Community Recycle Rally – Promote that people at the school and in the surrounding community drop off reusable/recycleable items. Items may include eye glasses, electronics, paper, clothes, car/truck/household batteries, books, printer cartridges, phone books, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, plastic bottles, cell phones, etc. Folks can drop off items in the morning. Facilitator and team sort items and arrange pick up from various organizations in the afternoon.
Recyclemania – Challenge a group of schools to see who can get the most volume in their recycle dumpsters in an established timeframe (for details, Google recyclemania). Coordinate with SWS and David Garcia, DCPS Contract Coordinator.
Lighting Control Audit – Survey the whole school and write down which areas do not have occupancy sensors to shut off lights automatically when no one is there. Report findings to Energy Director.
Campus Clean Up – Meet students and parents after hours or on a Saturday and spruce up the campus.
Water Audit -- Survey the whole school and write down which areas have leaky faucets – inside and out. Report findings to Energy Director.
Campus Show Off Day – If you have a school garden, new lights, occupancy sensors, rain barrels, etc., invite parents and the public to the campus to show off how your school is going green.
Signage – Similar to Campus Show Off Day, make and post signs in common areas describing how your school is going green. Point out the use of rain barrels, occupancy sensors, school garden, etc. Signs can tell how initiatives makes your school green, i.e., occupancy sensors save energy, gardens feed school families, rain barrels are used to cut irrigation costs, etc.
Green “Garden”- Give students, faculty, and the community a week to bring in their recyclable items. Make garden type signs and put the items in their respective places. Then have the students, faculty, and parents come out to see what a difference you can make in just a week. Looking at what others are recycling may increase their recycling efforts.
Green Kick-off. Have all the students wear green and invite the parents and community to kick off your school's going green spirit. You can have speaker(s) motivate everyone to begin going green and give some interesting and shocking facts and tips.
Technology Ramp-up - Using the school’s existing technology, have classes brainstorm ways they can make their schools and communities better. Have the classes make powerpoints, smartboard games, or videos to share with the rest of the school and communities. If technology is not available, have students make posters or brochures. You can do something like a how-to that aligns with the writing standard to share with other grade levels as well. Each grade level can pick a different topic (3 R's, energy conservation, water conservation, etc.)
Decomposition Garden- In an unused area of campus, bury various items in the ground (eg. diaper, newspaper, plastic bottle, styrofoam, cans, etc.). Be sure you make a sign for each item planted so you don't lose it. At the end of the year, dig up the items to see what decomposed and at what rate. This is a great way for students to see what happens at a landfill.
Green Passport – On Green Apple Day of Service, students receive a passport to have stamped at each activity. There will be a paper drive, a green pledge, games, stencil our rain barrels, pick up litter and weeds, enjoy a green apple, etc. There will be 10 activities so I'll need volunteers to either run the activity or assist our faculty to run it. The activities will be from 9-11am. At 11am, passports will be turned in for drawings. So far, prizes include a recycled bicycle, gift cards, reusable bags.
Build a Compost Area – In a remote area of campus, install a few posts in the corner and some chicken wire for the walls. Insert compostable items throughout the year. Maybe set aside one day to collect all the leftover food in cafeteria. No meat or cheese. Use empty ice cream buckets, sand pails, etc. with a grocery store bag inside to minimize clean-up. Take the food to designated marked area and dump it. Students can observe decomposition of food, discuss the value of not sending to our city dumps, and realize that the food turns into dirt again that may be used to fertilize plants on campus.
Build Snipe Sign Bird Houses -- Make and hang snipe sign birdhouses. Steve Sherrill (Sandalwood HS) has video instructions.
Landscape Around Portables -- Plant trees/ shrubs on west side to help cool off the portable. Utilize the "gray" water coming from the a/c unit to water the new landscaping.
Memorial Garden -- Create a memorial garden so we can remember past students and teachers. Maybe utilize Arbor Day foundation so we can get a bunch of trees or crepe myrtles for the garden. Try to get donated bench and birdbath.
Class Posters -- Each class will create a poster showing what they are going do to make the school and community a healthier place and how they are going green. All the students and faculty will sign pledges and we will post them on our walls outside our classroom that week.
Build and Decorate Rain Barrels – Obtain donated rain barrels and donated or purchased rain barrel hardware kits. Have students decorate and set them up on schools campus.
Build School Garden – Obtain sponsors for materials and get volunteers to help build.
School and Community Pledge -- Students, faculty, and families pledge what they will do to reduce, reuse, recycle, conserve energy, conserve water, and promote sustainability. Each classroom will make poster depicting how students are going to do this at school, home, and in their communities. Students will take this discussion home to ensure that it doesn't just stay in the classroom.
Build an Aquaponics Community Garden -- This innovative way of gardening combines aquaculture (raising fish), with hydroponics (growing plants without soil). The green way of farming helps keep the environment from being contaminated by harmful toxins given off by traditional fertilizers.
Science Night – Bring together science-themed exhibitors and community leaders to showcase local environmental projects and initiatives.
Coastal Cleanup – Similar to Campus Clean up, organize group to clean up beach area.
Energy Audit – Survey HVAC systems to determine how to improve energy efficiency.