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Waste Reduction and Recycling:

Make a Difference in Your School - A How-to Guide for Engaging Students in Resource Conservation and Waste Reduction (PDF) (34pp, 1.6MB, about PDF)

Provides information on engaging students in waste reduction and resource conservation.

Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools

This guide will help 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.

“Teach English, Teach about the Environment” (133pp, 1.9MB, about PDF)

A curriculum for teachers of adult English for speakers of other languages. 

Community Service and Volunteering:

Environmental Protection Begins with You: A Guide to Environmental Community Service

Serves as a follow-on resource to Volunteer for Change: A Guide to Environmental Community Service (below)-providing examples of volunteer projects for recycling, reuse, compost, and household hazardous waste.

Volunteer for Change: A Guide to Environmental Community Service (PDF) (24pp, 573.0k, about PDF)

Offers suggestions and examples of volunteer opportunities and projects related to material and waste management.

Service-Learning: Education Beyond the Classroom (PDF) (32pp, 933.9k, about PDF)

This booklet describes how students across the country are gaining hands - on awareness of waste reduction, recycling, and composting.

Setting up Programs:


Reuse + Recycling = Waste Reduction: A Guide for Schools and Groups (PDF) (32pp, 1.1MB, about PDF)

Describes various waste reduction options for schools and school-related groups such as Girl and Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H, or Future Farmers. Provides information on how to conduct a reuse or recycling drive, develop a waste reduction program, receive credit accounts at local recycling/material collection centers, and more.

Waste Prevention, Recycling, and Composting Options: Lessons from 30 Communities

Analyzes the actual operating experience of 30 diverse communities, some with high materials recovery rates and others with model waste reduction initiatives. Offers lessons for communities wanting to strengthen their own programs.

It's Easy Being Green: A Guide to Planning and Conducting Environmentally Aware Meetings and Events

Provides an outline for planning environmentally aware events such as meetings, workshops, festivals, picnics, and sporting events. Includes profiles of successful events that have been held, and step by step procedures for coordinating events using a planning checklist.

Food Recovery-

Don't Throw Away That Food: Strategies for Record-Setting Waste Reduction

Provides case studies from several communities for recovery of food discards.

Waste Not, Want Not: Feeding the Hungry and Reducing Solid Waste Through Food Recovery (PDF) (59pp, 1.5MB, about PDF)

Explains how any state, municipality, or private business that deals with food, can reduce its solid waste by facilitating the donation of wholesome surplus food according to the food hierarchy. Also lists ways you can join the growing food recovery movement, and provides a framework to help you protect the environment while making a difference in the daily lives and futures of hungry families across our nation.

Putting Surplus Food to Good Use: A How-To Guide for Food Service Providers (PDF) (2pp, 208K, about PDF)

Provides guidance for food service providers-supermarkets, hospitals, universities, restaurants, and food preparation companies-about what to do with leftover food.


Chemical Management-

Building Successful Programs to Address Chemical Risks in Schools (173pp, 1.5MB, about PDF)

This workbook provides templates, tips, and techniques on safe chemical management in schools.

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