In recent years, people have been taking the concept of going green seriously, especially in K-12 schools. Terms like ‘green schools’ and ‘sustainable schools’ have even become common.
Regardless of your budget, there are a lot of things k-12 schools can do to help make the world a little greener. Here are a few tips:1. Go Paperless! Schools waste enormous amounts of paper. Did you know k-12 schools, on average, use about 250,000 pieces of paper each year? There are many ways schools can go green and reduce their paper usage, especially with the help of school notification systems!
- Instead of printing out flyers for upcoming events or activities, attach the document to an email message before sending them out to student families
- Revitalize the way you distribute report cards by sending them home electronically. By eliminating the process of manually printing, sorting and distributing report cards, K-12 schools save on both valuable staff time and money on paper and print costs.
2. Calculate Your Carbon Footprint There are many carbon footprint calculators on the Internet that help us see how much impact we have on the world. Help your students calculate their own carbon footprint and create a plan to reduce your group footprint together!
3. Recycle School-wide recycling is a great program to implement. Place recycle bins in each classroom and throughout the hallways. Instead of throwing items away, encourage students to recycle aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper. Be sure to educate students, teachers and staff members what materials can and cannot be recycled.
Bonus Idea! Have classrooms compete with one and other to see who can reduce their waste output the most. It’s a great way to create a healthy competition AND produce less waste.
Move beyond "this is how we've always done it" - you'll be amazed by the results.