“Use it up, wear it out, make it
do, or do without.”
By: Shira Damari, Elan
Samoohi, Eytan Mendelow &
Since school waste is up to
80% recyclable, schools make
a huge impact when they
recycle. Recycling is also
cheaper than trash disposal,
so it helps save the
environment AND their
Post- it notes: Americans throw away enough office and writing
annually to build a wall 12 feet high stretching
from Los Angeles to New York City.
Recycling all of your paper, newsprint,
cardboard, glass, and metal can reduce carbon
dioxide emissions by up to 850 pounds per
household per year.
One ton of recycled paper uses: 64% less
energy, 50% less water, 74% less air pollution,
saves 17 trees and creates 5 times more jobs
than one ton of paper products from virgin wood
If everyone in the U.S. recycled just 1/10 of theirnewsprint, we would save the estimatedequivalent of about 25 million trees a year.
Students at Cresskill High
School had different
responses from those at
Bergenfield. Unlike at
Bergenfield, where only 40%
of the student population
recycles, Cresskill students
believed 70% of Cresskill
High School recycles. They
said they don’t “really”
have a choice about
whether they want to
recycle. They are
encouraged to do so not
only by fellow classmates or
schoolmates, but by the
administration as well. The
administration always gives
them little “pushes” to help
We asked three students at
Bergenfield High School
about whether or not it’s
easy for students to recycle.
They said that for many
students it takes a lot of
effort to put the proper
products in the proper bins.
An average of 40% of the
school actually recycles.
Of the three students we
asked about recycling
practices in their school,
each one had the same
answer: “We try, but no one
cares enough to recycle.” An
estimated average of 30% of
the school actually puts in
efforts to recycle.
What are the top three cleanest cities
in the United States?
San Francisco is considered one of the most eco-friendly
and beautiful cities in the entire world. The city has a
ban on plastic bags and refrains from selling plastic
water bottles in supermarkets. Many hotels in San
Francisco also offer organic meals. San Francisco says
that by 2020, it wants to be waste-free.
Locavorism is a word that is used to describe eating
locally. Whether it is by picking up produce at a local
farmers market or eating at a restaurant that promises its
produce is from a local farm, eating locally is one way to
reduce your carbon footprint. One big reason it does so is
because it reduces the amount of fuel used to transport
food; there is no need to ship food across the country.
Eating locally also supports the local economy as the
money used is spent and regenerated throughout the
community. Portland is very big on promoting Locavorism,
making them very eco friendly.
Green policy: The city passed legislation to inform people
of the ways they can become greener themselves. This
can be shown through the high recycling rate in Portland,
Transportation: Portland has the nation’s highest
percentage of bicycle commuters. Some 10,000
Portlanders, or 2.8 percent of the city’s population,
commute on bike, taking advantage of more than 700
miles of bicycle paths around the city. A quarter of
Portland’s workforce commutes by bike, carpool or public
transportation (free within a 300 square block Downtown)
Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Recycling: Portland
became the first U.S. city to adopt a Global Warming
Action Plan. Following this plan, by 2005, Portland and
the surrounding Multnomah County had been able to
reduce 12.5% per capita of greenhouse gas emissions.
Clean and Renewable Energy: When subscribing to
electrical service, Portlanders can choose renewable
energy sources for their electricity. By paying a bit more
each month, from $1.85 to $8.00 more for the average
size home, Pacific Power provides the city’s citizens with
clean energy sources from wind, solar, and bio-mass. By
utilizing the “Blue Sky” package, a household could
“prevent almost 24,000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually,
as much as a car makes when driven about 25,000 miles.”
Boston is the first city in the nation to require a green
building standard through municipal zoning requirements.
By amending Article 37 of the municipal zoning code, the
city requires that all large-scale projects meet the U.S.
Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards.
New Roxbury Neighborhood Police Station: The new
station incorporates energy-efficient building systems as
well as brand-new site utility systems and achieves LEED
Silver Certification, a globally recognized green building
Brighton Branch Library is City's First
Renovated LEED Green Building: The
Brighton branch library will be one of the first
renovated city of Boston buildings that will
incorporate the U.S. Green Building Council’s
LEED Commercial Interiors guidelines toward
achieving LEED status.
City Promotes Green Roofs: Boston has
initiated several green roofs projects on city-
owned buildings. There is currently a green
roof demonstration being exhibited on the 8th
and 9th floors of City Hall. In addition, in
cooperation with the Boston Schoolyard
Initiative, the city has started a green roof at
the Josiah Quincy School in Chinatown, so
students will have a great place to play and to
learn about their environment.
Greening of Municipal Operations: An
initiative designed to establish green cleaning
methods, increase the purchase of
environmentally preferable products, expand
recycling programs in City facilities, and