BlueGreen Alliance, Green Jobs are Growing Georgia’s Economy, <http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/document/GA-Clean-Economy.pdf>, (11 June 2014)
Green Cup Challenge™ is a month long, inter-school competition that empowers students and builds community, while raising awareness about climate change and the importance of resource conservation. In 2008, two schools in Atlanta, The Marist School and Westminster Schools, hosted the first Green Cup Challenge for day schools. By 2009, 30 Georgia day schools participated which received statewide attention. Programs include Recycling, Energy, and Water Challenge.
Catch the Cycle is a guide produced by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs on how to start a recycling program in Georgia schools. Points can be earned in the USGBC Georgia Chapter Green Your School Competition for putting a recycling program into practice at your school.
The Sustainability Dashboard is a web-based application that you can use free-of-charge through USGBC GA chapter to measure and report on the school’s energy and water usage, waste/recycling material, cleaning products, office supplies and transportation, tracking the efficiency improvements to achieve environmental and financial goals.
Charity Recycling Service , a fifteen-year a clothing recycling company, partners with hundreds of organizations providing easy, no cost clothing collection and sustainable fund raising programs for your school’s sustainability initiatives. Whether a single clothing drive service project, such as Green Apple Day of Service, or larger scope projects such as the Green Your Schools Competition, CRS will provide programs and materials for metrics (real-time data of poundage diverted from landfills and repurposed), and green fund raising (school is paid quarterly at ten cents per pounds for all clothing and shoes collected). For ongoing recycling, CRS will provide onsite collection drop boxes which are USA manufactured stainless steel bins equipped with SmartBin technology sensors. This technology includes 24/7 sensors monitoring bin capacity which communicates with our software to alert for dispatch and pickup when nearing capacity. Real-time data is always available for dashboard and performance metrics. Bins can be branded with signage including school and HPHS logo. For information on clothing recycling programs for your school/district, contact Andrea Burroughs: (404) 663-5755.
RecycleMania for Higher Ed is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. The competition is a Keep America Beautiful program.
RecycleBowl for grades K-12 is a fun, fair and friendly competition among grade schools in the US. Public, private and charter schools are eligible; the competition includes bottles, cans and paper and lasts for 4 week in October and November. RecycleBowl associated with America Recycles Day (Nov 15) which is a Keep America Beautiful program.
Plastics and Recycling Awareness Week through One More Generation was developed as a way to further educate students about the impacts of plastic, plastic pollution, and recycling. The program was developed by two elementary age students who are passionate about the environment. While their passion has been noticed on the national stage, (Steve Harvey’s Heroes and other programs), the program is a resource local to Georgia. The program meets Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards. Grade Level: K-6 (Ages 5-12), Time: Five 60-minute periods on successive days
Carton Council has a program available for recycling milk cartons. Facilities are available in some Georgia districts (Gwinnett, DeKalb, and some of Fulton) with more on the way.
TerraCycles a highly-awarded, international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products. There is no cost for the program and schools can raise funds from the materials collected.
Georgia Recycling Coalition has created Ecoville, an interactive village that gives information about how to recycle at work, at home and in schools. The site also includes information on buying green products, green building resources, policies, green transportation and other resources. America Recycles Day in Georgia is a program of Georgia Recycling Coalition and Keep Georgia Beautiful, which facilitates the annual statewide observance of the America Recycles Day program on or around November 15th annually.
Keep Georgia Beautiful website includes resources on litter prevention, waste reduction and recycling, community greening, water, and education. Click here to find your local affiliate.
Keep Bartow Beautiful has worked with the school district to develop a program throughout the district.
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful has made it a mission that every school in Athens will have a vegetable garden accessible to enhance instruction that engages students, staff, families and the community. In addition, the Schoolyard Litter Gitters are making an impact on the school grounds.
Greenshortz has videos about energy, water and recycling that are produced in Georgia.
GA Wigglers has information on the care and feeding of worms for compost bins, as well as supplies to get you started.
RecycleWorks has information about performing a waste audit with a class and includes a spreadsheet for capturing the data during the audit.
Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment. Their Plastic Free Campuses is a global community of university and school campuses working towards reducing their plastic footprint.
Cornell Waste Management Institute, Waste Management Activities contains dozens of lesson plans regarding solid waste management, recycling, and composting.
EPA Resources cover their mission to protect human health and the environment by ensuring responsible national management of hazardous and nonhazardous waste.
Waste Free Lunches contains tips, research and success stories to create a waste free lunch program at a school. Developing a program is also available through the EPA website.
Water bottle filling stations can be installed as an addition to retrofit an existing water fountain or as part of a new system. This can be done as part of a campaign and give out water bottles to use.
The Story of Stuff began with a video that showed the cycle of production, use and disposal of all of the stuff in our lives. The program has grown to include podcasts, teaching tools and a blog.