Reducing waste and recycling are the most effective ways schools can reduce their carbon footprint, conserve natural resources, and save money.
Waste and Recycling Facts:
- A school of 300 students can prevent 14.5 tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere per year by increasing the rate of recycling by 30% to 35%
- Recycling one ton of paper saves between 15 and 17 mature trees.
- Recycling one aluminum beverage can saves enough energy to run a computer for two hours.
The action ACS takes to increase recycling and reduce waste are small but significant, requiring only a slight change in procedure. These actions will serve as great tools for teaching students and the greater ACS community about the importance of conserving natural resources through experiential learning.
Creating and implementing a focused and dynamic environmental awareness program is Objective #4 of the ACS Strategic Priority Plan: Learning Environments. This initiative required an environmental audit of ACS systems and structures (April 2017) and to launch the three-year plan beginning September 2017.
Our intention of the waste reduction and recycling program is to bring the school community together as a collaborative project, improving the qualitative school environment. Importantly, custodial staff and vendors will be brought into the program at an early stage to become program advocates.
Together, collectively as ACS stakeholders, we can make this task a reality.