Materials and Resources

  • Reduction of waste of materials and resources during construction and operation
  • Selection of sustainable products and materials during their growth, harvest, production, and transportation phases
  • Reuse and recycling of materials
  • Reduction of waste at product’s source

The Three R’s…Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:
• Waste management, storage & collection of recyclables
• Regionally produced products
• Material conservation and financial savings
• Material and product reuse
• New materials that are being produced using recycled content
• School & community recycling project
• Local and global resources
• Populations and various other factors that will impact how and where we live in the future
• Cradle to cradle
• Environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP)

Biodegradable matter is material that can be biodegraded. For example, most plastic bags are not biodegradable, but paper bags are. This can sometimes be an important difference, because plastic bags stay around forever if left as litter, whereas paper bags eventually decompose. However, in anaerobic landfills, whether a material is biodegradable makes little difference: biodegradable matter usually does not decay, because of the lack of oxygen required by the microorganisms.

Fossil Ridge High School Study
The project team selected building materials to reduce the school's energy consumption and use of virgin resources. The carpeting contains recycled content and will be fully recyclable at the end of its life, both the porcelain floor tile and the acoustic ceiling tile include recycled content, and wood products certified to Forest Stewardship Council standards were used for the gymnasium flooring and wood trim throughout the building.

Asbestos Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that has been used widely in construction materials, such as roofing and siding shingles, pipe and boiler insulation, and floor and ceiling tiles. Asbestos is a problem because, as a toxic substance and a known carcinogen, it can cause several serious diseases in humans. Symptoms of these diseases typically develop over a period of years following asbestos exposure.
Recycled Content Materials
Recycled content materials have many applications in school buildings, including steel framing, acoustical ceiling tiles, carpet, insulation, resilient flooring, tiles, and playground surfaces. Using recycled content building products helps convey to students how important it is to be active participants' in protecting our environment.

Lesson Plans

Going Green Begins With Me

Unit: "Going Green Begins With Me" This unit integrates science, math, and art focusing on the LEED units of Materials and Resources and Energy and Atmosphere. Students will use problem based learning strategies to focus on three different scenarios of maintaing ecosystems for monarch butterflies, indigenous birds, and vegetable plants. Another scenario will enable students to construct solar power cars and find other methods of alternative energy. Students will also use recycables to construct bird feeders and mosaic art scenes as a reflection of their dedication, appreciation, and ownership of going green to help save their environment.

Plastic Water Bottles - Friends or Foes? Part 2
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Students discover the effects of the large quantity of plastic water bottles that they use on the environment and decide which is better bottled water or tap water.

Go Green Schoolyard
Plant a garden in your schoolyard! Kindergarteners work with high school business students to design, build, and maintain a natural habitat garden. The kindergartners work to design the garden while the high schoolers figure out how to get it built.


Recycle in the Gym

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The object of the activity is for the students to begin to understand what materials are recyclable and possibly start a recyclable program in the school other than the paper program that currently exists.


Recycling Manual for NJ
School recycling programs require special-planning and careful implementation if they are to become a lasting part of a student's educational experience. This manual will guide key school personnel step-by-step through the process of setting up a recycling program. It provides all the necessary tools for designing and implementing a viable and comprehensive program in public, private and parochial schools.

School Recycling PA
Whether you are a school administrator concerned about increasing solid waste disposal costs, or a recycling-conscientious student, setting up or improving an existing school recycling program can create a learning experience for all involved. When setting up a program, concentrate on areas that produce significant amounts of recyclables.

School Recycling NY
This website will help you on your journey to become a Green School!
The focus of this webpage is a comprehensive solid waste management program; however, here are areas to consider that will help further your transformation to a Green School.

School Recycling Con.

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E-Cycle NJ

Waste Reduction School Action Plan

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