We are all about making the world a more eco-friendly place to live – for now and in the future. We have talked about all kinds of ways to be more eco-friendly at home, in the yard and at the office, not to mention on the roads. What about our schools practicing being more green and eco-friendly?
The following are 6 ways how the schools in your area can become more eco-friendly:
Education: Schools are a place to educate the students with geography, history, math, reading, writing and all, why no educate them on eco-friendly ways of living too? It is in the home and at school that the behaviour and mindset of the up and coming generations can be formed. Our schools need to teach the students about climate change, global warming, renewable resources and everything about the exciting technologies that are available today. Teach them about recycling and repurposing. Teach them about green building.
Paper Reduction: Use emails instead of printing and handout paper to the parents. And if you have to print (permission slips and such) use both sides of the paper
Lighting: According to the EPA, by changing one standard light bulb out with a fluorescent light bulb, over three million homes could be lit up in a year’s time. Imagine what could happen if schools replaced every standard light bulb with fluorescent bulbs?
Recycle, Repurpose and Reuse: Practice what you teach the kids and recycle, repurpose and reuse anything and everything possible. Most cities have recycle programs and will provide recycle beins for aluminium, cardboard and paper. Teach the kids about compost and start a compost pile to use in a school garden. Art classes can use things like chipped coffee cups, cracked dishes and non-porous things that may be garbage for most people.
Quit Idling: Schools need to look at their student transportation methods and if they don’t already have one in place, create a bus lane and car drop off and pick up lanes. Encourage parents to create carpools and have ample amount of secure bike racks.