Recyclebank begins program for schools
Recyclebank®, the company that rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses, announced the schools selected for the 2012 Green Schools program, which awards schools grant money for unique student projects that will green their classrooms and communities. Until March 15, 2012, members are encouraged to donate Recyclebank points to any school participating in the program to help meet target funding for schools’ green projects.
Schools across the country submitted green project proposals to Recyclebank in order to participate in the Green Schools program. Recyclebank members can donate their points to help fund the schools’ projects, learn about their project ideas and track their progress by visiting www.Recyclebank.com. Recyclebank will match member point donations dollar-for-dollar at the conclusion of the donation period.
“At Recyclebank, we believe that the next generation holds the keys to creating a more sustainable future for our planet. With our Green Schools program, we are empowering students to make their eco-innovations a reality, and also encouraging the entire community to get involved,” said Jonathan K. Hsu, chief executive officer at Recyclebank. “Whether by planting a community garden, starting a school-wide recycling program or teaching their community about the collective impact of seemingly small green actions, these students and teachers are poised to make an enormous impact.”
Recyclebank has partnered with nonprofit organizations NatureBridge and the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) to aid Green Schools with resources they need to educate teachers and students on sustainability issues. Schools will receive an informational worksheet on how to conduct a waste assessment from NatureBridge’s MyGarbology.org, an online game and resource center that answers the question, “where should my waste go?” ACE will educate students about the science behind climate change by providing helpful tips and information for classrooms participating in the Green Schools program.
Since 2007, Recyclebank’s Green Schools program has granted close to $350,000 to more than 100 schools across the country.
Green projects implemented by schools in past years have expanded the collection of recyclables, developed compost programs, reduced diesel fuel usage by implementing environmentally-friendly practices to care for a local orchard, and even built a natural garden and bird habitat.