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How Can You Help Your Child's School Go Green?

Many of the eco-friendly changes you can make to the outside of the school are similar to changes you may have considered at home: planting evergreen trees on the north side of the building, and deciduous trees on the south and west sides; substituting ground covers or hardscaping for thirsty lawn; using hardy native plants, and so on. Consider having a tree drive, like you might have a canned food drive, to encourage community members to donate saplings to plant on school grounds. Plant them near air conditioners, and their shade will help the air conditioners use less valuable energy.

Instruct the next generation about wise use of the landscape. You can volunteer to take kids on a nature walk and teach them about local plants, animals, and the environment. Schools with some outdoor space to spare could establish a garden as an outdoor learning project. Children will enjoy tending the garden as part of their school routine, if your school is open to the idea. You could provide gardening lessons, or even seeds and seedlings. Make a composting station near the garden for any organic waste the school produces.



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