We need to instill a sense of environmental responsibility into the future leaders and taxpayers of our world. By going green at schools in practice, operations and the classroom, we can bring about the idea that such sustainable behavior is normal and acceptable. If schools are where children must learn to conform, let's make it the good kind of conformity.
It helps to provide a healthier environment and it teaches our children to be less wasteful and more responsible. The teachings of a green school will radiate to the community. There are virtually no negative impacts of going green. It should be one of the easier initiatives that will have the greatest impact on students.
If a program is setup properly a school cannot only do "the right thing" environmentally but also save much needed funds. With so many options available there is not reason to trash everything. Many recycling companies will not only help with containers and servicing the account they will also assist in establishing a program and audit the waste stream to pull out whatever can be recycled.
What we teach our children becomes part of who they develop into as adults. We teach prejudice, they become prejudiced. We teach social responsibility, they become socially responsible. So, if we want a sustainable lifestyle, we teach and practice a "green" lifestyle at home, at work, AND most especially, at school. Additionally, as a most rewarding perquisite, the sustainable lifestyle is economical! Schools are always in need of ways to keep costs down.
Every business and organization should be going towards this goal. We need to be 100% green, it's no longer a question of should we, it's now "do we still have enough time". The world is overpopulated and resources are being used much faster than they are naturally produced. It is critical that we start with organizations such as schools, as they not only use a high amount of paper sources, but it is a perfect learning opportunity for students.
Going green could increase efficiency and even lower utility bills for schools. With a trying time in the Educational sector this money could be used to help provide support in struggling projects or school activities that once had no financial aid. Also going green can provide students who attend insight about how important and effective it can really be as they are growing up this is something they see with their own eyes.
Making changes to schools that will protect the environment could reduce operational costs. Going green can also teach students how important it is to take care of the earth. For instance, only buying recycled paper and art supplies could be easier on the school budget, as can using recycled goods in the lunchroom. This will give kids the impression that the earth's resources should be used wisely, especially if administrators explain to the students that the school is "going green."