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Green Your Way Back to School

It's back to school season, and while school looks a little differently for everyone this year - K-12 and college alike - we encourage families and students to comply with COVID-19 guidelines, stay healthy, and focus on studies. Below are some sustainable considerations to help guide your way back to school:

Back To School

  • Reuse notebooks, folders and other schools supplies from last year.
  • Reuse your backpack from last year.
  • Use both sides of paper.
  • Buy used textbooks or online versions.
  • Pack lunch with reusable containers.
  • Say no to plastic utensils, straws and condiment packets if you don’t need them.
  • Use reusable water bottles.
  • Turn off and unplug laptops, printers, chargers and other devices when not in use to conserve energy.
  • Take your sustainability club or other club meetings virtual to keep sharing ideas and planning.
  • Get crafty and make your own homemade, reusable mask.

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