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42 Ways to Trim Your Holiday Wasteline
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
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
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Some thoughts to consider over the holidays as we march through the frenzy of consumerism.
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Buy Nothing Christmas
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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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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Deck the Halls with Less Waste this Year!
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Decorative Holiday Lights
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Holiday
Summary: C7, C9, Miniature and Icicle Lights are compared. Avoid feeling like Scrooge and explore the options for lighting and decorating. Let students do the math on the costs of lighting for their homes.
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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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Great Green Gift Giving Guide, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
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 Halloween
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Holiday
Summary: Suggestions for environmental choices and solutions over Halloween.
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Have a Wonderful Waste Free Christmas
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Higher Energy Costs Need Not Dim Your Holiday Cheer
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
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
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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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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Make Your Holiday a Wild One!
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
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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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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No-Waste Gift-Giving and Gift-Wrapping Ideas
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Old Nassau Demonstration (using mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: This experiment provides instructions for the Halloween Demonstration, or "Old Nassau" Demonstration that uses Mercury. The preferred and refined version that uses silver nitrate is provided at http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/Journal/Issues/2004/Oct/PlusSub/V81N...
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Old Nassau Demonstration (using mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: This experiment provides instructions for the Halloween Demonstration, or "Old Nassau" Demonstration that uses Mercury. The preferred and refined version that uses silver nitrate is provided at http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/Journal/Issues/2004/Oct/PlusSub/V81N...
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Old Nassau Demonstration with Wilkinson Modification (no mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: The Old Nassau Demonstration (also referred to as the Halloween Demonstration) is a clock-type reaction that dramatically turns orange,then black. This popular reaction is not allowed in many schools using mercury, however, the Wilkinson Modification offers a...
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Old Nassau Demonstration with Wilkinson Modification (no mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: The Old Nassau Demonstration (also referred to as the Halloween Demonstration) is a clock-type reaction that dramatically turns orange,then black. This popular reaction is not allowed in many schools using mercury, however, the Wilkinson Modification offers a...
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P2 Tips for Reducing Holiday Waste
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Recycled Christmas Tree
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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
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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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Rejoice
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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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
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Unplug the Christmas Machine: A Complete Guide to Putting Love and Joy Back into the Season
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
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-Free Christmas Green Holiday
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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What Kids Really Want that Money Can't Buy
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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