SECTOR RESOURCES - EDUCATION
Schools are a place to foster an interest in protecting and supporting the environment in students at an early age. Students can encourage their parents to adopt environmentally sustainable practices at home as well. As students make choices for their post-secondary education, colleges/universities can be invaluable in providing environmental sustainability knowledge and skills in preparation to join the workforce.
Operationally, schools and universities can greatly benefit from reduced facility operating costs that can be realized from energy efficiency, increased resource efficiency, and pollution prevention techniques. This page includes information for schools and colleges related to recycling programs, climate neutrality, success stories, and several associations for colleges and universities.
- Cool School Challenge
- School Waste Composition Study (MPCA)
- Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools (EPA)
- Resources to Reduce Waste in Schools
- Pack a Waste Free Lunch (EPA)
Colleges & Universities
- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
- American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment
- Success Stories - College/University
- How to set up a recycling program
- Starting Up a Recycling Program (U of MO Outreach & Extension)
- Recycling and Beyond: A College Campus Primer (U of Oregon)
- Clean Air-Cool Planet
Clean Air-Cool Planet provides a variety of resources on climate preparedness, including the Campus Carbon Calculator.
- Energy Smart (a program of Minnesota Waste Wise)
- It‘s in the Bag Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Program
It‘s in the Bag is a program that provides employment for adults with disabilities while recycling plastic bags and film. Opportunities for businesses and consumers to recycle material through It‘s in the Bag exist throughout Minnesota. Visit the website or contact Minnesota Waste Wise for more information.
- School Recycling Resources (EPA)