Sustainability at Rosa Parks Rosa Parks is an environmental science magnet school. We want to fulfill our mission and make our school healthy and sustainable. Please help us reduce our environmental footprint and teach our students healthy habits by following some of these suggestions to reduce our waste and toxic pollution, save energy and water, and curb global warming! GET INVOLVED! Join the Green Committee. We will continue to integrate environmental activities into school events, support teachers in the Green Star Schools program, and help support the Green Schoolyards project. To join or for more information please contact RP parent Susan Silber: 510-558-0821 or email@example.com WASTE NOT: Reuse notebooks, backpacks or school supplies from last year if possible. Shop at used clothing stores for back-to-school and save money. Buy back-to-school supplies with recycled content and avoid PVC notebooks and other supplies. See the Green Schools Buying Guide for more information: http://www.greenschools.net/article.php?id=177 Pack no-waste lunches for your kids (see examples on back). Avoid juice boxes & juice paks (Capri Sun): they are not recyclable. Model the 4 R’s at home: recycle everything, use the Green Bin for food and yard waste. Consider buying used products or products with recycled content. Support the school’s revamped recycling system. Put things in one of the four receptacles: Recycling: Paper, Recycling: Bottles and cans (aluminum, 1& 2 plastic, glass), Compost: Food waste, and Trash/landfill. SAVE ENERGY: Reduce phantom loads from your appliances by borrowing the Kill-A-Watt meter from the RPS library. A kill-a-watt meter is a simple device that measures the phantom loads of various electronics, including your cell-phone charger, electric tea kettle, DVD and other equipment. Reducing phantom loads can save you up to $100 per year! Take action with Cool the Earth. Turn off lights, buy CFL bulbs, turn off computers at night and consider energy-efficient products. SAVE WATER: Buy a reusable water bottle for your children and yourselves, instead of plastic water bottles Take Cool the Earth actions, such as turning off faucets when you are done and taking shorter showers. TOXINS: Buy less-toxic products whenever possible, including cleaners and personal care products. TRANSPORTATION: Try as much as possible to walk, bike or take the bus to school. Tips for a No Waste Lunch at Home and at School Did you know that if you use a disposable lunch, you create between 4–8 ounces of garbage everyday? At a typical school, this can add up to nearly 20,000 pounds of garbage per year! Pack a no-waste lunch for work or school with these tips: Use a lunch box or reusable sack. Pack a cloth napkin and reusable utensils. Put food in reusable food and drink containers; avoid juice boxes/juice paks Use wax-paper bags, not plastic, for sandwiches – these can be composted. More ideas: If you must use a disposable plastic bag wash it out and keep reusing it. Purchase your snacks in bulk size and repack into individual reusable containers. Pack fresh fruit since it doesn't require any additional packaging. Pack the right amount of food that your child will actually eat. What does a waste-free lunch look like? A Typical American Lunch (DISPOSABLE) sandwiches sealed in plastic bags fruits and vegetables in plastic bags prepackaged chips, cookies, fruit bars, granola bars, cheeses, and fruit leathers prepackaged yogurts, applesauces, and puddings crackers, pretzels, chips, and other snack foods sealed in plastic bags disposable juice boxes, juice pouches, soda cans, water bottles, and milk cartons plastic forks and spoons paper napkins reusable lunchboxes and disposable paper and plastic bags A Waste-Free Lunch (REUSABLE) sandwiches and other main dishes, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and treats in a reusable lunch container cloth napkins Whole fruits without packaging stainless-steel forks and spoons reusable drink containers Reusable ice packs reusable lunchboxes With this type of lunch, lunch food items can be bought in larger quantities. The packaging can be left at home for reuse or recycling. Waste-free lunches are not only a wise environmental choice, but they are less expensive as well.