Teaching children how to care for our environment and protect natural resources can begin with simple steps in your own home. Look here for ways everyone in the family can begin living "green" by adopting a few simple habits.
Educate students, parents, and teachers
Evaluate the environmental impact of every activity
Nationalize the principles of responsible paper consumption
We love all of the new small parks and greening that has been happening all over the city. Want to join in? Laure Latham give us the low down on where it's happening and how to get things started in your neighborhood.
"On November 8, 2008, 300 plants, 13 trees and the Aaron Cohen Jazz Trio were awaiting friendly neighbors to plant the median.." read more
How Green is your Family?
• Green Carts-- What to put in them? Teach your family what should be put in each cart. Here is an easy to follow website with tips on what to put in your green cart. Read more..
• Guide to Environmental Education Programs in California State Parks
• Finding resources is easy, making a family pledge is action!
• What is your family footprint? Discover what you can do and calulate it for your family from Best Foot Forward.
• 10 Tips to Make Your Pregnancy Organic from Earthlab.
• Unclear what you can and can’t recycle weekly? Here is the word from SF Recycle program. Read more.
• Where do you recycle unusal items like eyeglasses, medications, sporting goods, art supplies? Read more.
• www.gazelle.com - They buy used gadgets to keep them out of landfills! I've donated old cellphones to various programs before, and I may still do that -- but Gazelle will buy old computers, camera parts, DVD players, and other stuff.
Earn Some Green for your School While Being Green!
Earning money for our school is as easy as getting rid of your old televisions, computers & monitors.
1. Take your family's e-waste to our GREENspot DROPoff location
2. Sign the log in storage facility's office and write in the "referred by" line.
3. We collect $1 for every Television, CPU, Computer Monitor, Flat Screen or Laptop recycled!
GREENspot collections spots are:
Fort Knox Self Storage, 370 Turk Street, San Francisco - 775-1195
Storage Pro Self Storage, 135 Townsend Street, San Francisco - 777-0463
Find more information here.
The school will get paid $1 for each of these items recycled at a GREENspot.
Another resource is Green Citizen. Schools can schedule monthly or one time recycle events.
Sites for Green Kids
• San Francisco Environment Phoebe the Phoenix, the magical bird from our city seal, gives lessons on the 4 Rs— Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot—that are specifically designed for San Francisco kids, parents, and teachers.
• Environmental Protection Agency Kids Site. Underestand climate changes and greenhouse effects through games, plus links to a world of helpful sites
• Getting Kids out into the Woods The $1.5 million "Kids in the Woods" program is aimed at a growing problem among American school children: a lack of direct experience with nature that experts say can contribute to childhood obesity, diabetes and even attention deficit disorder. Read more.
• Dumptown an innovative, animated Dumptown Game, in which the player takes on the role of City Manager and creates his/her own plan to reduce waste and clean up trashy Dumptown.
• President's Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) The program recognizes young people across America for projects which demonstrate their commitment to the environment. Young people in all 50 states and the U.S. territories are invited to participate in the program. Projects include recycling at school, kid videos, newsletters created by students and much more. The deadline is October 31 of each year.
• Time for kids—Talking trash with kids.
• Cool Kids for a Cool Climate—projects, links, science information and more.
• Take a trip to the San Francisco Recycling Center without leaving your house. Watch this cool video!
• Kids can earn a bike! Read how.
• Starting a recycling and waste reduction program at your school. Read more.
Getting Your Green On
Becoming green doesn't have to start all at once. Take it step by step and make a plan for the month and add to it each month. Here are a ideas to get you started.
• Get your food from the farmer’s markets. Note: rice milk, coffee, tea, and a small amount of chocolate are 4 of the 5 non-local, packaged foods.
• Eat organic or sustainably grown foods. Try the farmer's market for fruit and veggies.
• Buy food unpackaged and unprocessed.
• Eat 100% of the food you buy.
• Use a clothesline or a rack for drying laundry.
• Replace all light bulbs with CFL bulbs.
• Heat the house to only 68 degrees on cold days and keep your heater off altogether as often as you can.
• Shut off the water when brushing teeth or lathering in the shower. Use the water only when you need to rinse.
• Turn off electrical power when not in use. Teach the kids to use the power strip when not in use.
• Purchase toys that don't need batteries. If they do use batteries choose rechargeable batteries.
• Recycle batteries. SF garbage program will pick them up with your regular garbage. Leave them in a clear bag on top of your recycling bin.
• Grow some of your own veggies in your back yard, decks or stairs. Container gardening is fun for all.
• Make your own baby food! Buy fruits and veggies from the farmers market, steam them, puree, freeze in ice cube trays, and pop one out when you need one.
• Set up a book and clothes swap with other families. Visit your local library for books, music, DVD's, etc.
• Carpool your kids to school, dance classes, and soccer games.
• Teach kids to use washcloths and towels to clean up messes instead of paper towels and napkins.
• Wrap gifts in kid's artwork or reusable bags instead of buying wrapping paper.
The goal is to help young people learn how they can make a difference by buying differently. For example, did you know that if just one out of every ten middle and high school students each bought just one recycled notebook this year, they would save over 60,000 trees, conserve 25.5 million gallons of water, and stop 5,250,000 pounds of global warming gases from being released?