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Schools Get an A+ in SustainabilitySchools Get an A+ in Sustainability

As school districts prepare for another year, they are challenged with addressing sustainability issues. Here’s a look at what five districts are doing for the upcoming school year.

Megan Greenwalt

August 19, 2019

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Whether it be food, paper or used supplies, U.S. schools can generate a significant amount of waste and energy consumption. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, each person averages about 4.4 pounds of waste per day. Additionally, taxpayers spend about $6 billion on energy for the nation’s K-12 schools each year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

As school districts across the country prepare for another academic year, they are challenged with addressing these sustainability issues. Some have tackled this problem by implementing curriculums and plans to educate students and staff on the importance of “going green.” In this gallery, Waste360 has identified five school districts that have implemented effective programs.

About the Author(s)

Megan Greenwalt

Freelance writer, Waste360

Megan Greenwalt is a freelance writer based in Youngstown, Ohio, covering collection & transfer and technology for Waste360. She also is the marketing and communications advisor for a property preservation company in Valley View, Ohio, and a member of the Public Relations Society of America. Prior to her current roles, Greenwalt served as the associate editor of Waste & Recycling News for three years and as features editor for a local newspaper in Warren, Ohio, for more than five years. Greenwalt is a 2002 graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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