Recycling is one of the most fundamental, and easiest steps on the road to sustainable schools. However, many schools need help with resources, tools, ideas, and outreach to staff and students. GrowNYC’s Recycling Champions Program wants to help develop great school
recycling programs at five schools in NYC, one each borough, from September
through December, 2011. We want to devote hands-on time to working with
all members of a school’s community in order to accomplish this goal.
Having these model recycling programs around the City, will allow for the
development of best practice guides that can be used at every school in
HOW IT WORKS
First, the coordinator will work with faculty and
administration during professional development time, or other meetings to
galvanize support and plan an outreach strategy for students. If a school
needs additional recycling bins, or signage, the Recycling Champions will help
secure the best options for the school. Next, the coordinator will engage
students through fun classroom lessons, auditorium performances, and other
activities. Also, any logistical issues with custodians will be worked out
with the help of NYC’s Department of Sanitation. The school will have the
option of hosting recycling drives or events that will also benefit the
community such as textile collection, or Stop ‘N’ Swaps which are free reuse
and recycle events.
The money raised through Kick Starter will be put towards
a portion of the Recycling Champions Coordinator’s salary, resources for five
schools including bins, signage, composting materials, and supplies for
classroom lessons and activities. Funds will also be used to help develop
a school’s Green Team through GrowNYC Wholesale Greenmarket Plant Fundraisers,
and help sponsor events or auditorium and classroom presentations that charge
fees, such as classroom worm comporting workshops.
Students from P.S. 16 Staten Island building Pratt paper recycling bin for their classroom.
Bushwick Academy High school student takes part in service learning.
School group visits Pratt Industries paper recycling facility in Staten Island.
(From Left) Jason Godlewicz, Sustainability Coordinator for C.S. 211 Bronx and Robbie Lock, Citywide School Recycling Coordinator after a faculty recycling workshop.