Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Green Schools & Events

-- Quote of the Day --

"Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes; find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.

 ~ Tony Robbins 

-- Conscious Living Events --

October is going to see a lot of events, being the official Domestic Violence Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Lupus Awareness Month. We've done several interviews on these subjects via Conscious Discussions Radio including:

Oct 13 - 15
Recycling Council of Alberta Conference 
Location: Lake Louise, AB

We are currently in the middle of Homeless Action week as well.

 -- Green Schools --

I was sent this announcement through the Zero Waste San Diego group and thought you all would like to hear about it too:

* Register today to be included before the challenge begins Nov. 1st!   

The California Recycling Challenge is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for K-12 school recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their school communities. Over a one month period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables or have the highest recycling rate.

The competition will be conducted on a "Per Capita" basis to allow schools/districts of all sizes to participate.  The program is intended to include the faculty, staff, students, and custodial staff.  The competition will be conducted during the month of November and competitors are encouraged to support recycling events in conjunction with America Recycles Day, November 15th . The winners will be announced in December 2010.

With over 9,950 public schools organized in over 1,000 districts to serve more than 6.3 million students across California, K-12 schools consume large amounts of resources and generate much solid waste. Add on another 600,000 students in private schools and all the teachers, staff and administration employed by all schools and it is safe to say that one out of six Californians is "At School" each day.

The California K-12 Schools Recycling Challenge provides a tool for school district recycling coordinators, teachers, student green teams and waste management professionals to engage their school community in recycling and waste reduction in a fun and friendly way. Environmental messages cannot always motivate action by themselves.  Students love a competition: challenging the classroom next door, or joining forces to beat the cross district rival helps drive their desire to be part of the team.  In the process, participation in the competition familiarizes students with a school's recycling programs and hopefully instills in them a lifelong habit.

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