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askHRgreen.org | November 2012 

Green Learning

 

Do you know exactly where the water goes when it rains in Hampton Roads? Or the name of the watershed in which area residents reside? The region's sixth grade students will when they immerse themselves in Green Learning, a free educational guide that is now available to all sixth grade classrooms in Hampton Roads, courtesy of askHRgreen.org.

 

Written according to Virginia SOL guidelines by a team of experts who work in the region's public works and public utilities departments, Green Learning connects students to their environment by combining educational information with colorful maps, bold graphics, puzzles and fun activities. 

 

Green Learning is packed with interesting environmental information that is specific to our region. For instance, students will: 

  • Explore watersheds and what it means to live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed  
  • Learn how to prevent stormwater pollution and identify ways to help keep waterways clean  
  • Analyze daily water use to learn ways they can conserve resources to become environmental stewards at home and at school.

Presently, askHRgreen.org is distributing Green Learning and an accompanying Teacher's Guide to all sixth grade classes in the Hampton Roads area. To download both documents visit askHRgreen.org/Green-Learning. For printed copies of Green Learning, please send an email request to HRGreen@hrpdcva.gov.

Thanksgiving Turkey FOG

 

Don't be a turkey with your kitchen clean-up this holiday season. Improper disposal of fats, oils and grease, or FOG, rendered from turkey roasting and frying is a common mistake, and askHRgreen.org urges at-home chefs to collect and dispose of these drain-clogging substances properly. Avoiding FOG buildup is as easy as 1, 2, 3. 

  1. Can the Grease. Pour small amounts of used cooking grease into an empty, heat safe container, such as a soup can, and store it in the freezer. Once solidified, toss the can into the garbage.  
  2. Scrape Your Plate. Wipe all pots, pans, dishes, and cooking utensils with a paper towel prior to washing to absorb the grease.  
  3. Catch the Scraps. Eliminate using the garbage disposal. Catch food scraps in your sink with a basket or strainer and toss them into the trash.

Hosts also should avoid depositing other oil-based foods down the drain and garbage disposal. No-no's include fatty substances such as lards/shortening, butter/margarine, food scraps, dairy products, batter and icing, salad dressings and sauces. For more information on ways to keep a clean, green kitchen, along with turkey frying facts, click here.

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Last Call for Yesterday's Electronics!

 

Don't miss askHRgreen.org's two electronics recycling events:

 

Nov. 12 at The Home Depot at 325 Chatham Drive in Newport News and

 

Nov. 17 at Mount Trashmore at the corner of Edwin Drive and South Boulevard in Virginia Beach.

 

Both events will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held in conjunction with America Recycles Day and co-presented by Synergy Recycling, residents and businesses may bring up to one pickup truck full of electronic devices to be recycled. In addition, safe, secure document shredding will be available courtesy of Stealth Shredding.

 

For a list of accepted items, please visit askHRgreen.org/ARD.


Recycle your old electronics
 

Good to Do tips for electronic recycling  

 

Other ways to dispose of leftover cooking oil:

 

Mix the cooking oil with unscented kitty litter (avoid scented/disinfectant products), then place in the trash.

 

Recycle gallons of left-over turkey-frying oil at your community's transfer or recycling center. Click here for a listing of local fryer oil recycling locations

 

Store the oil for later use. It will keep up to six months and can be reused up to six hours of fry time. Strain the oil first, then store in the freezer.

 

Download a turkey frying fact sheet, courtesy of askHRgreen.org!

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