Summertime Adventures in Low-Waste Living

How will you spend your summer vacation? Now that school is out, you can enjoy the freedom of no assignments, deadlines, or early wake-up calls. Whether you’re staying at home, adventuring outdoors, or traveling with your family, remember the four Rs – rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle. Here are some tips for low- or no-waste…

End-of-School-Year Assignments to Reduce Waste

What can schools do to reduce end-of-school-year waste and improve recycling? Everyone at school – students, staff, faculty, and custodians – has a role. A school green team or environmental club can lead some of the following activities that help a school stay true to its waste reduction commitment. Hold a “zero waste” locker clean-out                                                                             Designate a…

Promote Biodiversity in Your Community

Monday, May 22 is International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). The theme for this year is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism in keeping with the United Nation’s designation of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Well-managed tourism can reduce threats to biodiversity. What is biodiversity? Simply put, it refers to the variety…

Remember Mother Earth When Celebrating Your Mother

May 14 is Mother’s Day! Celebrate your mother and Mother Earth. Mother Earth has a place in many different cultures. The Greek version is Gaia from whom all live sprang and who personifies the interconnected ecosystems of Earth. The Earth on Turtle’s Back is a story from Native American tradition about a world of all…

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Consider a field trip, an in-class project, a take-home activity, or class presentations. Here are some project ideas and resources. Projects and activities Read a book about pollution or the environment. Maybe a good time to read or re-read the classic Silent Spring by Rachel Carson? Create a poster, book report, or other display about…

Happy International Plant Appreciation Day!

Did you know that April 13 is International Plant Appreciation Day? We always appreciate plants around here, especially our native plants. Native plants bring benefits to Northwest land and water resources, wildlife, and people. Northwest fish and wildlife depend on native plants for food, shelter, and cover. Here are just seven reasons to use native…