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ABCs of Environmental Education (Aluminum Beverage Cans), The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary
Summary: This provides an an educational package to better understand the aluminum beverage can industry and the processing and recycling of aluminum.
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Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Case Study - Database - Web site
Summary: This school is the home of Oberlin College's Environmental Studies Program. The schools and campus embrace the ecological philosophy by serving as a living laboratory "for the emerging field of ecological design". They offer live data on their energy perform...
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Aerosols and the Environment
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: The Consumer Aerosol Products Council offers education resources, background information and lessons to help increase awareness of our environment, ozone depletion and the affects of aerosols.
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All About Aluminum
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5. Students will use magnetism, appearance, and mass to distinguish between aluminum, tinned and bimetal cans; complete a math worksheet on the properties of metals; understand the connection between natural resources used...
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Aluminum Beverage Cans: ABCs of Environmental Education
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Glossary
Summary: Seven intermediate level lessons on aluminum cans, a history of can making as well as teacher and student background and glossaries makes this an useful site for teaching about aluminum cans.This is a standards-based lessons.
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America Recycles Day
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: Link to the National America Recycles Day
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America Recycles Day Aluminum Can Challenge
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: School Projects - Web site
Summary: The Can Manufacturers Institute and the Aluminum Can Council have partnered to provide a challenge for collecting aluminum cans as well as sheets and other aluminum products. This is to help generate recycling awareness. Visit the website for more informatio...
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Architeacher
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: A uniquely interesting resource has recently been brought to my attention that focuses on saving the environment by recycling buildings for new uses and preserving existing buildings. Historic Preservation Education, Community Planning, Architecture and Aesth...
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Basic Facts of Municipal Solid Waste
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Batteries (Recyclables)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Links for recycling batteries and information on types of batteries and how they can be recycled.
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Battery Drop Off Location Finder
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: Select USA or Canada and provide location information to locate a drop-off location.
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Battery Lesson Plan
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Students will use their science, mathematics, history, economics, chemistry and language arts skills while participating in interactive experiments and activities. The activities demonstrate how batteries work and they explore different types of batteries, ex...
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Battery Recycling and Disposal Guide for Households
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: This discussion of battery recycling addresses environmental hazards of household batteries, types of batteries and provides a summary table that compares battery type, common name and sizes with uses and proper disposal. Controversy exists on proper disposal,...
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Battery Solutions
Type: Fact sheet - Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: Tremendous opportunities exist in this New Age for advanced battery developments and safer and more cost effective recycling. Communities, local, state and federal governments, businesses and the citizenry will continue to press for new regulations and technol...
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Best of WonderScience (The), Over 200/400 Hands on Elementary Science Activities (Volumes I & 2)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Non-fiction, lesson and activity book

AuthorsAmerican Institute of Physics,American Mathematical Society, American Chemical Society

ISBN0534590314

More than 400 hands-on activities for grades K-8 with descriptions, illustrations and t...

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Bottle Biology An idea book for exploring the world through plastic bottles and other recyclable materials
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Non-fiction, lessons and classroom activities

Author Mrill Ingram

ISBN 084038601X

Observe decomposition in compost columns made from plastic bottles. Create model habitats and systems using two-liter soda pop bottles or plastic fil...

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California Integrated Waste Management for State Agencies
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
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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Call 2 Recycle
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: RBRC invites you as educators to help with their battery recycling effort. RBRC's school curriculum program provides an engaging and educational way to teach students the importance of recycling rechargeable batteries. The lesson plan uses batteries as the bas...
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Can Kids Save the Earth
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - School Projects
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Melvin Berger

ISBN 1-567840450

Simple activities are offered for kids to participate in to help save their environment and the world surrounding them.

Books listed in Greening Schools BiblioResources have...

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Case of the Broken Loop
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This mystery (detective) activity from US EPA helps guide learners to recognize ways to reduce waste and conserve resources. Life cycles are introduced and the Garbage Gremlin breaks the loop by tossing out trash instead or recycling or reusing.
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Case of the Broken Loop (Spanish)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Language Options
Summary: This mystery (detective) activity from US EPA helps guide learners to recognize ways to reduce waste and conserve resources. Life cycles are introduced and the Garbage Gremlin breaks the loop by tossing out trash instead or recycling or reusing. This 12 page...
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Christmas Tree and Holiday recycling
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Clean Sweep U.S.A.
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: The Keep America Beautiful project has a site for upper elementary and middle school students on six topics related to waste management, composting, recycling and recovery, landfills, and how waste materials can be burned to generate electricity. Additional te...
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College Recycling LInks
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: School Projects - Web site
Summary: Links about recycling and conserving for college students are offered.
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Composting in Schools
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study - Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Glossary - Web site
Summary: This site is provided by the Cornell Waste Management Institute and Cornell University. Cornell Composting privides scientific inquiry for high school students as well as instructions for observing compost invertegrates and microorganisms, ideas for student...
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Cradle to Cradle, Remaking the Way We Make Things
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
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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Crafting Aluminum Art and Foiling Around
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Holiday - Recycled Products - School Projects
Summary: Use aluminum cans to create aluminum wreaths and centerpieces. Free patterns are provided. A waste-free E-book is also sold and it appears to be chock full of creative projects including holiday crafts, baskets and boxes, wall hangings and more. Links to ot...
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Crayon Recycle Program
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - School Projects
Summary: The Crayon Recycle Program offers an opportunity to "do your part for the Earth" as well as a community service. Crayon drives can be organized and recycled. This program takes rejected, broken crayons and recycles them into new beautiful Crazy Crayons.
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Cycle of Plastics Recycling Quiz, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Glossary
Summary: Interactive, online games reinforce recycling and challenge the memory of lessons learned. These are good for elementary grades however some adults have spent too much time at the games.
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Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention (Ohio)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Database - List - Research - Web site
Summary: This website identifies potential community grants, recycling efforts in Ohio,rates and local contacts, a variety of studies including a Waste Characterization Study, educational tools and more.
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Division of Waste Management (Kentucky)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
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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Dumpster Diver, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author, Janet Wong, Illustrator David Roberts

ISBN 9780763623807

The topsy-turvy artwork keeps things light, but adults will find plenty to talk about with children, from the value of creative conservation to safe modeling of th...

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Earth Day -- Hooray
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - School Projects
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorMurphy, Stuart J and Renee Andriani (illustrator).

ISBN0-06-000127-5

AbstractA mathstart (place value) book for level 3, this book illustrates a class effort to conduct an earth day project. The author combines le...

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Earth Day Events for Families and Educators in Grayslake, Illinois
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Holiday
Summary: On April 13 an information-filled, free workshop for formal and non-formal educators (6 CPDU’s) will be offered., including public and private elementary and middle school teachers, as well as community leaders. A poster contest for students is being conducte...
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Earth Easy
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: Ideas for environmentally sustainable linving includes resources for living, growing, eating, play, clothing and giving. They have a large collection of book recommendations that support sustainable living. My attention was originally drawn through articles on...
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Environmental Benefits Calculator
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: With the generous assistance of the U.S. EPA and ICF Consulting, NRC recently expanded the power of the Environmental Benefits Calculator. You can now use the NRC calculator to compute environmental benefits from recycling carpets, personal computers, clay bri...
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Fast Facts about Waste Reduction
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Great links and documents as well as facts in 20 different categories.
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Games for Change (G4C)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: Games for Change (G4C) provides support, visibility and shared resources to organizations and individuals using digital games for social change. Includes several online games related to ecosystems and the environment.
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Garbage
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Garbage is a video available from A&E, a production from the History Channel. "Time was, folks just dumped garbage wherever they wanted--buried it in their backyards or threw it in the ocean. In the age of recycling and dwindling resources, these low-tech dis...
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Garbage Day Video
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: "A father and son embark on a family adventure to find out where garbage goes. Your child will visit recycling centers and landfills and learn all about the grand and bedazzling machinery used to collect and process everyday trash. Garbage Day!, already a nati...
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Garbage Monster, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Fiction

Author, Joni Sensel

ISBN 09601195-2

Young Jo is asked to take out the garbage, but doesn't. "It can take itself out." But he soon comes face to face with a garbage monster in this cute, awareness raising book. Visit www.dreamf...

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Georgina Blach Intermediate School
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Case Study
Summary: Gelfand RNP Architects and the Los Altos School District designed an intermediate school that exceeds Title 24 requirements by at least 15%. It features School exceeds Title 24 requirements by at least 15%; resource efficient materials; adaptive reuse of exist...
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Get to Know Glass
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: In this lesson for 4th and 5th grade students will learn about the process of making and molding glass, and the energy and natural resources used in the process, complete a math worksheet on the properties of glass, understand the connection between natural re...
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Giving Tree, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author, Shel Silverstein

ISBN 0060256656

The Giving Tree is a classic that can be used to address many concerns. Consider using it for product life cycle analysis, recycling, paper and renewable natural resources.

Books liste...

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Glossary (Petcore)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Glossary
Summary: A glossary, both technical and nontechnical is provided.
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Go Green Initiative
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Got Your Driver's License?
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Now that you have your driver's license, you have a big responsibility--not only for safely operating your car, but also for protecting the environment. This brochure is developed for teens to help them understand the need to recycle their used motor oil.
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Greening Our Schools Earth Day Activities
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Holiday
Summary: Elementary Teachers can begin development of a year's worth of lessons that support the mission of Earth Day. Earth Day IS every day. This list of 20 will expand to include lessons appropriate for each topic and for elementary education.
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Greening School Lesson Plan Format (PDF)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Lesson plans are beginning to appear in the Greening School's Resource list for teachers. Formal lessons will use this format. If you have lessons to submit that meet the greening principles, if they address chemistry, biology, geology, other sciences or art...
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Here Comes the Recycling Truck
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Meyer Seltzer

ISBN 0807532355

High quality photos help young children (K-3rd grade) understand the recycling process and the efforts involved in recycling.

Books listed in Greening Schools BiblioResources have been...

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Historic Neighborhood Schools Issues and Initiatives
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Resources for entering the discussions of preserving historic neighborhood schools are provided and these links include a publication, Why Johnny Can't Walk to School: Historic Neighborhood Schools in the Age of Sprawl, Smart Growth Schools Fact Sheet and Powe...
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Historic Schools Day, If These Schools Could Talk
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This is a lesson designed to help develop appreciation for historic buildings, architecture and historic value of neighborhoods and houses.
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How Many Minerals and Metals Does it Take to Make a Light Bulb
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: This "fact sheet" demonstrates the resources that go into creating something as simple as a lightbulb.It is accompanied by lessons.
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How Paper is Made
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Meish Goldish

ISBN 582735689

Examines the process of making paper.

Books listed in Greening Schools BiblioResources have been recommended as valuable tools in the teaching of the associated categories. For informa...

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IDEM Land Quality and Solid Waste Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Glossary
Summary: These lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparations, lessons and activities, extensions, standards, glossary of solid waste management terms and additional resources. The lessons focus on providing solid waste and landfill information. Some le...
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IDEM Recycling Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary
Summary: This lesson plan is appropriate for grades K-6 and is designed for Indiana standards, but easily modifiable for other state standards. Lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparation, lessons and activities, glossary of recycling terms and ways to...
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Illinois Sustainable Living Fair and Earth Day Celebration
Type: Holiday
Summary: Two full days of exploration into sustainability, 40 workshops and 50 exhibitors will promote Earth Day celebrations. The goal of the ISLF is to help business and community members make sustainable choices that are ecologically sound, economically viable, and...
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Imagination Factory, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - List - Recycled Products - School Projects
Summary: This site combines arts and crafts and environmental education (and a lot of recycling/reusing). Lessons and activities are offered, and a list of suggested art uses (for items commonly placed into the waste stream) is provided. Each of these links to a proj...
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Ins and Outs of Schools Facility Management
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Checklist
Summary:

Non-fiction

Authors, Tak Cheung Chan and Michael D. Richardson

ISBN 1-57886-191-8

These authors provide guidance to school administrators, school board members and community members as they begin the process of renovating th...

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Interesting Facts About Recycling (I Recycle)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - List
Summary: Facts, recycling tips and trends provides resources for understanding issues of recycling.
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ISTEP Newsletter Survey
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Tell ISTEP Staff What You Need, They’re Listening!

Take 10-15 minutes. Be one of the first 100 respondents to complete the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Illinois Sustainable Education Project (ISTEP) Survey and receive...

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It's Time to Open the Gifts!
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Journey to Forever
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: Journey to Forever is a pioneering expedition by a small mobile NGO involved in environment and rural development work, starting from Hong Kong and travelling 40,000 km through 26 countries in Asia and Africa to Cape Town, South Africa. Available in Spanish,...
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Junk Music
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Recycled Products
Summary: Up to 200 pieces of junk and possibly an entire orchestra, videos, concert schedules, background information and more open up opportunities for using recycled materials.
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Just a Dream
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Chris Van Allsburg

ISBN 0395533082p>Young Walter litters and refuses to sort trash for recycling, until he dreams of an overcrowded and polluted future which terrifies him into taking care of the earth. This classic ca...

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Kool Aid Purses
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - School Projects
Summary: A high school student designs purses from Kool Aid packets.
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Life Cycle of Everyday Stuff (The)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Non-fiction, classroom activities

AuthorsMike Reeske, Shirley Ireton

ISBN0873551877

Seven units allow teachers opportunities to creatively transform common items such as aphone, into a study of energy flow and scarce resources. Stude...

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Major Environmental Laws
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - List - Web site
Summary: US EPA Region 5 provides a list of environmental laws including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. Other major environmental laws are offered and are complete with history, a...
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Make-Stuff
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Holiday - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Gift ideas, decorating suggestions, food and food gifts are some of the many suggestions found at this Website. Be aware that this site does have a lot of pop ups if that is a concern but the volume is worth that minor inconvenience.
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Maryland Department of the Environment Land Programs
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
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
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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NAPCOR
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: NAPCOR's mission is to facilitate PET plastic recycling and promote the usage of PET packaging. The number of new PET plastic containers on the market is increasing every year and so is the number of communities across America that are recycling PET bottles in...
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National Plastics Center
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: The National Plastics Center is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the past, addressing the present and promoting the future of plastics through public education and awareness. The educational staff has supported this mission throughout the years...
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Newport Coast Elementary School, Newport Beach, Showcase Project for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Case Study
Summary: The newest school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District has adopted design concepts for energy efficiency and sustainability while serving as an educational vehicle for incorporation of energy-conservation features into designs. The design team, working...
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Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance (Indiana)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
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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Old Red Rocking Chair, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author, Phyllis Root

ISBN 1559700637

A discarded old red rocking chair somehow becomes transformed and eventually returns to the owner as a treasure. Recycling becomes an art form as this old chair is discarded and rescued fou...

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Paper Plate Education
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Paper Plate Education is an initiative to reduce complex notions to simple paper plate explanations. This website promotes innovative hands-on activities that you can experience across a range of interests, at varying degrees of complexity, and at a low price...
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Peanut Hotline
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Database
Summary: The Peanut Hotline will help consumers identify the nearest locations that accept plastic loose fill, or packing peanuts, for reuse.
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Plastic Lumber Ratings
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: As wise consumers attempting to be environmentally friendly we are often caught wondering about certain products. Once again consumer advocacy groups come through with some resources to help with decision making. Criteria includes composition and recycled co...
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Plastic Polymers
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5. Students will conduct a series of tests to determine the properties of different types of plastics, audit the plastic waste generated in their homes, understand the positive and negative impacts of using plastic, the ba...
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Plastics 101
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: Use this portal to learn more about plastic, plastic recycling and disposal, recycled products and markets, and basics about plastics.
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Pollution Prevention Fact Sheet Used Battery Disposal (Utah DEQ)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet is intended for users of various types of batteries. It provides general information on proper handling, disposition and disposal of batteries and the EPA regulations regarding battery hazardous waste determinations.
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Products Made from Renewable Resources
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: Weyerhaeuser manufactures products made from a renewable resource – trees. From engineered lumber to recycled paper, these products impact our daily lives and provide environmental choices for everyone. For example, when deciding between paper and plastic at t...
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Race to Recycle with Motorola
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Recycled Products - School Projects
Summary: Learn how to conduct a school project, reduce cell phone waste in landfills and raise funds and awareness for schools.
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Recycle
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: This colorful interactive web site looks at recycling, reuse, and rethinking for aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles. Music, interactive features and more will make this appeal to younger users (middle school).
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Recycle A Handbook for Kids
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - School Projects
Summary: Non-fiction, lesson and activity book.

AuthorsGibbons, Gail

ISBN031530943-5

Recycle explains the process of recycling from start to finish and discusses what happens to paper, glass, aluminim cans and plastic when they are recycled in...

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Recycle Jeopardy
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Holiday
Summary: Complement your current lessons in recycling with this classroom game, or build a research unit around the catagories. Designed for 4-6th grade students, it can be used as a challenge for older students who are confident they know the answers. Almost all of...
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Recycle Lifecycle
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3. Students will define the word recycle, learn to recognize the universal symbols for recycling and be aware that recycling an alternative to disposal. A Plastics Coding Chart is included.
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Recycle Lifecycle
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: This lesson connects material use and recycling with physical and earth science concepts. Recycle symbols are provided in a format appropriate for younger elementary.
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Recycle Symbols
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: A thorough listing of recycle symbols including plastic, glass, corrugated, paperboard, resin as well as background information and the evolution of the symbols.
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Recycle That! (Rookie Read-About Science)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Fay Robinson

ISBN 0516460331

This colorful 32-page book introduces young readers to recycling.

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Recycle The Essential Guide
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook - Recycled Products
Summary: Nonfiction Editors Duncan McCorquodale and cigalle Hanaor, Introuction byLucy Siegel ISBN 1 90477236 6 Recycle The Essential Guide provides simplified details (easy to use in the classroom) on recycling processes for a varie...
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Recycled Glassworks
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: Recycled Glassworks (in San Francisco) has bowls, dishes, platters, traffic light dishes, a gift registry (getting married?) and information on recycling. Recycled Glassworks takes junked plate glass windows and sliding glass doors and turns them into beautifu...
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Recycled Holiday Crafts, Watching Your Waste at the Holidays
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Recycled Products
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: This company has a large variety of recycled products that carry your logo or used every day in the classroom and/or office. Not necessarily appropriate for the office, however, intriguing is their recycled PET rope hammock that is manufactured from plastic b...
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Recycling and Measurement
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Recycling by Composting
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: What's Up in the Environment projects are intended primarily for middle school students, but can be modified. They begin with an extensive description of the project’s objectives, standards, time and materials needed, computer requirements, and lists of on-lin...
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Recycling Facts
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Quick numbers on general waste and recycling facts, material recycling rates and facts, and benefits associated with recycling.
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Recycling Facts Game (Provided by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities
Summary: Creative people at the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County created an educational game that should be used at anytime during the school year, however, it has been specifically designed for use on America Recycles Day on November 15 and Earth Day on Apri...
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Recycling Glossary
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Glossary
Summary: This brief glossary on recycling targets the nontechnical needs of elementary and middle school students.
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Recycling Lesson Plans/Recycling Thematic Units/Recycling Activities
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: Lessons, printouts, clip art, crafts, books, and internet resources are all recommended at this site. Activities range from K-12, they include science, math, social studies and reading. The site has a commercial source for publications as well as a providing...
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Recycling, A True Book
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials
Summary: Non-fiction, lesson and activity book.

AuthorDonald, Rhonda Lucas

ISBN0-516-27356-6

Recycle explains the process of recycling, the three Rs (even though we now consider more), composting, discussion of what can and cannot be dumped, and...

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Redux Designs That Reuse, Recycle, and Reveal
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Redux Designs That Reuse, Recycle, and Reveal Book Cover Non-Fiction: Architecture, Environmental Aspects, Domestic

Author: Jennifer Roberts ISBN: 1-58685-701-0 This des...

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Renovation vs Replacement and the Role of a Feasibility Study
Type: Article/Report - Checklist
Summary: This feasibility study offers a guideline for determining pros and cons for discussions on renovation vs replacement issues and existing schools vs new schools.
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Rethinking Recycling
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Rethinking Recycling contains activities and lesson plans for students in grades K-5. The lessons can be used separately or as a unit. Many of the lessons satisfy Oregon's new Common Curriculum Goals and Benchmarks. Rethinking Recycling was first published in...
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Reuse + Recycling = Waste Reduction (Spanish)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Language Options - Manual/Handbook - School Projects
Summary: This 32-page publication serves as a guideline for creating school-based programs on waste reduction (in Spanish)
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Reuse + Recycling = Waste Reduction A Guide for Schools & Groups
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Rustle the Leaf
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: Rustle the Leaf is an online outreach that uses syndication-quality weekly comic strips and other tools to communicate essential environmental themese. Their goals are to be encouraging while facilitating the sharing of enviornmental views. They use a blog s...
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Saving the Earth's Resources: Hands-on Projects About
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - School Projects
Summary: Non-fiction, lesson and activity book

AuthorsWest, Krista

ISBN0-8239-5847-7

Projects focus on conservation of natural resources and several are designed for independent work, some are for a child and adult, and some could be student-bas...

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School Profiles: Virtual Recycling
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: School Projects
Summary: See what some students have implemented at their schools. Included in the list: collage art contest, annual clothing recycle day, recycle projects and more.
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Setting up a School Recycling and Waste Reduction Program
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Sir Johnny's Recycling Adventure
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities
Summary: Fiction

Author,Rachel P. Paulson, Jackie Hutto

ISBN0964229625

The Old Oak Tree teaches young Johnny about the recycling process and the importance of closing the recylcing loop by purchasing products made from recycled materials....

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Solid Waste Publications (US EPA) in Spanish
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Sort it Out!
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities
Summary: This game requires Macromedia Flash Player. Jenny and her brother Jimmy are kids just like you -- they live in Lake County, Illinois and go to a school like yours. One morning they meet Garbob in their kitchen, and he shows them his great talent for making HUG...
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St. Louis Teachers' Recycle Centers
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: This is a resource for teachers that combines learning and recycling with financial savings. Teachers can take advantage of resources that are donated to the center by businesses and other community members. Business often generates abundances of solid waste...
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Steel Takes LEED with Recycled Content
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: The Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) is an industry association that promotes and sustains the recycling of all steel products. The SRI educates the solid waste industry, government, business and ultimately the consumer about the benefits of steel's infinite re...
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SWANCC
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Recycled Products - School Projects - Web site
Summary: SWANCC provides programs, educational resources, household hazardous waste recycling information on their website. This is information directly applicable to residents of Northern Cook County, but also valuable as an information resource for other parts on Il...
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Talking Trash Solid Wastes
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using the principles of Green Chemistry, this experiment analyzes the trends in the generation and reclamation of solid wastes within the United States over time and it evaluates reasons for making wastes.
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Teach English, Teach about the Environment
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: This curriculum will help you teach English to adult students while introducing basic concepts about the environment and individual environmental responsibility. These concepts can help the newly-arrived be part of cleaner and healthier communities by understa...
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Teaching Plastics in the Classroom
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Glossary
Summary: Teaching about plastics is an online scientific investigation resource for teachers, parents and students and it includes a site for elementary school teachers and a site for middle school teachers.
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TerraCycle Inc Illinois Recycling Association Bottle Brigade
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Recycled Products - School Projects
Summary: Learn about the plastic bottle recycling efforts from Illinois Recycling Association. They have joined with TerraCycle to recycle plastic bottles. These are shipped (at no expense to the school)to TerraCycle who then reuses the bottles for vermicompost tea. Te...
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Throwaway Three (skit)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities
Summary: This is a collection of plays that are often used for enriching pollution prevention and waste reduction lessons. Throwaway Three is a classic skit found in many locations but was originally developed by the Atlanta Clean City Commission.
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Tools for Zero Waste Schools (K-12)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Links for kids and for teachers on zero waste projects include waste reduction, composting, vermi-composting, special topics, pollution prevention and songs.
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Tools for Zero Waste Schools (K-12)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Two sections accomodate the different interests and needs. One is for teachers and the other is for kids. National and international links allow students opportunities to see what is being done for kids and by kids at other schools and in other communities....
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Tools for Zero Waste Schools (K-12)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Links for kids and for teachers on zero waste projects include waste reduction, composting, vermi-composting, special topics, pollution prevention and songs.
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Tools for Zero Waste Schools (K-12)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Two sections accomodate the different interests and needs. One is for teachers and the other is for kids. National and international links allow students opportunities to see what is being done for kids and by kids at other schools and in other communities....
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True Green@ Work
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Waste Prevention Terms
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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 Reduction Education
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Classroom Games and Activities - School Projects
Summary: Simple reduction and reuse ideas pay off for schools and can actually provide economic incentives. This site includes a list of activities and success stories.
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Waste Statistics
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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What Can I Do? An Alphabet for Living
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Lisa Harrow

ISBN 1-931498-66-0

What Can I Do? An Alphabet for Living is a directory for the who's doing what in sustainability education and action around the country. This is a simple guide for learning what in...

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What Color Is Your Waste
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This lesson examines the principles of Green Chemistry through an activity on accessing commonly used and environmentally packaging.This activity can be used as a demonstration for middle school students or as a lab exercise for high school students. It can a...
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What is Trash
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: In 1999, Oregon disposed of 2.8 million tons of garbage. (See “Where Is Away?” Background for more details about solid and hazardous waste disposal). The terms “waste” and “resource” are relative and reflect our own needs and values rather than any objectiv...
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What's On Your Pizza? (The Garbage Pizza)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials
Summary: Check out the garbage pizza. This poster comes complete with lessons on the back. It is a downloadable PDF.
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Where Do Things Come From
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This is a second grade project that helps students learn about the sources of products such as glass, aluminum, steel cans, paper, plastic and more and helps students learn how these materials can be recycled.
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Where Does the Garbage Go?
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-fiction,

AuthorsShowers, Paul (illustrated by Randy Chewning)

ISBN006445114-3 (pbk)

Where Does the Garbage Go explains how people create too much waste and how some waste is now recycled and not always put into landfills.

T...

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Where the Garbage Goes
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Where the Garbage Goes is a video that allows the reader to "jump into the driver's seat of the haulers, grinders, dozers, loaders and compactors used at a state-of-the-art waste handling facility. Kids and grown-ups alike will become excited about recycling w...
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Who is Petcore
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Glossary - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Petcore, PET containers recycling Europe, is a non-profit European association fostering the use and development of PET containers and facilitating both PET recycling and the development of recycled end material.Petcore was set up in 1993 by resin producing co...
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WISE Website
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: WISE (Whole Systems Integrated Sustainable Desicn for Education) is a website tool for students and teachers to learn about and implement sustainable design projects. Students will observe, analyze resources, record findings, learn about sustainability, and p...
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Youth Education List of Resources
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: Topic Hubs are detailed collections of resources and contact information for specific topics or industrial sectors. In this case, the topic is Youth Education. Topic Hubs include narrative sections providing background information, operations involved (if the...
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Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES)
Grade Level: High School
Type: School Projects - Web site
Summary: YES! is a non-profit organization that connects, inspires and empowers young changemakers to join forces for a thriving, just, and sustainable way of life for all. Founded in 1990 by 16-year-old Ocean Robbins and 19-year-old Ryan Eliason, at a time when Nancy...
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