Here are some green resources that we've found to be useful in covering sustainability-related topics for students/families and teachers/staff.
Know of a green gem that is not on here? Please send it to the Green Team!
Zero Waste & Waste-Free Lunch
- "Nudging Recycling from Less Waste to None," The New York Times, 19 October 2009.
- ""Lunch with a Conscience," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 September 2009.
- Beye School students show proper zero waste sorting "etiquette!" (Two YouTube clips)
- About Waste-Free lunches
- Packing a Waste-Free lunch, from the Environmental Protection Agency
- Waste-Free lunch tips from Reuseit.com
- On healthy school lunches: target="_blank"Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, Fridays 8PM Central on ABC.
- Healthy lunch ideas by Care2 here and here.
- Healthy lunch ideas from author & family nutrition expert Annabelle Karmel.
- Order healthy school lunches for delivery by Gourmet Gorilla.
- 130+ years in the making, Beye is sustainable because it is a walkable, community-centered school.
- More about why walkable community-centered schools are sustainable.
- Beye and other Illinois schools support indoor air quality by adhering to the Illinois Green Cleaning Schools act.
Sustainable Oak Park
The Villages of Oak Park & River Forest, together with the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, are working on a building and implementing a plan for a sustainable OPRF. Please help by learning more about PlanItGreen, watching the YouTube video introduction, and reading the draft sustainability plan.
- The History of Earth Day (occurs annually on Apr 22)
- Senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day
- Celebrating Earth Day with Kids
- National Geographic: green kids videos
- The Environment, free audio & video course downloads from Open University on iTunes U.
- There is a "Green Media Center" in the Beye School library! Learn how to check out books or DVDs.
- List of family-oriented films from the 2010 Environmental Film Fest in Washington, DC. (Try your library or Netflix to borrow these titles.)
- Complete list of 155 films from the 2010 Environmental Film Fest in Washington, DC (many appropriate for adult viewers only). Archive of films from 2004-2009 Festival.
- Little Locavores blog: "family food fresh from the farmer's market."
Green Parenting/Green Families
Kids & Nature
Greener Food (CSAs/Farmers Markets/Seasonal Cooking)
Green Home (Energy, Household, Lawn/Garden, Composting, Avoiding Toxins, etc)
- http://www.biodiversity911.org/EducationalResources/EducationalResources.html (for kids)
GREEN EVENTS FOR SCHOOLS, FAMILIES, KIDS.
- Apr 22 (every year): Earth Day!
- Apr 29: Arbor Day
- Events at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago.
- Events at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
- Find a green event in the Chicago area with afreshsqueeze.com's online events calendar.
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