pm, Saturdays 10 am – noon.

 

Ideas for Earth Day (April 22)

 

From our Friends at the Earth Day Network

 

This year, Earth Day Network is working to Protect Our Species, and we urge you to join us.

The good news is that through advocacy, education, changes in consumer behavior, preservation of current legal protections and advancement of new policies, species extinction can be slowed!

We’re offering the resources below to help you educate, inspire, and organize your communities and networks to protect species locally and globally.

Together we can slow the pace of extinction and Protect Our Species. Got ideas? Please share your plans to Protect Our Species with us.

Thank you for being part of the global movement to make Earth Day Every Day!

NH Audubon Earth Day Festival – April 13

For more details, go to:  http://www.nhaudubon.org/calendar/earth-day-festival-2019-be-water-wise/

 

Recycling & Environmental Game Links

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

 

 

As the weather forces us indoors, are you concerned about your school’s indoor air quality?

For technical assistance, please consider The CLUB’s Indoor Air Quality & Green Cleaning training. For an overview, you can view our recorded webinar located on our Resources page. Just scroll down to Webinar 13.

For more information about scheduling an evaluation for your school, please contact TheCLUB@nrra.net.

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CONTESTS, SCHOLARSHIPS & FUNDRAISERS

 

Coca-Cola of Northern New England Special Offer!

 

Mini-Aluminum Can Crusher in Need of New Home!

Are you a school looking for new fundraising opportunity? Coca-Cola™ of Northern New England is looking to move this machine out of their warehouse and into a school interested in earning some extra funds by recycling cans. The footprint of the machine is 5X6 ft with a working footprint of 8X8 ft.

Interested schools can send a letter explaining how they would use the machine and how it would help their school recycling program. Please submit to theclub@nrra.net.

 

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes – Deadline: April 15

The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from across the U.S. and Canada. Each year, the Prize honors 25 young leaders ages 8 to 18. Fifteen top winners receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education.

For more information, CLICK HERE!

 

From our Friends at NOAA

NOAA 2019 Marine Debris Calendars Now Available

Cover art by art contest winner Emma M, Grade 6, Pennsylvania

To download a copy or order a limited hard copy of the calendar, go to: https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/2019-marine-debris-calendar-available-download?utm_medium=email&utm_source=GovDelivery

 

 

From our Friends at NWF.org

NWF Photo Contest – Jan. 16 to Mar. 22

The National Wildlife® Photo Contest, which began more than four decades ago, celebrates the power of photography to advance conservation and connect both photographers and viewers with wildlife and the outdoors. The most compelling nature images can help protect wildlife in profound ways.

We are excited to announce the following eight categories for entry in our 2019 contest: Birds, Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians, Insects & Other Invertebrates, Underwater Wonders, Landscapes & Plants, People in Nature, and a new Youth category for nature photographers age 13-17.

For details, go to: https://www.nwf.org/Magazines/National-Wildlife/Photo-Contest?s_email_id=20181215_MEM_ENG_WLO_December_Edition|MTOther

 

It’s Not Too Early to Think Spring!

 

From our Friends at Kidsgardening.org

 

Carton 2 Garden

Open to public and private schools, Carton 2 Garden will award fifteen innovative garden creations featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons – including a $5,000 grand prize! Register today and get exclusive lesson plans to integrate your project with your classroom.

Entries are due by Monday, March 25, 2019 by Midnight PST.

You can access the online entry form at:
https://kidsgardeninggrants.limequery.org/241225?lang=en

Other School Grant Opportunities

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GOVERNMENT NEWS (NHDES & EPA & USDA)

 

Elementary students share recycling tips video

 

From our Friends at EPA – Region 1

 

Bishop Green Team 2018 Video

GREEN TEAM students at the John A. Bishop Elementary School in Arlington created an instructional video sharing recycling tips. The students do a wonderful job demonstrating how their school uses collection bins for recyclables, used textiles, and food scraps. The pollinator garden and recycled material art projects are particularly impressive!

 

Bishop Elementary School, Arlington MA, shares recycling tips with their schoolmates and community. Produced by Charlotte Milan

 

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 allfreeholidaycrrafts.com

Clover Paper Hat

This image courtesy of alphamom.com

By: Lindsey Boardman for Alpha Mom

Updated February 21, 2019

Do you need a quick and easy St. Patrick’s Day craft that will have your guests looking stylish? The Clover Paper Hat is simple to make and fun for all ages. It is safe to say you already have the materials in your home, meaning it won’t cost you a thing. Kids can create this idea themselves at a party or make these hats to use for fun games. Keep this craft idea for other holidays as well by cutting out different designs.

Click here for the holiday project

  • Estimated Cost: Under $10
  • Time to Complete: Under an hour
  • Primary Technique: Paper Crafts
  • Holiday: St. Patrick’s Day

 

Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages

From our Friends at Papertraildesign.com

All of Paper Trail Design’s printables are free for personal use.

 

From our Friends at allfreeholidaycrafts.com

 

St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Pretzel Snack

This image courtesy of crayonsandcravings.com

By: Jaclyn Shimmel from crayonsandcravings.com

Updated February 05, 2019

From the Blogger: “Are you looking for a fun St. Patrick’s Day dessert recipe that you can make for your kids or for that St. Patrick’s Day party coming up? These cute little Pot of Gold Pretzels are quick, easy, and so much fun. Everyone will love them and no one would guess how easy they are to make! They only require 4 ingredients, and take no time at all to put together. The hardest part is unwrapping the Rolos!”

Click Here for the Free Holiday Craft!

  • Estimated Cost: Under $10
  • Time to Complete: In an evening
  • Materials: Food
  • Primary Technique: Food Crafting
  • Season: Spring
  • Holiday: Patrick’s Day

 

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GREEN CALENDAR

 

03/18/19 – Global Recycling Day – The second annual celebration from the Bureau of International Recycling!  For more information, visit:  www.bir.org.

03/22/19 – World Water Day – To plan your event, visit www.unwater.org.

04/22/19 – Earth Day – To plan your event, see future newsletters and visit www.earthday.org.

04/26/19 – Arbor Day – To plan your event, visit www.arborday.org.

05/08/19 – Bike to School Day – To register your school event:
http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

05/20-21/19 – NRRA’s 38th Annual Recycling Conference & Expo

05/21/19 – School Recycling CLUB’s 10th Annual School Recycling Conference (the Conference within the Conference); Registration assistance available for NH schools through NH the Beautiful.

06/05/19 – World Environment Day – To plan your event, visit www.un.org/en/events/environmentday.

06/08/19 – World Oceans Day – To plan your event, visit www.worldoceansday.org.

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

(Green is our FAVORITE color!)

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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