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.