Composting and Waste-Free Lunches at Western Trails Elementary School, Carol Stream, IL

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Western Trails is a public elementary school in Carol Stream, IL, Community Consolidated School District 93, serving 386 students during the 2016-2017 school year. With assistance from the environmental education non-profit SCARCE, Western Trails completed a waste audit in February 2015. The results showed that food scraps comprised 82% of the school’s waste stream. With this statistic in hand, the school decided to begin composting to reduce the amount of food scraps being sent to landfill.

Webinar: Green Cleaning for Improved Health: The Return on Investment of Green Cleaning in Schools

Thu, Jun 22, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CDT
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Registration is Now Open for NEEF’s National Environmental Education Week

Register now for the 13th annual National Environmental Education (EE) Week sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation. EE Week will be held from April 23-29, 2017. Registration provides you with resources for educators, resources for everyone and advance notice of special events and activities during EE Week.

 

Tackling Food Waste In Iowa’s K-12 Schools

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Audits at 17 schools found students generate more food waste at lunch than an initial estimate of 0.1 lbs/student, creating a baseline for prevention and recovery steps.

How Maker Mindsets Can Be An Easy Fit For Rural Schools

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The maker movement has expanded greatly in recent years and much of the attention has focused on cities with high population density and large well-funded school districts. In rural districts, teachers are also developing maker projects to help students gain the benefits that come from hands-on experiences, while better understanding the needs of their communities.

Take for instance the work being done by Brock Hamill at Corvallis High School in Montana. The students in his science class construct air sensors and analyze data in a way that helps address a problem unique to their community. Air pollution poses a problem for that region of Montana because of nearby forest fires and, in the winter, use of wood-burning stoves.

Nearly 8,000 U.S. public schools are plagued by toxic air

Read the full story at Grist.

Nearly 8,000 U.S. public schools lie within 500 feet of highways, truck routes, and other roads with significant traffic, according to a joint investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. That’s about one in every 11 public schools, serving roughly 4.4 million students and spread across every state in the nation. Thousands more private schools and Head Start centers are in the same fix.

Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids

Read the full story at ProPublica.

Effort meant to inform younger generations about energy and the environment sees sentences reworked and pie charts eliminated.