National Green Schools Society
12 Pathways to Greening Your School
In honor of America Recycles Day on November 15th, our Pathway of the Month is Waste Management. And with Americans, alone, producing ~4.6 lbs of trash per person per day, waste is a HUGE problem!
That’s right. The U.S. may be just 5% of the world’s population, but we generate the most pounds of trash per person per day. Scarier yet, it’s estimated that about 10% of that is plastic waste. This plastic pollution poses, perhaps, the biggest threat of all! According to The Ecology Center in California, 12% of the entire municipal waste stream (of all trash) are various plastics as compared to the 1960s when it consisted of close to only 1% of the waste stream. In other words, that’s about 5 plastic bags filled with more plastic bags per foot of coastline.
I hope everyone’s school year is off to a raging start! So far this year we’ve covered how to make green and healthy improvements to our schools utilizing our Transportation and Food & Agriculture Pathways. Don’t forget to share with us the actions that YOUR school took– we can’t wait to see what you did! For the month of November, in honor of America Recycles Day on the 15th, the Pathway of the Month will be Waste Management. The U.S. may be just 5% of the world’s population, but did you know we generate the most pounds of trash per person per day?? That’s about 4.6 lbs of trash per person!! Scarier yet, it’s estimated that about 10% of that is plastic waste. So, now, your challenge: What is THE most creative use of re-purposing plastics or diverting trash from the landfill your school can create?
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Project Green Schools student leaders invited to lead events at the Paris Climate Conference- COP 21.
Over 50,000 world leaders from over 190 nations will meet in Paris to hopefully pass resolutions to combat climate change.
Project Green Schools students raise their voices for creating a healthier, more sustainable future for their generation and those that follow at COP 21.
Our students have already proven themselves at The White House and across the nation. Together with global partners and thousands of schools and organization we #ActOnClimate.