GRN Recycle Talk FAQ

Date: Thu Mar 27 1997 - 06:24:00 EST

Date: Thu, 27 Mar 97 11:24 WET
Subject: Re: Action plans on promoting environmental awareness (Lovely Girl)

March 27, 1997

Dear L.G.,

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has been operating The National Recycling in Schools Program for at least 5 years. They have lots of ideas on promoting this particular typle of environmental program. You can receive their literature (or join their program) by calling 202-293-7330.

Some of the ideas that they (and others suggest) include, involving all sectors of a school in planning and implementing a recycling program, auditing your trash and figuring out how much of what your school produces per week or month; making contacts with recyclers in your area for ideas for promotion, as well as:
slogan or logo contest
creating bulletin boards
showcase displays about recycling, including, what happens to x material after it is collected
a well-time, well-planned kickoff day followed by a plan to sustain the effort, even when school is out!!!

Another excellent handbook is called The Fourth R: An Implementation Guide for School Recycling Solid Waste Management by the Assn. of Vermont Recyclers, at tel: 802-229-1833.

Now, going beyond just recycling, there is an excellent environmental program development handbook intended for teachers and administrators that you can get a copy of by calling The Research Library for RCRA at 617-565-3282 (you re invited to). Ask for Getting Started: A Guide to Bringing Environmental Education Into Your Classroom. It includes actions to take, what to teach, and resources to use. Its by the University of Michigan.

Another beyond recycling handbook of things that you can do and ideas for publicizing it comes out of the New England Earth Day 1990 Action Guide which we used 7 years ago and had many things occur from its suggestions. I can send you a copy of this increasingly rare and useful item. It s called Every Day is Earth Day: Simple Practical Things you can do to help clean up the planet

-- Research Library for RCRA

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