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The ABCs of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling

While your mind may be thinking about reading, writing and arithmetic as the school year approaches, we want to keep you thinking about reducing, reusing and recycling! Follow these simple and green back-to-school tips as you plan for the academic year ahead:

  • Take inventory: Before you hit the store for school supplies, take inventory of what you already have around the house: binders, pencil cases, supply boxes and backpacks.   You might be surprised by what you can reuse from last school year.  
  • Close the loop: When you buy products made from recycled materials, you close the recycling loop. Notebook paper, pens/pencils, binders and even book bags can all be made from recycled materials. Look for these products when you shop.  
  • Waste-free lunch: You don't have to pack green eggs and ham to send your child to school with a green lunch. Follow these quick tips for a waste-free lunch:
    • Use meal/snack containers instead of plastic baggies
    • Send flatware instead of disposable utensils
    • Use refillable drink bottles instead of juice boxes and bottled water  
  • Eat locally: Buying locally-grown and locally-produced foods will reduce your carbon footprint with the added bonus of getting healthy foods into your child's tummy.  
  • Buy used and save: Consignment and thrift stores give clothes a second life and your wallet a break! Before you buy new, check out what's available at your local secondhand stores.  
  • Green transit: While walking or biking to school is the greenest way to get to class, sending your child to school on the bus saves gas and puts less cars on the road, resulting in fewer CO2 emissions and improved air quality.
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Greening Up the Classroom

"Back-to-school" time is always a busy time for teachers and students alike, but it doesn't take much to set a good example in the classroom. Here are some quick and easy ways to teach students about the importance of conserving resources.

Rethink your routines.
Find creative ways to reuse paper and other supplies in the classroom. That old math test could become next week's origami art project! Take an extra five minutes at recess to have students do a campus clean-up.
Make recycling easy and accessible.
Have recycling receptacles readily available in the classroom and encourage their use. Assign a "recycling monitor" to be in charge of making sure recyclables don't end up in the trash.
Take the askHRgreen.org pledge.
Publicly commit your classroom to being green by taking the askHRgreen.org Classroom Pledge. A school recycling program gets everyone thinking, so have students sign this pledge that encourages them to be good green stewards at school and at home.

Reward green behavior.
Try implementing a "caught being green" award system to catch students in the act of reducing, reusing, and recycling and recognize them for their good stewardship.
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Green Learning Guides for Sixth-Grade Classrooms

 
Sixth-grade teachers, would you like a fun and engaging study guide to complement your Earth Science studies? 

 

Contact us for free issues of askHRgreen.org's Green Learning guideWritten according to Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) guidelines by a team of experts who work in the region's public works and public utilities departments, the guide is packed with info, puzzlers and graphics about the Chesapeake Bay watershed, pollution prevention, stormwater management, water conservation and tips on how students can be good environmental stewards. For a preview, download the Green Learning educational guide. To request copies, email us at HRgreen@hrpdcva.gov.

 

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askHRgreen.org Welcomes Rebekah Eastep!

Left to right: Rebekah, Katie and Julia.

Meet the newest member of the askHRgreen.org team! Rebekah Eastep joined the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) in July as an environmental planner. Having lived or worked in Poquoson, Newport News, Hampton, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk, Rebekah is truly a member of the greater Hampton Roads community. She has an educational background in environmental policy with a particular interest in water resources management. Rebekah has previously worked with small towns in eastern North Carolina to advocate economic development through investment in local assets such as arts, entrepreneurs and natural resources. 

 

On the askHRgreen.org environmental education and awareness campaign, Rebekah joins Julia B. Hillegass, who has served as the HRPDC's public information and community affair administrator for 15 years and is the official "Go Team!" campaign leader, and Katie Cullipher, a senior environmental education planner and "Let's Talk Green" blogger. Working together with HRSD and the 16 cities and counties represented by askHRgreen.org, this trio is excited about continuing the campaign's mission to educate the public about the value of our region's natural resources and the simple things we can do to protect them. Follow Rebekah and Katie on the Let's Talk Green blog.

Go to the Top of the Class at Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Expo

 

The Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Expo is Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach. Geared toward K-12 educators throughout Hampton Roads, the speaker series will put the spotlight on how to integrate sustainability in the classroom. That's a topic that really gets us fired up here at askHRgreen.org! At the Expo, find out about local sustainability opportunities, including educational programs offered by NASA, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lynnhaven River Now and the U.S. Green Building Council. Explore the successes and strategies of sustainability in the classroom in face-to-face interaction with nationally-recognized speaker Stephen Ritz. Attendees can also register to win a $500 environmental education mini-grant from askHRgreen.org to fund a project in their school or community. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The School Divisions of Franklin, Gloucester, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach will honor attendance towards continuing education credits. Check for details and plan to join us.

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