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Funding Opportunities

Rockefeller Family Fund The Environment


Contacts

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Recycling, City of Urbana (Illinois) Environmental Management Division
Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County
Waukesha County Recycling &Solid Waste
Whole Building Design Guide, National Intitute of Building Science


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42 Ways to Trim Your Holiday Wasteline
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: Are you a waste-wise warrior or merely a waste-wise wannabe? Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra t...
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Are you Dreaming of the Perfect Holiday
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Some thoughts to consider over the holidays as we march through the frenzy of consumerism.
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Basic Facts of Municipal Solid Waste
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: This provides a good resource for obtaining a large variety of facts and statistical information on solid waste. Values, trends, statistical data and glossary are accessible.
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Besmart
Type: Web site
Summary: This waste reduction website from Wisconsin highlights events and efforts from their state and identifies national resources as well as creative events and programs that could be modified for local use.
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Buy Nothing Christmas
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - Holiday - Web site
Summary: This is a suggestions from neighbors in Canada and how to initiate a "buy nothing Christmas" They offer ready to print coupons for desserts, child care or back massages. Some interesting Christmas Carols can be found ie Consume WOnderland; Uh Oh We're in the...
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California Integrated Waste Management for State Agencies
Type: Web site
Summary: "The Board promotes a zero waste California in partnership with local government, industry, and the public. This means managing the estimated 76 million tons of waste generated each year by reducing waste whenever possible, promoting the management of all mate...
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Camp Arroyo Environmental Education Center
Type: Case Study
Summary: State-of-the-art sustainable design principles were integrated into the process from the initial demolition of an existing building. On-site demolition and recycling of the old foundations lead to energy efficient design complete with "solar energy for water a...
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Choose to Reuse: An Encyclopedia of Services, Products, Programs & Charitable Organizations that Foster Reuse
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Recycled Products
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorsNikki and David Goldbeck

ISBN09606138-6-2

Opportunities that address reuse are provided in this encyclopedia. Each resource or service lists suggestions for maintenace or repair where appropriate, rental op...

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Christmas Tree and Holiday recycling
Type: Article/Report - Holiday - Web site
Summary: Before recycling trees in your neighborhoods, be sure to check local requirements on what will be accepted and their programs operate. This provides suggestions on Recycling holiday trees (if you have to) in California.
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CIWMB School District Diversion Project
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Report describing the California Integrated Waste Management Board's (CIWMB) School District Diversion Project (June 2000-November 2001), initiated in response to legislation. The project's key objectives were to (1) develop a model methodology enabling school...
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Cradle to Cradle, Remaking the Way We Make Things
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: NonFiction

Authors, William McDonough and Michael Braungart

ISBN 0865475873 April 22, 2002

These authors examine the way things are produced and recycled and how humans consume. They want to eliminate waste altogether yet preserve...

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Deck the Halls with Less Waste this Year!
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Holiday - Web site
Summary: As part of their ongoing efforts to cut trash in half, the California Integrated Waste Management Board would like to help you cut the amount of trash you put out at the curb during the upcoming holiday season. This site is a one-stop site for all the informat...
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Division of Waste Management (Kentucky)
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: A directory, education section, fact sheets, forms, news and events as well as links to other environmental resources and programs are offered. Programs include a hazardous waste program, enforcement, field operations, solid waste, superfund and more.
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Educating children to be the Future responsible consumers
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: A collection of resources from Europe that emphasize back-to-school green campaigns, waste prevention in school curricula, and overviews of activities and logic supporting these activities.
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Environmental Compliance and Best Management Practices Guidance Manual for K-12 Schools
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This user-friendly manual is organized into typical school departments (administration, academic, facilities operation and maintenance, grounds, custodial, transportation, nursing and printing. Within each “unit” are the various programs. Within facilities ope...
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Environmental Virtual Campus
Type: Web site
Summary: Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this virtual campus uses an engaging, intuitive format to highlight potential environmental issues at nine campus areas, and provides compliance information and good management practices on a number...
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E-Scrap Management Toolkit
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: Through a series of stakeholder meetings, the IRC has created a toolkit to help Indiana's local governments, businesses, non-profits, recyclers, and residents understand how to manage e-scrap properly. The toolkit is available for downloading.
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Get in the Zero Waste Holiday Spirit!
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Holiday
Summary: Garbage, is it what you really want for Christmas. Is zero waste possible?
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Go Green Initiative
Type: Web site
Summary: The Go Green Initiative is a simple, comprehensive program designed to create a culture of environmental responsibility on school campuses across the nation. Founded in 2002, the Go Green Initiative unites parents, students, teachers and school administrators...
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Great Green Gift Giving Guide, The
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Holiday - Web site
Summary: Tips from environmental professionals for giving easy-on-the-planet presents that go way beyond the basics, ie send a kid to camp, adopt a manatee, or watch skunks by moonlight with a night spotting scope.
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Green Flag Program
Type: Case Study - Checklist
Summary: The Green Flag Program is a project of the Child Proofing our Communities Campaign coordinated by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. They offer a start up kit to help school communities learn about the program and its materials describe how to fo...
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Green Halloween
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 2-page pdf provides suggestions for having an environmentally friendly Halloween.
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Have a Green Halloween Says Environmental Defense
Type: Article/Report - Holiday
Summary: Suggestions for environmental choices and solutions over Halloween.
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Have a Wonderful Waste Free Christmas
Type: Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Holiday - Web site
Summary: Suggestions are provided for How to have a waste-free Christmas. Simple suggestions are included for wrapping, entertaining, decorating and green gifts. They also offer a "Have a Wonderful Waste Free Christmas" teacher's package and brochure.
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Heroes High Performance Demonstration School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Heroes Elementary School will be a Collaborative for High Performance School demonstration school. It is the first high performance school to emphasize focusing on recycled-content products and site waste management.
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Higher Energy Costs Need Not Dim Your Holiday Cheer
Type: Article/Report
Summary: The Alliance to Save Energy offers fun yet practical tips for an energy-efficient holiday season.
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Holiday Waste Reduction Tips
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - School Projects
Summary: Waste reduction suggestions for all major holidays can be found at this site. These include Halloween, fall holidays, New Years and more.
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How much energy is consumed by outdoor display lighting.
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Holiday - School Projects
Summary: What are the costs for outdoor lighting? This could be combined with lessons on energy efficiency and math.
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Illinois Rain Garden Initiative
Type: Web site
Summary: The Illinois Rain Garden Initiative is an environmental initiative of the Lieutenant Governor's Office to help prevent flooding and improve stormwater management. As part of the initiative, schools across Illinois will plant rain gardens consisting entirely o...
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It's Time to Open the Gifts!
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Holiday - Web site
Summary: Before opening all those gaily wrapped packages, CIMB provides a few hints to get you through the mountains of ribbon, stuffing, and wrapping.
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Laptop Lunches: Tools to Eat Smart
Type: Article/Report - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Their mission is to provide suggestions for creating fun, practical food containers and user guides that promote better nutrition and waste reduction. Their website provides newsletters with valuable information, recipes, community projects (from around the c...
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Make Your Holiday a Wild One!
Type: Holiday - School Projects
Summary: Gife gifts that don't require wrapping, you don't have to drive to pick up, and that can benefit conservation efforts.
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Make Your Moms Proud
Type: Article/Report - Holiday
Summary: If you love your mothers and you love the planet, use this list of suggestions for some ideas.
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Maryland Department of the Environment Land Programs
Type: Article/Report - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: To protect human health and preserve and restore land and water resources, MDE implements various programs ensuring the control and proper disposal of waste, managing lead paint compliance activities, assuring that oil is handled in an environmentally safe man...
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Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 1995-2000 Facts and Figures
Type: Article/Report - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: These reports reports provide all of the publications 1995 through 2000 in a series of publications describing the national waste stream based on data collected. The historical perspective provided by the data is useful for establishing trends in types of muni...
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Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2001 Facts and Figures
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This report is the latest publication in a series of publications describing the national waste stream based on data collected from 1960 through 2001. The historical perspective provided by the data is useful for establishing trends in types of municipal solid...
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No-Waste Gift-Giving and Gift-Wrapping Ideas
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Holiday - Web site
Summary: A few creative and easy-to-do ideas and suggestions are offered.
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No-waste Holiday
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: If you're reading this, the "holiday season" has begun. Time to share with family and friends often becomes lots of time shopping, parties and gatherings, food preparation—and stress. Are you feeling "holidazed"? Do you find yourself wondering how the season p...
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No-Waste Holiday Ideas
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: Holiday tree options, gift wrapping, giving, decorating, and entertaining green tips are provided. Some unusual suggestions are included in these lists that would be simple to implement this holiday season.
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Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance (Indiana)
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Browse by topics or search through specific categories incuding Indiana grants and awards, community efforts, recycling projects, and publications and forms. Links to the Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts Environmental Educators and a Kids page are pro...
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P2 Tips for Reducing Holiday Waste
Type: Fact sheet - Holiday - School Projects - Web site
Summary: This site offers a few suggestions and several links, including a link to the St Judes Ranch Recycled Card Project. This could become a student-led school-wide project.
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Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners
Type: Manual/Handbook - School Projects
Summary: A detailed manual that covers rain garden sizing and siting, constructon details and planting and maintenance. Includes 11 conceptual planting designs with plant species lists. (PDF Format; Length: 32 pages)
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Recycle-Content Product Directory
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This content product directory lists thousands of recycled products and provides information on the companies that reprocess, manufacture and/or distribute these products. From the home page you can conduct a product search, business/company search, product t...
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Recycled Christmas Tree
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Holiday - Web site
Summary: Instruction on how to make disposable and environmentally free ornaments are provided.
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Recycled Holiday Crafts, Watching Your Waste at the Holidays
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Holiday - Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: Crafts, crafts and more crafts abound along with explanations on recycling metal, plastic and glass. Some very different suggestions for projects include "Christmas Card Balls"
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Recycling and Measurement
Type: Article/Report - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This offers links that allow access to a number of recycling measurement documents as well as worksheets, survey forms, conversion factors and more.
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Rejoice
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet - Holiday
Summary: Is it possible to reduce waste during the "giving" season of the year? Tips and techniques for both celebrating and giving green during the November and December holiday season. These tips are complemented by additional links for those who want to know more.
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Rethinking School Lunch
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - School Projects
Summary: The RSL guide provides tools and creative solutions to the challenges of improving school lunch programs, student performance, and the well-being of our children. Drawing from first-hand experience, each of the 10 chapters highlights goals and challenges, show...
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Reuse + Recycling = Waste Reduction A Guide for Schools & Groups
Type: Case Study - Manual/Handbook - School Projects
Summary: "Organized groups have a tremendous opportunity to operate waste reduction programs. School-related groups might include science classes, environmental clubs and parent-teacher organizations. Other groups might include Girl and Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club...
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School Waste Diversion Programs in Other States
Summary: A variety of states around the country have implemented specific laws that facilitate the diversion of school waste from disposal through waste prevention, recycling, and composting. The California IWMB identifies most of these states, describes their programs...
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School Waste Reduction
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - List - Web site
Summary: Overview and guidelines for reducing school waste, regardless of your responsibiity: school district administrator, recycling conscious teacher or students, or city/county recycling coordinator. These apply to California, but can be examples for other regions....
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Schools and Waste
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This two-page fact sheet offers suggestions for reducing waste in schools that includes the cafeteria.
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Schools, Colleges and Universities: Products Containing Persistent, Bioaccumulative Toxic Chemicals (PBTs)
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This factsheet provides a list of products commonly used in educational institutions, the PBTs they contain, and PBT-free alternatives to these products. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
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Setting up a School Recycling and Waste Reduction Program
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - List - School Projects - Web site
Summary: An outline for establishing a school recycling program at school provides steps, educating the students, conducting waste audits, developing compost and more. Use their side bar and explore the various suggestions and examples.
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Solid Waste Publications (US EPA) in Spanish
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - List - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Posters, documents, education resources on solid waste in English and Spanish.
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This Halloween, think green Ten tipcs for an earth-friendly holiday
Type: Article/Report - Holiday
Summary: Ten cute, timely environmentally friendly suggestions for reducing waste at halloween.
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Tips for a Cleaner, Greener Holiday
Type: Checklist - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: Celebrate a clean environment along with the holidays and manage your garbage and waste through careful selection of materials for gifts, entertaining and decorating.
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Trash-Free Festival for the Eno
Type: School Projects - Web site
Summary: This festival has been celebrated since 1979 and has promoted environmental awareness and stewardship. In 1992 the Association made a commitment to reduce landfill-bound waste and began offering a trash-fress festival. This is an example of doing what we say...
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True Green@ Work
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study
Summary: Author: Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin, pages: 144, ISBN 9780733321887 Whether you work in an office, shop or factory, run your own business or manage a corporation ... taking care of the environment is easier than you think. See also: http://www.epinions.com/con...
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Unplug the Christmas Machine: A Complete Guide to Putting Love and Joy Back into the Season
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Holiday
Summary: Non-fiction

Author, Robinson, Jo and Jean C. Staeheli

ISBN 0688109616

The authors talk about techniques for celebrating Christmas without all of the stress. This book is in its 13th printing (as of November 2004).

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Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Recycled Products
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author,Robert Lilienfeld

AIN 449001687

The authors campaign to change consumer habits. Recycling is a good thing, but preventing the potential entry of products into the waste stream is far more desirable. Using less stuff...

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Waste Prevention in Gift Wrapping 10 Simple Ideas
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: Breaking the "gift-wrap" habit isn't easy, but it can be done with some of these suggestions.
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Waste Prevention Terms
Type: Glossary
Summary: Postconsumer Content, Postmanufacture Content, Precycling, etc. Perhaps some clarification might help. Non-technical definitions of common waste prevention terms are provided.
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Waste Statistics
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Statistics are provided for Waste, Steel Cans, Yard Waste,HDPE Bottles and Containers, Corrugated Boxes, PET, Newspapers, and Aluminum.
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Waste-Free Christmas Green Holiday
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - Holiday - Web site
Summary: This 42-page PDF provides conservation reasons behind some of the concerns and it offers suggestions for activities to replace traditional habits (entertaining,decorating (The Edible Tree), gift-giving, and wrapping.
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Waste-free Lunch Programs
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - School Projects - Workshops
Summary: This is a "how-to" site for developing a waste-free lunch program at a school. The program was created as a grassroots efforts by some concerned parents. Their waste-free lunch program started when a group of parents noticed how much trash the students were g...
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What Kids Really Want that Money Can't Buy
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Holiday - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Non-fiction

Author, Taylor, Betsy and Center for a New American Dream

ISBN 0446529648

This practical book explores children's needs and recommends ways to parent in commercial worlds. Appropriate chapters include More Fun and Less Stu...

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