EPA’s Healthy School Environment Web site provides a one-stop location for information on school environmental healthy issues.
School Waste Reduction Programs
- California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) School Waste Reduction
CIWMB’s Web site for school waste reduction is designed for school administrators (at the district-level). It provides pointers for conducting waste assessments and audits in schools, as well as extensive, practical suggestions for waste reduction by functional area: facilities and planning, food service, maintenance and operations, purchasing, and technology services. Information about programs in other states and a listing of potential funding sources from various sources is also provided.
- King County, Washington, Waste Reduction Toolkit
This program helps schools start or improve their recycling programs; increase waste reduction activities; and increase their use of recycled content and other environmentally-preferable products.
- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Recycling Assistance for Schools
This Web site provides recycling information for students and teachers, including a manual for implementing school recycling programs (Microsoft Word) (54 pp) that provides step-by-step instructions for starting, building, and maintaining school recycling programs.
- Oregon Green School Tool (PDF) (52 pp, 147K)
The Oregon Green School Tool provides resources to help Oregon schools set up and maintain effective, permanent waste reduction and resource efficiency programs that improve school environments and communities.
- Getting a Recycling Program Started in Your School
The University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service offers this step-by-step guide to setting up a recycling program in schools.
- American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) School Recycling
The AF&PA school recycling Web site offers a comprehensive guide with step-by-step directions for starting a school paper recycling program.
Education and Curriculum
- Planet Protectors Club
Elementary school students can make a difference by reducing the amount of waste they throw away. The Planet Protectors Club teaches kids how to recycle and reuse materials at school and at home. Games and activities provide additional ways for kids to learn about reducing waste and conserving resources.
- Make A Difference Campaign for Middle School Students
EPA’s "Make a Difference" campaign is aimed at educating and engaging middle school students in resource conservation and environmental protection. This campaign helps students make informed decisions for protecting the environment in their day-to-day lives.
- Your Environment, Your Choice
This Web site encourages teens in high school to make environmentally-sound choices about the products and natural resources they use, the waste they create, and the environment in which they live.
- Teacher Resources
The resources on this Web site offer a wealth of information to assist teachers in educating students about the waste we generate in our schools, homes, and communities; and what we can all do to make a difference. From classroom activities, to starting a school electronics recycling program, these materials will help you and your students learn what everyone can do to reduce and better manage waste. Many resources are provided in both English and Spanish.
- Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools
EPA's Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools helps your school and school district reduce the amount of waste you generate. You'll learn how to start a waste reduction program or expand an existing one. The guide will show you how your program can benefit your school, your community, and the environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling your waste.
- Safe Chemical Management in Schools page has many of the materails from the now ended Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3).
- The Energy Information Administration's Energy Kids Web site provides fun facts and games highlighting the energy savings associated with recycling.