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Make Your School a Little Greener ...

Get to school "greenly."

  • Biking, walking, riding the bus and carpooling can all help reduce carbon emissions.

"Green" your school supplies.

  • Purchase products made from recycled materials.
  • Reuse supplies from last year.
For more information, see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Make a Difference Campaign. Also see "Action's" Green School Supplies page.

Pack waste-free lunches.

  • Challenge students to pack a no trash lunch each day.
  • When going through the cafeteria line – only get what you will eat- too many times food becomes waste and ends up in the trash and then landfill
For more information, see EPA's Pack a Waste-free Lunch Campaign.

"Green" your field day.

  • Make it a "green event."
  • Create games and activities made from reusing materials -- even the award ribbons.
For more information, see EPA's Make a Difference Campaign.

Make your school idle-free.

Lead by example.

  • It's one of the best ways to teach our students about the environment.
For more information, see DHEC's "Do Your Part" fact sheets.
  • Reuse your notebook paper by always using the backside before recycling.
  • Take your water back and forth to school everyday in a reusable container instead of a disposal container.
  • Think of ways your students and classmates can reuse items that are going to be thrown away.
For more information, see DHEC's Green Guide: Water Efficiency and the Green Guide: Recycling.


  • Talk to your principal about starting a recycling program.
  • Talk to your cafeteria director about a composting program.

Conserve energy.

  • Make signs to post in all rooms to turn off lights before leaving the room.
  • Use compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs when possible.

For more information, see DHEC's Green Guide: Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.

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