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Recycling - School Program

Schools play an essential role in making recycling work in the District of Columbia. Having a school recycling program provides a great learning experience for everyone who is involved. Schools and recycling make a great partnership. By recycling, schools can make a significant contribution to the District’s recycling efforts while protecting the environment.

Students, teachers, staff, administrators and parents can learn not only the basics of recycling, but of environmental stewardship by recycling at school, which can be extended throughout the community. This also provides opportunities for teachers to offer valuable hands-on, real-life lessons to students, and schools may save money through avoided disposal costs.

Remember, the four R’s – Rethink, Reduce, Re-use and then Recycle. For presentations, an appointment with “CC the Clean Cat” mascot and more information contact our SWEEP, Jr. Program.

To receive help in starting a recycling program, please contact our sister agency, the Department of General Services.

Ms. Beth Gingold
Schools Conservation Coordinator
Sustainability + Energy Division
Department of General Services
1250 U St. NW, 3rd floor
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 727-3587

Resources for K-12 Teachers

The following resources are for K–12 teachers to learn how to bring environmental lessons and practices into the classroom.

Classroom Earth

Sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) , this includes key information on how educators can obtain the best and most usable environmental education programs available today.

Environmental Literacy Council Teaching Resources

The Environmental Literacy Council's website has a teacher exchange that allows educators to share labs, activities and ideas with colleagues online. The topics are drawn from the College Board's suggested labs and field investigations for the AP environmental science course. There are lesson plans, classroom curricula and a hyperlinked AP environmental science course outline. (Grade level: High school, Cost: Free)

Journey to Planet Earth

Funded by the National Science Foundation, and re-edited for grades 6–12, this series of six 25-minute episodes helps students understand the most critical and timely issues facing the natural sciences in the 21st century. Through an interdisciplinary approach, these programs reach beyond the physical sciences and draw connections to politics, economics, sociology and history. Teacher guides and other educational support materials are also available. The companion website has informative background information and video clips. (Grade level: 6–12, Cost: Free)

Raptors in the City

Raptors in the City is a real-time, inquiry-based science and technology program for grades 4–6 that stars the Peregrine Falcon. The online portion of Raptors in the City guides children through nesting season (roughly February to June) as they watch the still-rare falcons live via cameras mounted on skyscrapers. The curriculum supports one semester of study, and the students earn environmental, biological and technological lessons, as well as research skills, tied to national science and technology standards. Curriculum materials and books for falcon study are available. (Grade level: 4–6, Cost: $50 per classroom)

EEK! Teacher Pages

This resource is designed to help you help your students use the EEK! Environmental Education for Kids! website. EEK! is an electronic magazine for kids in grades 4–8 and is brought to you by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation