Clark County Green Schools offers waste reduction lessons, activities and tours, all led by a certified teacher. Education is an important component in training youth to care for the planet. Our goal is to bring issues to the forefront so students can discover their own passion for the environment and share their enthusiasm with others.
We all have a responsibility to educate youth about the community and world around them so that they are informed with facts and key issues. The awareness they gain motivates them to become responsible, involved community and global citizens.
- Sustainability outreach
- Educational lessons and activities
- Waste audits
- Free field trips to transfer stations
- Waste reduction assemblies with storyteller Will Hornyak
We’re pleased to advocate for improved sustainability practices in our Clark County schools. We love encouraging schools to take a look upstream at what they can do to reduce waste. It’s great to recycle and compost, but we like asking what can be done to avoid much of the waste in the first place. We’re working with districts to take a look at their disposable use and see if improvements can be made by using durable service ware instead of daily disposables.
We throw a lot away. However, we can Rethink waste. What can we do to Reduce waste? How can we Reuse rather than toss? Recycling and Composting are also good ways to reduce waste. See a waste story presentation that shows how much garbage we produce in Clark County, where the garbage goes, and how a landfill works.
Run a Recycle Relay to show what you know.
When we put our garbage and recycling at the curb, it seems to just go away. Come and see where it goes.
Take your class on a tour of our county’s massive transfer station and begin to learn how garbage and recyclables are processed and shipped. On this outdoor tour you’ll walk through Columbia Resource Company’s West Van Materials Recovery Center on NW Old Lower River Road. See baled recyclables of each commodity that result after the towering pile of mixed recycling is sorted. It’s an eye-opening experience — garbage piled high, a huge trash compactor, a mound of glass and all the areas where hazardous waste, tires, electronics, appliances and more are collected for transport.
Will Hornyak is a gifted storyteller who has crafted waste reduction and sustainability assemblies for Clark County elementary schools. As a part of your school’s targeted efforts towards waste reduction, Clark County Green Schools can bring Will to your school at no charge. Contact us for availability, as funds are limited.
Will generally does two elementary school assemblies back to back, with the first geared towards K-2 and the second, grades 3–5.