It is important to help children understand WHY we reduce, reuse, and recycle, not just emphasize the fact that it is good to do those things. We must all consider the origins of products rather than only the end result. For example, the fact that plastic comes from oil, which is a nonrenewable resource that is also costly to recycle.
Clean Fairfax is a small but passionate organization, and unfortunately cannot be in every school in the county to spread the word of the Three Rs (Reduce Reuse Recycle), so this webpage was created to help teachers be an advocate for sustainability in and outside of the classroom. However, if you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to email us at c f c (at) cleanfairfax dot org.
The Sustainability Venn Diagram Game is a thought provoking, low-tech visual activity that can be easily adjusted to suit the needs of the classroom. The point of this game is to create discussion about products we see and use in our daily lives, where they come from, and where they go after we consume them.
Here is a list of various websites for teachers and students that include grant opportunities, online games, student project suggestions, lesson plans, tips, facts, videos and more!
- Environmental Protection Agency Education Website
- US Government Kids Website
- National Parks Service Education Website
- EPA Waste Education Website
- Fairfax County DPWES Outreach & Education
- Fairfax County Recycling
- The Story Of Stuff (check out their movies!)
- Away; A Story of Trash (YouTube)
- 210 Million Tons- US Waste Documentary (YouTube)
- Life Cycle of Plastic Bottle (YouTube)
- The Majestic Plastic Bag (mockumentary)
- Independent Environmental Films
- Project WILD (focuses on Wildlife education)