CSWD provides lots of free educational programs to Chittenden County schools, as well as free online resources for all schools, after school programs, summer camps, teen centers and other youth-related programs interested in learning about improving resource management.
Presentations and tours are not limited to students. Teachers, maintenance staff and administrators are highly encouraged to contact the School Outreach Coordinator to schedule a presentation or tour.
The 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (K-12): Students learn an overview of what CSWD is and who it serves. They also learn about the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), Green Mountain Compost (GMC), the Drop-Off Centers (DOC), transfer stations, and landfills. Each of these facilities plays a part in reusing, recycling, composting and disposing of what we throw away. Through this presentation, students will gain an understanding of why it is important to choose not to waste resources and to send items to the proper place when they no longer wish to use them.
Compost Connections (K-12): Students learn the environmental importance of composting and nutrient enriched soil and how composting can work at a school. Students learn what is compostable and why.
All About Worms (K-12): CSWD provides a free worm bin and red wriggler worms for composting in the classroom. Students learn about vermicomposting and how to maintain a worm bin.
Recycling Reasons (K-12): Students learn about what is recyclable and why. They learn about putting recyclables in the blue bin to be taken to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for sorting, and what happens to recyclables after they’re processed by CSWD.
Wants and Needs (5-8): Students play a sorting game to compare the difference between what they want and what they need, followed by a discussion on reducing and reusing.
Song Hour (Toddler-grade 3): Live music with original and cover songs related to recycling, compost, and trash. Sing Jack Johnson’s “The 3Rs,” CSWD’s own “Worm Bin Shuffle” and other great environmental songs.
School Assembly: Need to reach everyone at once? While visiting individual classes is effective, an assembly is also a way to get everyone on the same page. Schedule an assembly on reducing, reusing or recycling and encourage better participation in your school’s waste reduction initiatives.
Evening Presentation: Recycling and compost initiatives require the support not just of students, but also of their surrounding community. CSWD’s School Outreach Coordinator will gladly provide an evening talk and workshop open to parents, students, faculty, staff and administration to discuss any waste reduction related topic.
Starting Compost Collection at School (Adults): Are you interested in starting or upgrading your school’s composting program? Perhaps your school already composts, but it could be more efficient and sustainable. CSWD School Outreach can discuss various composting programs that work, help set up “Green Teams,” and educate students on proper composting. We also provide free compost, recycling and trash signs and bins!
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Contact the School Outreach Coordinator to discuss other options, or use the comment area on the form below.