Mercury IMERC Solid
Waste Site
ERP About
About Links Publications Workgroups
site map    member login
Pollution Prevention & Sustainability P2Rx Info Resources Activities Details

Send us your feedback!
Activities Database Home Browse or Search Project Detail  

Students Awards

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description Nearly 140,000 students from 405 Massachusetts schools signed up this year to participate in a statewide educational program to reduce pollution and protect the environment. The effort, called "The Green Team," is part of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) and MassDEP statewide environmental protection education effort for students of all ages.

Over 800 classes participated in the Green Team this year, taking part in activities ranging from expanding school recycling programs to building solar-powered toy cars. Participating classes were entered into a drawing for prizes, and 88 of these classes received grand prizes for their efforts.

Participating teachers received a Green Team Kit containing educational tools, such as a classroom poster, lesson plans, recycling tips, and access to a library of resources. In addition, 114 schools received recycling equipment from the Green Team to initiate or expand school recycling programs. Seven schools received idling reduction signs from The Green Team to remind drivers to turn off their engines while waiting in the schoolyard.

In addition, nearly 7,600 of these students pledged to reduce, reuse, and recycle; walk, bike carpool, or take public transportation; and conserve energy and water to help protect the environment. Many of them encouraged their parents to take an Idling Reduction Pledge to turn off the engine while parked or waiting to reduce pollution and save energy.

Other students tracked the trash generated in their home for one month; subtracting the amount of trash their family eliminated by recycling. Other activities included improving school recycling or composting programs; promoting the switch to energy-efficient light bulbs; writing to elected officials; and creating signs, posters, and web pages to raise environmental awareness in the school community.

All participating classes received Certificates of Recognition, "Trash Terminator" bookmarks, or pencils made from recycled denim or money. A grand prize drawing was held among classes that achieved the highest level of participation.

More Info www.thegreenteam.org
Project Contact
Name N/A
Phone N/A
Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Educational Institutions
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 18 No. 2, Fall 2008 [PDF]


Log In to enable links
Edit This Activity Add New Activity Delete This Activity





NEWMOA is a member of the P2Rx™, a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (Northeast), ESRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), Zero Waste Network (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WSPPN (Pacific Southwest), and PPRC (Northwest).

The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) - A National Network of Regional  Information Centers



Last Modified 09/08/2009

Home  |  Pollution Prevention  |  Mercury  |  IMERC  |  Solid Waste
Hazardous Waste  |  Waste Site Cleanup  |  About NEWMOA  |  NEWMOA Members

Copyright 2019 NEWMOA, Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association
89 South Street, Suite 600; Boston, MA 02111-2651;
ph (617) 367-8558
fax (617) 367-0449
TDD/TTY (857) 265-3934
All Rights Reserved
Comments contact: .