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Updated March 2010

Green Schools


Many people these days are trying their best to protect the environment -- and schools are no exception. Classes, schools, and districts are undertaking programs to reduce, reuse, and recycle

If you're looking for ways to make your school "greener" -- don't miss the following articles:

Competition Spurs Energy Savings
One district recently challenged school leaders and other staff 93 identify ways to reduce energy consumption and help cut the districts electric bill. In return, schools that reduced consumption the most got to share in the savings. Could this idea work in your district?

Composting: Reduce Waste, Recycle, and Teach Green Habits in One Fell "Scoop"
Spend a little time in your school's cafeteria, and you may be startled by the amount of food that students are not eating. Rejected scraps are wasteful and fill up garbage cans. Composting takes those scraps and puts them to good use. Can it take root in your school?

Eco-Friendly School Supplies
It's time again to stock the classroom with supplies for a year's worth of learning -- and the choices you make can make a difference. Discover some unique, smart, and planet-friendly must-haves for this school year.

No Fuss ”Green” Projects
Students at The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts, participate in "green" projects that capitalize on their energy and commitment, but don't overtax their busy school days.

Crafting Thorough Cleaning Plans
Few educators may link school cleanliness with student performance, but cleaner buildings can mean higher attendance and more learning. Alternatives to chemical cleaners can create healthier environments for teachers and students.

Improving School Environments Through Green Cleaning
As research mounts about the link between indoor air quality and health, and as more children enter school with respiratory problems, schools, districts, and even whole states are switching to more environmentally-friendly cleaning agents.

Green Schools Save the Environment, Money
Green schools, which are built to rely more on natural resources or have extensive recycling and conservation programs, may sound expensive or a lot of work, but actually they save districts money in the long run, some experts say.

Schools Strive for Waste-Free Lunches
More and more schools are discovering the benefits of cutting down on the waste they produce, particularly in the lunchroom. Less trash reduces disposal costs, and composting recycles much of the waste from student lunches.