Calling all students, teachers, and parents of Massachusetts! GREEN TEAM registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now open.
The GREEN TEAM is a state-wide environmental education initiative, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The GREEN TEAM offers fun and interactive educational programming, and provides the tools for students and teachers to learn more about how to address key issues of environmental sustainability! The GREEN TEAM provides teachers with lesson plans and activities aligned with current Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Curriculum Frameworks, including:
- Science and Technology/Engineering
- English Language Arts
By Shomita Bhattacharya, Program Specialist
According to the USDA, America wastes 30-40% of our food supply every year. In 2010, this totaled 133 billion pounds of food, worth $161 billion! These are large numbers that describe the food waste of the entire nation, but what do they mean in terms of individuals like you and me? The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future analyzed the nutritional composition of wasted food in the United States, and found that on average, the amount of food wasted per person per day in the US is equivalent to:
- 1,217 calories
- 33 grams of protein (5 large hardboiled eggs)
- 9 grams of dietary fiber (two medium pears)
- 7 micrograms of vitamin D (3 ounces of mushroom or 3 ounces of cod)
- 286 milligrams of calcium (8 ounces of milk or a cup and half of vanilla ice cream)
- 880 milligrams of potassium (a potato or two cups of tomatoes)
By Kevin Pink, Marketing & Development Assistant
It’s the season of farmers markets and cookouts! There’s always another new recipe to try out or leftovers from yet another cookout going into the refrigerator. We’ve all been there- whether it’s a half-eaten container of strawberries that grows fuzzy, or milk left a week or so too long, food waste is a common problem. Part of the issue is a lack of education on the topic. How much do you know about food waste in America? Join us for a little food waste true & false and put your knowledge to the test!Read More»
By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow
1. Every Day Sustainable Items– Make it easy for your Dad to go green by giving a gift that encourages him to be environmentally friendly every day! Reusable water bottles and mugs, decorative tote bags, reusable containers, fun dish towels, or a solar powered charger are all great options.
2. Eatable Gift– Make your Dad a gift basket with all of his favorite local and organic foods. Or bake him his favorite sweet treats!
3. Tickets to an Event– It’s the perfect season to enjoy a baseball game or outdoor music! Take your Dad to a fun event that you can both share together, rather than purchasing an item he doesn’t need.
4. A Solar Composter– Now that it’s the prime season for fresh produce, make sure your Dad has a sustainable way to dispose of all the peels and pits. EcoBuilding Bargains has Jack’s Solar Composters, which are easy to use in any yard!
5. Buy Vintage Items– Your Dad will love to have a “blast-from-the-past” item from a vintage shop, used book store, or antique store.
By Matt Brodeur, Green Business Fellow
Photos Courtesy of Ben Coe
RecyclingWorks organizes the WasteWise Forums which take place in the spring and fall each year and span a range of solid waste, recycling, and food waste topics for businesses and institutions. The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) administers RecyclingWorks, a MassDEP funded program which assists businesses and institutions with establishing recycling and composting programs.Read More»