By KRISTEN VON HOFFMANN
You may have heard the term “sustainability,” but what does it mean exactly? Sustainability refers to human systems that run for a long time with little or no harm to the natural environment. In your classroom, the most immediate way to start a sustainability plan is to create a classroom green team. The team can create categories for chores, such as: Energy, Waste Disposal, Food, Products, and Greenspace.
Here are some ideas:
In Your Classroom
• Unplug electronics when you’re not using them.
• Turn off lights when you leave the classroom as a group.
• Use recycled paper for homework and classwork.
• Re-use containers for storage.
• Re-use safe waste materials for class projects.
In Your School
• Walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation to get to school.
• Implement a school-wide recycling program.
• Produce materials to educate students about how to recycle metals, bottles, paper, newspapers, magazines,
cardboard and plastics.
• If you bring your lunch to school, use reusable bags and bottles.
• Start a school garden to learn about the health, environmental and taste benefits of organic food.
Kristen von Hoffmann is founder of Greenfox Schools. For more information, go to www.greenfoxschools.com