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From a workshop at "Farms & Food: Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up," July 2014, Hyde Park, NY, for more information, www.TeachingtheHudsonValley.org ...

From a workshop at "Farms & Food: Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up," July 2014, Hyde Park, NY, for more information, www.TeachingtheHudsonValley.org

"Recycling and Composting at Your School or Site." Recycling is now mandatory throughout New York State; composting food scraps is on the radar for the not-too-distant future. Get the scoop on how to convince colleagues to set a good example and learn how "walking-the-talk" can help prepare students for a future in which natural resource conservation will be increasingly critical. Terry Laibach, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and Anne Jaffe-Holmes, Greenburgh Nature Center

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Recycling and Composting, Ann Jaffe-Holmes, Greenburgh Nature Center Recycling and Composting, Ann Jaffe-Holmes, Greenburgh Nature Center Presentation Transcript

  • Recycling & Composting: How to Make It Happen Teaching Hudson Valley Summer Institute 2014 Anne Jaffe Holmes Dir. of Conservation Education Greenburgh Nature Center July, 2014
  • Sustainability Centre Blog http://blog.sustainabilitylearningcentre.com/
  • Click the video to watch Anne Hutch featured on Teen Kids News http://www.teenkidsnews.com/index.php/gallery/181-garbage-for- money Anne Hutchinson Elementary Eastchester, NY Anne Hutchinson Elementary School Eastchester, NY Recycling & Composting
  • What did Mr. O’Neil say about getting started? ✓ Find a “Champion” ✓ Pull together some bins ✓ Get others involved ✓ Let it evolve
  • Know Your Trash! What you can recycle?
  • Cash for Trash through Terracycle! http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/pages/how-terracycle- works.html
  • Set up the bins you need conveniently Recycling Station
  • Use what you have-- Cafeteria line up
  • GET BINS AND LABEL THEM
  • BE BOLD WITH BIN LABELS!
  • Taking the next step: COMPOSTING FOOD WASTE!
  • Mr. O’Neil & His 5th Grade Compost Crew
  • Mixing carbon with food at the Anne Hutchinson School
  • Composters onsite, worked by students under Mr. O’Neil
  • Schools Carting Cafeteria Food Waste to Commercial Composting • Chappaqua District • Katonah Lewisboro District • Ossining • Pleasantville (one school pilot, all schools to follow) • Scarsdale (pilot, all to follow) • New Rochelle - Ward Elementary • Dobbs Ferry • Hastings
  • A Technological Solution:
  • Rippowam Cisqua School • The cost of composting was reaching $21,000 a year to truck food waste to offsite compost facilities in CT from both the UC and LC. • In 2009 RCS started diverting food waste into our own compost machine [the Rocket] at the UC. • The estimated payback was two years; RCS will save $60,000 every three years. • In 5 yrs 180 tons of food waste will be kept from the landfills. The compost is all processed and kept on site.
  • The Rocket Composter Rippowam Cisqua School
  • Rocket Compost Product
  • Outdoor Recycling Station Options Recy-Cal Supply Company: http://www.recy- cal.com/info.html
  • Thank you! Questions? Anne Jaffe Holmes Greenburgh Nature Center (914)813-1251 ajaffeholmes@greenburghnaturecenter.org www.greenburghnaturecenter.org
  • Where does all the garbage go? -A K-5 program of the Greenburgh Nature Center Subject areas: Science, Social Studies, Math, Living Environment Grade levels: K-5 (adaptable) Key Concepts: Natural ecological cycles (water, soil) Linear process of garbage dumping Concept of sustainability Biomimicry: Recycling mimics natural cycles What are things made of? Difference between materials that recycle and those that don't Problem solving: How to turn linear process of consumption into a sustainable cycle Skills: Comparing & Contrasting, Classifying, Inferring, Observing, Measuring, Predicting, Generalizing, Gathering and organizing data, Identifying Variables, Manipulating Materials, Making decisions, Problem Solving, Communicating, Math