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Living a green lifestyle isn't just something my family does on the home front. We carry our eco ideals throughout every facet of our lives, which includes school and the office. My family is very passionate about recycling, composting, buying organics, making our own cleaning supplies, and upcycling. However, since many places we frequent don't share our eco-values, it can be difficult to remain sustainably-minded when we venture outside of our home. Now that kids are spending the bulk of their time in school, I'm highlighting several ways to encourage your children to incorporate their sustainable lifestyle into their daily routine in the classroom and on campus. Their efforts will inspire others to examine their carbon footprint, and they'll make a large impact on preserving the environment. Read on for five great ways for your children to go green at school.
#1: Choose a Green School
Encouraging your child to live an eco-lifestyle is much easier if your child attends a green school. My son’s school is a LEED certified school, so the school does a lot on its own to stay green. The school’s green options have only piqued my son’s interest in sustainable living. He is always telling me that we need lights in our home that only turn on when you enter the room or that we need to install a solar or water harvesting system. It encourages him to think of other ways to incorporate green living into our daily lives.
#2: Encourage Green Involvement
Children learn by example; and many children will immediately emulate the actions of their peers. When you instill green ideas and actions in your children from an early age, they will already be stewards of the earth before they start school. Your children can become the environmental leaders of tomorrow, starting with the sustainable innovation that they help develop within their schools as children.
#3: Encourage Your Child to Start a Green Club
There are many clubs that can have a focus on helping the environment. Some club ideas to consider include; a gardening club, conservancy club, recycled craft projects club, organic cooking club, geocaching club or a volunteering for charity club. A green club at school is a great way for your children to meet other green minded children – you will be amazed at the ideas that they will come up with.
#4: Green Extracurricular Activities
Besides encouraging your children to start or participate in a green club, consider green extracurricular activities. Getting children involved in the green activities outside of school is a great way to extend their sustainability efforts. My son’s middle school class participates in conservation projects on a regular basis – they are currently scheduled to perform a beach clean-up.
#5: Donate Green Items to Your School
Many schools love to receive donations of supplies. Work with your child’s school to find out which items they need. If your child’s classroom library needs more books, scour your local thrift and secondhand bookstores, or have your child look through their own bookcase to collect books for the shelves. Your child’s art teacher may be able to use items slated for the recycling bin in upcoming art projects, or your child’s gardening teacher may need organic plants for the student’s upcoming projects.
What other ways are you encouraging your child to live a green lifestyle at school?