What does a sustainable, Zero Waste City need?
Community Participation in every sector
In a Zero Waste City, everyone participates, not just a handful of businesses, a few homes, or some schools and government offices. Everywhere you go, you’ll find the omnipresent trash can is replaced by Zero Waste Stations for recycling and compost. Wasteful, disposable products and packaging are replaced by environmentally-responsible alternatives. Everyone is committed to the same goal: a sustainable, local community.
Future Zero Wasters: Green Star Schools Create Recycling and Composting Experts; Celebrate Five Years in Boulder County
Who needs trash cans? Go to any one of Boulder County’s 31 Green Star Schools, and you’ll see that with the right training and systems in place, trash cans are passé.
Students practice Zero Waste all day—in the lunchroom, classroom and restroom. Not only do they compost and recycle up to 2/3 of all their school’s waste—they also practice waste reduction and reuse and are often the eco-champions in their homes.
“I can guarantee you that there are not many kids in America who are doing as much landfill diversion as our school kids are,” said Eco-Cycle’s Executive Director Eric Lombardi. “And that is a little flame of hope for the future—for their future—which makes the Green Star Schools program one of the most important programs that Eco-Cycle has ever created.”
Zero Waste Isn't Just for Public Schools
Interested in making your child’s private school a Green Star School? Contact Nancy Dudek at 303-444-6634 ext. 175 to learn more about Zero Waste Certification for Private Schools.
Thank You to Our 5-Year Green Star Schools!
Congratulations to some of our early Green Star Schools—Mesa, Bear Creek, Creekside and Foothill Elementaries—celebrating their 5th anniversaries this year. The students, teachers, kitchen and custodial staff, and administrators at these schools have helped lead the way to expand and deliver the Green Star Schools program to now serve more than 15,000 students and staff throughout Boulder County. Thank you for your support and for bringing the future of sustainability to our kids today!
Cyndra Dietz, Eco-Cycle Schools Recycling Coordinator since 1990, won the 2012 Pace Setters Award in the education category for her work in our local school districts. Over the past 21 years, she and her staff have given more than 20,000 classroom and field trip presentations, coordinated recycling collections of more than 18,000,000 pounds of materials and started the first Zero Waste schools program in America.
Thank you to all our Green Star School Sponsors. You are creating a generation of hopeful Zero Wasters.
What we still need for a Zero Waste community:
The Green Star Schools program is so successful there is now a four-year waiting list of schools wanting to implement the program! Eco-Cycle is seeking funds to increase staff and resources to meet the needs of these schools and their students. Please consider helping by becoming a Green Star School Sponsor.
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