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5 Ways to Green Your Child’s School

5 Ways to Green Your Child’s School

By Healthy Child Healthy World

Does it pain you to walk through your child’s school and see just one recycling bin? Or maybe pesticide use in the school cafeteria or on the grounds is your greatest concern. Whatever the issue may be, there’s always a need to create more environmental awareness—for parents, teachers, and kids alike. Need help? Here are some easy steps to get eco-friendly practices and programs going in your school community.

1. Start a Green School Committee

A green school committee is a volunteer group dedicated to making school as safe and sustainable as it can be—a PTA for eco-concerns and school health issues. The green committee’s role is to identify the school’s environmental problems, research solutions, and implement changes that create the healthy surroundings. With both an exclusive purpose and the time to focus on it, a green school committee can accomplish things that might otherwise go undone.

If your school already has a green committee, join it! If not, found one. Start by reaching out to parents and any school staff with environmental sympathies and inviting them to an organizational meeting. Try to get some school employees on board if only in an advisory capacity; “insiders” will help your group be taken seriously.

2. Get Kids Involved

Programs that engage students are invaluable. Looking for ideas? Start a farm-to-cafeteria alliance, and support a local farm in an effort to provide healthy food as well as to educate.

3. Reduce Lunchroom Waste

The statistics around lunchroom waste, packaging and food are staggering. The EPA says packing a waste-free lunch saves 67 pounds of trash per nine-month school year (it also saves an average student $250—what a great incentive)! If your school isn’t up to adopting a zero-waste lunch policy, recycling and composting can help. Parents can encourage their kids to form clubs dedicated to both.

4. Create an Eco-Aware Environment

Establishing composting and recycling programs foster an overarching earth-friendly awareness. Post signs around the school to remind people to turn off lights when not in use. Taking a holistic approach to environmental issues is directly related to creating a healthy school.

5. Reach Out and Ask for Help

All it takes is an interested teacher or two to act as advisor. The PTA or a green committee can also get involved. As with most things kid-related, it takes a village.
For more information about how to create a healthy school environment, please visit our new free eBook, “Easy Steps to Healthy Schools & Daycares.”

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Healthy Child Healthy World

For more than 20 years Healthy Child Healthy World , a non-profit whose mission is to empower families to make better, safer choices, has been protecting children from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals. We are seeing increased evidence of the impact of these chemicals found in everyday products on children’s health. Through evidence-based information and up to date resources and programs, we help families, promote solutions, and influence policy.

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6:48AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

12:55AM PST on Jan 22, 2014

TY

7:37PM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Good to know should I decide to have kids--thanks

12:08PM PST on Dec 7, 2013

Im lucky the school my son is at is a very green school and welcome to extra ideas. Great article to share around my friends who aren't so lucky and the teachers I know too :) we can always do more and I believe the younger we instill the importance of 'green' in children the more likely they are to stick with it and pass it on x

6:35PM PST on Dec 3, 2013

ty

6:17AM PST on Nov 18, 2013

Very good ideas to help our children/grandchildren now, and teach them to be better world citizens in the future. Lead by example.

3:04PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Have the school join www.cooltheearth.org It presents kid with action to take that help with climate stabilization

11:54AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

Thank you.

6:07AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

Everything to be started when young

3:41PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

We need to not only ensure our schools are "greener" but also that our children and subsequent generations will have a clean, healthy environment in which all species are allowed to thrive.

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