Generation Green

Every generation is judged by its progress, Generation Green will be judged on its ability to conserve, preserve, restore and sustain our planet to not only progress forward but reflect on the damage done and correct historic environmental failures.

Kids Zone

 

You play the hero Flo, now go through water pipes to answer water-efficiency questions , but avoid water-wasting monsters. Can Watersense survive? Your the answer. Cool Kids Only at, WaterSense!

Reduce means using less of something. So if you take a 20 minute shower, but now only take 10 minutes than it reduces the amount of water you use in the shower.

Re-use is anytime you do something and than you can do it again with all the same stuff. When you take your backpack everyday to school your re-using it, to hold your stuff and get to school. If you take you get your parents to take there own bags to the grocery store then you are re-using a resource and reducing plastic bag waste. Great Job, Double Points!

Recycling takes used materials (waste) and uses it to make new products. It keeps materials that are useful from being wasted. You can recycle any glass your using, the paper you already used at school, plastic bottles, clothes that don’t fit, soda cans, and old electronic stuff you don’t use anymore. It really helps the environment and your parents won’t keep yelling at you to clean your room. Ask your parents nicely and you can find yourself with a little extra cash if you recycle the cans and plastic bottles your family already uses.

Re-use vs. Recycle

Re-use almost sounds like recycle, but its not because recycle breaks down something to raw materials.
Example: Re-use is taking your backpack to school everyday or even taking it apart and creating a new item you can use. Recycle would be taking that can you recycled and breaking it down into aluminum which can be melted and molded into almost anything.

If when your bike broke you melted the aluminum to make a can, then recycled the cans to buy a bike it would be a closed loop system, but whereas reuse can be an arts and crafts project… recycling and melting take a lot more energy.

So, when you take something and break it down to its raw material then make something new its recycled and when you take something and can use it in the exact same way or build a new tool out of its being re-used.

Teachers

 

 

Educate and create Eco-Conscious students, parents, and faculty.

There are many ways that green schools initiatives can support your school’s curriculum, with key tie-ins to science, math, social studies, and economics. Establish a strong link between energy and the environment. Protection of the environment is a strong motivator. Help students and adults understand that more than 80% of pollution results from the production, consumption, and disposal of energy — and that actions they take really do make a difference.

Reduce

Conduct a Classroom Energy Audit.
You don’t have get too technical to teach students about energy use; you can simply take stock of where and how you’re using energy, by assessing where in the classroom energy is going (and being wasted). A simple energy audit can help out.

How many lights are on? Is there heat or A/C? Do the computers get left on at night? Determine where you can cut back, then create a checklist kids can follow every day.
You can help raise awareness by adjusting computer monitor settings, turning the lights off before recess, have a “lights-off” hour once per week, and so on.

Re-Use

Bring it Back w/ Homework
Have students complete a walk-through energy audit of their homes. Make a list of energy problems in the home and suggest solutions, which students can bring home to their families. By modeling and discussing ways to save energy at home and at school, you can spread the energy-efficiency message to families and the community. Include practical and convenient energy saving tips in your school’s monthly newsletter as well.

Recycle

Create a school recycling program. Recycle everything that cannot be reused; and encourage the purchase of items that can be recycled. A successful and meaningful recycling program must involve the whole campus — there is no teaching tool like the daily, hands-on practice of recycling everything that cannot be reused. By recycling just one glass bottle, you save enough electricity to power a 100-watt bulb for four hours.

Parents

 


Re-duce

An estimated 25% of all trips are made within a mile of the home. Challenge yourself to shop locally — and without your car. In addition to supporting your local businesses, you will reduce your carbon emissions on the road. When your walking with your kids have them try to identify the plants around you.
This eco-trip just turned educational.

Re-use

Teach your kids early about reducing, reusing and recycling by packing zero-waste lunches. No plastic wrap, no aluminum foil, no throw-away juice boxes or pre-wrapped snacks. Use BPA-free hard plastic or glass containers for their snacks and lunch items and stainless steel bottles for their drinks.

Recycle

Something simple to help green your corner of the world: Give away what you might otherwise throw away. Teach kids sharing by making a trip to goodwill or simply working with neighbors on garage sales in the community.

Fun and Easy Eco-Education
 

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Consider the impact that you will have on our future. Let’s explore!
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If you enjoy this Green Yourself idea be sure to check out the full episode about this issue

 

Season 1 – Ep. 2 “Learning Green” (Environmental Education)

If you enjoy this Green Yourself idea be sure to check out the full episode about this issue

Season 1 – Ep. 2 Learning Green

(Environmental Education)

High School and College Green Education Ideas and Green Yourself Tips, Coming Soon!


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