Monday, June 24, 2013

What KAB's "Generation Zero" looks like!

reposted from Keep Austin Beautiful's June 2013 newsletter:

Generation Zero launched in the fall of 2012 as a way to engage youth in fun, hands-on activities and service projects that raise awareness about recycling, composting, and conservation while giving students simple solutions for reducing their waste. In its first year Generation Zero partnered with 53 schools and educated more than 5,000 students!

Accolades for the program are already stacking up. On Thursday, November 8th, Austin City Council presented KAB with a Proclamation endorsing Generation Zero and recognizing Austin Discovery School for being the first school to complete the program. The program has also recently been recognized with a Keep Texas Beautiful Educator Award. The award honors extraordinary educators working to improve and beautify their communities through environmental education.

Visiting a Generation Zero campus, you can find students singing a compost recipe song, building model landfills, and sorting trash. Fifth graders at Travis Heights Elementary School honed their math skills by counting colored chips to create a bar graph representing different categories of waste. The students were amazed to discover that 88% of the trash in the waste stream could be diverted from landfills! One student took home a card illustrating the proper set up distance (five feet apart) for curbside carts. Using the card, she visited each of her neighbors that night showing them the proper way to set out their carts. She also emphasized how proper setout keeps drivers from stepping out of their trucks on busy and dangerous streets. She is a shining example of a generation zero-waste culture!

Read on for more highlights.

Generation Zero is implemented by KAB on behalf of Austin Resource Recovery.

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