If your child is heading off to school for the first time, prepare yourself: you may suffer Green Mom Culture Shock, like I did when my son entered public school two years ago.
For eco-conscious parents who have agonized over a zillion purchasing decisions related to choosing the greenest, healthiest products for home cleaning and only the freshest, local, organic and sustainable foods, it can be hard to cope when you discover your local “green” school doesn’t seem so green, particularly when compared to your own home.
While most schools these days (at least here in Montgomery County, Maryland and the surrounding DC suburbs) do have a Green Committee at the PTA level, you may find, as I did, that “green” means different things to different people. To some, the main function of the green committee should be tending to a school garden. For others, it’s recycling or “waste free lunch.” What happens if there’s so much to do, you just don’t know where to start? And is it really possible that maybe, just maybe everything “green” has been “done” at your school?
I’ve put together a “Dream List” of Ten Green School Projects you may want to tackle this year, and I’ve linked to posts that relate to the project whenever possible. Am I suggesting you try to get the PTA to tackle all ten? Uh, no. (You might want to first read my post, Green Schools: Five Lessons Learned the Hard Way). But maybe, just maybe, you can work to get one new project added to your Green Committee’s existing project list.
Take a look and let me know what you think. I’m particularly interested in hearing from parents who’ve tackled the walkable school initiatives. What’s worked and what hasn’t worked for you at your kids’ schools?
Top 10 Green School Projects
- Waste Free School Lunch
- Ban the Bottled Water – Switch to Bottles and Jugs!
- Solar, Wind, and Alternative Energy at School
- Just Say No to Mandatory AntiBacterial Hand Sanitizers and Soaps
- Healthier School Lunches
- Just Say No to Cheap Plastic Crap: Oh, the Trinkets!
- Why Throw Out Unopened Milk? Forced Dumping of Unopened School Milk Bottles in the Garbage
- Energy Audits: Wearing T-Shirts In The Classroom During Winter = An Energy Efficiency Problem in Your School
- Buses? Try Walkable Schools!
- Healthy Schools, Healthy Cleaners. (Or Did You Ever Consider Your Child’s Mysterious Head Aches Might Be Related to the Cleaners Used at Your School?)
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