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Reducing and Recovering Wasted Food in Schools - Lessons from the Cafeteria Line
The ABC's of K-12 Food Waste Reduction: Start with the Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits


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Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools
Project Produce Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools


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Best Practices for Food Recovery and Gleaning in the National School Lunch Program: SY 1998-1999
Type: Case Study - Manual/Handbook - School Projects
Summary: This manual describes how the school districts used USDA grant funds to recover food from their cafeterias and donate it to the needy. Includes information on systems to recover, store, and donate the recovered food and how schools formed partnerships with lo...
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Cathy's Crawly Composters
Type: Article/Report - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Web site for a vermicomposting operation in Onatario, Canada.
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Composting: Nature's Recycling Program
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study - Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: EDF provides directions on how to begin a waste prevention initiative at school as well as how to compost and what supplies are required. They offer a case study and a biblioresource.
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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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Food Scrap Compost, Food Scrap Management
Type: Case Study - Fact sheet
Summary: While some excess food can be donated much will end up in landfills that could be composted. This site provides guidance on establishing a kitchen compost for food scrap management in a school. See how they recommend working with your waste hauler and local...
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Food Service Waste Reduction Tips and Ideas
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This California Integrated Waste Management Board fact sheet provides a list of tips for reducing restaurant and cafeteria waste.
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Green Schools Checklist: Environmental Actions for Schools to Consider (PDF)
Type: Checklist
Summary: This checklist offers tips and resources to help schools identify opportunities to “green” their buildings and operations, ranging from the solid waste they generate, to the indoor environment they provide, to the energy and supplies they consume. Emphasis has...
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Health and Safety Guide for K-12 Schools in Washington
Type: Checklist - List - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This guide's primary focus is to recommend good health and safety practices to help ensure safer schools in the state of Washington. It is not aimed at prevention intentional violence in schools. It shall jointly prepare a guide for use by department personn...
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Healthy Schools Campaign
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: The mission of the Healthy Schools Campaign is to advocate for policies and model programs that allow students and staff members to learn and work in a healthy school environment. To accomplish this goal HSC addresses environmental health and school nutrition/...
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IAQ Tools for Schools Kit - Ventilation Checklist
Type: Checklist
Summary: Checklists for administration, building maintenance, food service, health officer, integrated pest managmenet, renovation and repairs, school officials, teacher's classroom, ventilation, walk though inspection, and waste management are all available from this...
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Master Composter
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: This site provides information on how to compost, how to use finished compost, the benefits of composting, what to compost, and many other topics related to home composting. You can compost with almost no effort or you can become an expert. The more you work a...
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Peres Elementary School, Richmond, CA and the West Contra Costa Unified School District
Type: Case Study
Summary: Food waste disposal was reduced at the school through source reduction and recycling. Biodegradable utensils were colelcted for composting offsite, alogn with leftover food, milk cartons and soiled paper. The case study is 21 pages.
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Practical Model for School Organics Recovery
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: An article in the February 2006 BioCycle features the Vancouver School District (in Washington) and their composting efforts of food scraps.
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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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Safe Schools
Type: Article/Report - Checklist
Summary: Safe Schools, a project supported by the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Vocational-Technical, Career and Innovative Programs to help schools reduce risk from occupational safety and health hazards. The project is administered through the Public...
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Vermicomposting
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Instruction on vermicomposting in the classroom, at home, and as an academic exercise are provided. Resources include fact sheets on the role of worms, worm and worm bin supply sources, classroom worm composting and an animated interactive game (The Adventure...
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