It’s National Green Week! If you didn’t already know, National Green Week is an annual campaign started by the Green Education Foundation that runs from the first full week of February through the end of April (also known as Earth Month).
During this time, students and groups are empowered to engage in sustainability focused lessons or projects and explore ideas for ways they can make a difference. Some of the challenges individuals are encouraged to participate include some of the following:
- Waste Reduction Challenge: Did you know each person in the United States creates a daily average of 4.5 pounds of solid waste? That’s a lot! This challenge teaches students how their trash impacts the planet, and they’re encouraged to make a difference by recycling and limiting the amount of waste they create every day.
- Green Thumb Challenge: This challenge aims to teach children the healthy benefits of gardening. They’re encouraged to plant seeds and bulbs so they can see that no matter what its size, each garden adds beauty and life to what was there before.
- I Ride Green: Each day, Americans travel a total of 15 million miles on car trips that are ½ mile or less. These car trips account for 10,000 tons of C02 released into the atmosphere daily. To make a difference, students are encouraged to walk, bike, or skate to local destinations whenever possible, and carpool with friends. If you want to make a difference in this area yourself, check out this great greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator! It will help you see how you can reduce CO2 emissions from your car, your home, and more.
- Sustainable Water Challenge: Water is our planet’s most valuable resource, but it’s also one of the most wasted. In fact, about 95% of the water entering our homes in the United States goes down the drain. This challenge encourages students to learn about the importance of water and how to conserve it both at home and at school.
- Green Energy Challenge: This one, of course, is our favorite! This challenge encourages students and schools to improve their efficiency through simple changes in their behavior, such as conducting an audit on how much energy they’re using. From school hallway lighting to heating and cooling and more, students can be aware of wasted energy and take steps they need to conserve it.
Whether it’s reducing waste, conserving water and energy, riding your bike, or simply planting a garden, we love encouraging others to do what they can to preserve our planet through sustainability. If you want to make an even bigger difference, learn more about how using solar panels on your home can help you do just that!
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