Eco Cool Tools
We want to build green-team tool boxes to equip student eco-teams with the materials needed to complete the waste and consumption pathway. Tool boxes will contain tarps, gloves, tablets, etc. for student green teams to facilitate a school wide waste audit and design corresponding interventions to reduce our school’s impact on land fills and increase the volume of recycling school wide.
12/21/16-1/2/16: Purchase materials and have students work in teams to create the toolboxes.
1/2/16-2/29/16: Students will use the toolboxes to perform the consumption and waste audit and gather baseline data to determine the amount of trash that we can recycle and/or compost. Students will share the data collected with the school community.
3/1/16-4/29/16: Students will use toolboxes and develop interventions to increase the volume of recycled materials school wide. Students will instruct the school community how to effectively use these interventions to reduce our school’s environmental impact.
5/2/16-6/23/16: Students will use the toolboxes to evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of the interventions implemented and communicate the data collected to the school community. Students will continually revise and improve the interventions as they gather data.
why we’re doing it
There is a large amount of recyclable and compostable materials being thrown in the trash at our school. Adding these materials to our landfills leads to air and water pollution. We want to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to collaborate, think creatively, and problem solve to take ownership of solving the environmental problems at Applegate School. Students will learn that they are the key players to protect their environment and improve the quality of their future.