A Newsletter for Schools in San Mateo County Issue No. 12, 2010-11
Dear Teachers and Administrators, • FREE Field Trip
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It’s our pleasure to present you with the 2010-11 Resource Conservation News.
This issue along with the RecycleWorks website, www.RecycleWorks.org, is • School Spotlight
packed with information on how you can green your classroom, while at the See page 3
same time infuse recycling, reuse, composting and saving natural resources
into your classroom curriculum. • Educate Yourself
We are happy to come to your school to make a classroom or assembly See page 4-5
presentation on the four R’s- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot - free. In addition
we would be pleased to offer advice on improving your school’s recycling • Grants, Activities
program- also free. Lastly, we welcome the chance to conduct teacher- And Curricula
training workshops on the subjects of recycling, backyard composting and See pages 4-5
vermicomposting (worm composting).
To receive email notices from RecycleWorks about events, workshops, awards
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and grants, sign up for our listserv at www.RecycleWorks.org/infoForm.php.
Put in your email address and check the box for Environmental Education. • Free Stuff
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OPPORTUNITY AWAITS: See page 8
Green Star Schools
RecycleWorks is continuing to collaborate
with Alameda County and the City of San
Jose to create and launch the regional
Green Star Schools certification program. is Here to Help
This program will certify a classroom,
RecycleWork is a program of the County
school, or district as being “green” at
of San Mateo and can provide free
three different levels. We hope to launch resources, assistance and presentations.
the pilot stage of the program in the
near future. Stay tuned via our website CONTACT RecycleWorks:
or sign up on our listserve for up to date 1-888-442-2666
information about this new innovative schools@RecycleWorks.org
FREE FIELD TRIP to the
Transfer Station and Recycling Center
RecycleWorks will again be offering 10 free field trips (including bus transportation)
for classes of 25-30 students in grades 3rd–12th. Participating students will tour a
working Transfer Station and Material Recovery Facility. On these tours the students
will see how garbage and recyclables are sorted and processed to be shipped out to
a landfill or recycling facility. If time permits, students will also take a walk on the
footpath of a local closed landfill to learn about its environmental impacts.
These field trips correlate to the California State Content Standards and are a great opportunity for students to gain
firsthand knowledge about resource conservation. Classes are selected for these field trips by a random drawing from
the applications submitted. If your class is selected for a field trip, we will assist you in developing pre- and post-tour
activities to incorporate into your existing course units in preparation for this trip. You will also be required to attend
an informal orientation workshop on January 27, 2011, from 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm to discuss field trip goals, as well as to
schedule your class field trip date. Mark your calendars!
Field trips will be scheduled during the Spring Semester. To apply for a FREE FIELD TRIP, please fill out the application form below
and mail or fax it to RecycleWorks by December 15, 2010.
Complete and return this form to RecycleWorks.
We must receive your application by 5:00 pm, December 15, 2010
to be entered into a random drawing.
School Bus Trip, RecycleWorks Program
555 County Center, 5th Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063-1665
Or Fax to Attn: Recycling Field Trips (650) 361-8220
Teachers will be notified by mail within three weeks after the application deadline. Due to the holiday
season, please provide an alternative address where we can mail your notification letter if you do not have
an email address. If selected, you will be required to attend an informational workshop on January 27, 2011,
from 4:15pm to 6:15pm in order to be awarded the trip and participate in the program.
School: ___________________________________________________City: _________________________
Teacher: __________________________________________________________ Grade: _______________
School Address: _________________________________________________________________________
Alternate Mailing Address/City/Zip Code: ____________________________________________________
How many students will be attending the field trip? ________
Worms Worms Worms while the other half explored them. Featured
topics included demonstrations on how to build
at Sunnybrae School in and use solar ovens, build an adobe bench,
San Mateo make art from materials that would otherwise
be thrown out as trash, and plant seedlings; there
It all started four years ago when a volunteer
were even fundraising booths, where classes raised
RecycleWorks Master Composter introduced
money for endangered species.
vermicomposting (worm composting) to the second graders at
Sunnybrae Elementary School and helped them to set up worm At one of the booths, a fourth grade class displayed a device
bins in each of their that they built for demonstrating the energy required for
four second grade incandescent light bulbs as compared to compact fluorescent
classrooms. With bulbs. The device was a small generator powered by a stationary
the guidance of the bike, which was wired to the two different sets of bulbs. As a
teachers and a Master student peddled the bike, he or she could actually see which
Composter, the second light required more peddling. This demonstration was also
graders continue to correlated to the 4th grade CA State Science Academic Content
learn how to feed the Standards, Physical Sciences - 1a & 1g.
worms, maintain their
home, harvest the
The Second Graders’ Classroom Worm Bin
worm castings from
the bin and use it
The Green Academy at Woodside
as a rich nutrient source (soil amendment) for plants. In fact, Due to the enthusiasm and influence of staff, students, and
these activities are correlated to the 2nd grade CA State Science parents of the Woodside High School (WHS) Green Task Force,
Academic Content Standards in Life Sciences – 2a & 2b and Earth the school has successfully implemented and is now running
Sciences - 3c. the second year of the Green Academy. The academy’s objec-
tive is to prepare youth for careers in the Green Job market.
Having a worm bin is a great teaching tool for every Students in this
classroom and it is easy to maintain. Teachers have academy are taking
incorporated worms and the worm bins into lesson plans. classes in Science,
If you need lesson plan ideas visit the school section of our History, English,
website at www.recycleworks.org/schools/resource_lists.html. and Career Techni-
If you are interested in having a Master Composter volunteer cal Education that
demonstrate how to set up and maintain a classroom worm focus on project-
compost bin, please contact us directly at 1-888-442-2666 or based interactive
schools@RecycleWorks.org. lessons integrated
into resource con-
servation topics. WHS Green Academy Students Working and
Studying in their New Outdoor Classroom
Earth Day at With the help of
Highlands donors and community partnerships, the academy’s staff and
students have built a new garden on the campus. It is used as
Elementary an outdoor classroom where students are learning about native
Congratulations to Highlands plants, composting, organic gardening, and
School for running their sec- poultry husbandry. If you’d like to learn more about the
ond annual Earth Day event! Woodside High School Green Academy, visit their website at
This event involved the whole www.woodsidehs.org/?id=317 or if you would like ideas about
school and it was integrated integrating resource conservation topics into your curriculum
into California State Academic or setting up a Green Task Force / Green Team at your school,
Content Standards. Half of the contact RecycleWorks at 1-888-442-2666 or
classes at the school hosted A student on a stationary bike schools@RecycleWorks.org.
their own interactive booths, powering the light bulbs
EDUCATE GRANTS, CUR
YOURSELF ON ENVIRONME
Council of Math/Science Educators
Conference for K-12 Educators
LOCAL PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES
The Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County
will hold its annual conference March 5, 2011. This conference
provides additional tools and resources for educators in San
Mateo County who teach math, science and environmental
education for K-12 students. For more information on the Free Composting Demonstrations (all grades)
conference, or obtaining approved professional growth units, Composting is a great
contact Janet Shi at 650-802- 5363 or email@example.com. way for students to
Bay Area Earth Science Institute (BAESI) learning in nature while
BAESI offers hands-on teacher-training workshops and field simultaneously recycling
trips. By attending these activities 4th-12th grade teachers will organic waste such
be provided with instructional materials for classroom lessons, as fruit and vegetable
and they could earn continuing education units (CEU’s) leftovers and yard waste
through San Jose State University. For more information visit from school gardens.
www.baesi.org/. RecycleWorks offers free
classroom demonstrations on outdoor composting and
Workshops at RAFT “vermicomposting” (worm composting), which is especially
Attend workshops at RAFT and earn continuing education fun for Pre-K - 2nd graders. To schedule a demonstration
units (CEU’s) from either San Jose State University or Foothill contact RecycleWorks at 1-888-442-2666 or schools@
College. There are over seven interactive workshops scheduled RecycleWorks.org.
to take place this Fall Semester at the new RAFT in Redwood
City. Through these workshops teachers will learn hands-on
activities for teaching a variety of subjects. Paper Art, Wow!,
It’s Science Magic!, and Worm Composting are just a few of the
workshops that will take place. For more information visit RAFT Water Pollution Prevention Program
Website and Free Presentation
The “Teachers” section of the San Mateo Countywide Water
Pollution Prevention Program website provides teachers
The California Integrated Waste Management Board, with resources to educate youngsters about water and how we
now known as CalRecycle, created “Closing the Loop,”
can prevent pollution of our local waterways. The Program
an interdisciplinary K-12 curriculum emphasizing waste
also offers a free Pre-K – 6th grade assembly presentation,
prevention, recycling and composting through hands-on
“We All Live Downstream,” performed by the Banana Slug
activities. To download the curriculum visit www.calrecycle.
String Band. For more information visit www.flowstobay.org/
cs_teachers.php or to schedule a presentation contact the
County Environmental Health Department at 650-372-6214.
Project Learning Tree: Municipal
Solid Waste Module (grades 6-12) BAWSCA Activity Kit & Free Presentation
This 75-minute hands-on workshop for groups of six or The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency
more teachers, shows the interrelationships between waste (BAWSCA) offers member agencies free 5th grade,
generation, natural resource use and disposal. Teachers Water-Wise School Education Kits and a K-8 assembly
receive the curriculum, training, and correlations to the presentation, “The H20 Show,” performed by the
California Content Standards. Contact RecycleWorks at EarthCapades. These programs teach students about water
1-888-442-2666 or schools@RecycleWorks.org to set up science and conservation. For more information visit www.
a free workshop. bawsca.org/schools.html.
RRICULA & PROJECTS EDUCATE
ENTAL TOPICS YOURSELF
ENERGY: PEAK Energy Lessons (grades 3-7)
Attend a PEAK teacher-training workshop and learn how
Solar Oven to incorporate project-based energy lessons into your
classroom curriculum. PEAK will provide participating
Explore the world of solar energy teachers with a free guidebook, toolkit for setting up
and how you can harness the sun’s labs, presentations, and ongoing support. For more
energy to make heat and electricity. details about this program visit www.peakstudents.org
RecycleWorks has a solar oven or contact Elise Noland at Enoland@Energycoalition.org.
(includes instructions) available for teachers to borrow for
free. There is an accompanying hands-on activity for students
to create their own solar ovens out of pizza boxes and use them
to make nachos. This activity is available for download on Climate Calculator
the RecycleWorks website, along with additional solar energy Calculate the Carbon Footprint of your district, school,
information and resources. Visit www.RecycleWorks.org/schools/ or classroom by using a Climate Calculator. Visit
Protect Your Climate
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is offering 4th and
5th grade teachers a curriculum: “Protect Your Climate.” This is
a science-based curriculum that is aligned with California State
Content Standards. It provides teachers with sixteen lessons
based on hands-on experiments and activities. The goal is to give
students an understanding of climate change and how it fits into
air quality, energy, transportation, and waste issues. For more
information visit www.baaqmdgov/pln/climatechange.htm. Parks Curriculum (all
activities for 2nd-6th
Clue Into Climate
The “Clue into Climate” curriculum by the KQED Education
The San Mateo County Parks
Network has lessons that use multimedia resources including
Foundation has developed a
video clips, diagrams, and animation, which introduce students
guide to help teachers take
to the topics of climate change. All lessons are correlated to
advantage of park resources. The guide includes information
4th- 8th grade CA State Academic Science Content Standards.
about the parks, suggestions for teaching applications, fun
For more information visit www.kqed.org/education/educators/
activities for kids, and correlations to California State Content
Standards. Teachers can borrow the free Park Pack, with 15
copies of five different field guides, five sets of binoculars,
numerous hand lenses, and a nifty gadget that plays bird
songs. Contact the Foundation at 650-321-5812 or office@
GRANTS, CURRICULA & PROJE
Every year the San Mateo County Office of Education holds its
annual Science, Math, and Technology Fair at Hiller Aviation
WILDLIFE: Museum during the first week of February. This is a great
opportunity for 5th to 12th grade students to demonstrate their
work and compete against other students in the County. The top
Field Trips in San Mateo County
students can move on to the Bay Area and State Fairs.
Check out the following places and programs in San Mateo
County where you can take your students to experience nature. For more information visit www.smcoe.k12.ca.us or contact Janet
Shi at 650-802-5363 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For science fair
• Go on docent-led hikes in San Mateo County project ideas visit www.kids.gov/6_8/6_8_science_projects.shtml.
Edgewood Park or the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve:
www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/portal/site/parks San Mateo County Fair: Sustainable Living Awards
• Take a Discovery Voyage with the Marine Science Is your class or are your students creating artwork from materials
Institute and learn about the creatures that lurk in the that would otherwise be thrown out as trash? Or are your students
water and mud of the San Francisco Bay: www.sfbaymsi. engaged in science fair projects focused on sustainability topics?
org/school.html If you answered yes to these questions, then your class or students
should be encouraged to have these projects displayed and
• Discover the plants and animals in and around
recognized at the Sustainable Living Department in the San Mateo
Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay: http://cesanmateo.
County Fair, June 2011. Additionally, these projects compete
against others in various categories for awards and prizes. For
more information about this event email: slnt@smeventcenter.
• View Elephant Seals in their natural habitat on com, or visit: www.sanmateocountyfair.com.
the beach at Año Nuevo State Park:
www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=523 Check out the following organizations to discover
• Visit the wildlife habitats and gardens at the more grants and curricula to support your classroom.
Coyote Point Museum: www.coyoteptmuseum.org Gardening:
California School Garden Network
MORE LOCAL RESOURCES www.csgn.org
FOR THE CLASSROOM: KidsGardening.org
Free Presentations for Your Classes (all grades) Atmosphere:
RecycleWorks staff is available to give free presentations Climate Change Education.Org
to classes, small groups, school assemblies or events to www.climatechangeeducation.
support your school’s recycling, composting, waste org/k-12/index.html
reduction, and green building efforts. Contact RecycleWorks
at 1-888-442-2666 or schools@RecycleWorks.org for Alliance for Climate Education
more information. www.acespace.org/about
Kids Connect Energy:
(5th-7th grades) Energy Kids, U.S. Energy Information Administration
Help students make a connection between natural resources www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=6
and their daily consumption and disposal PG&E Solar Schools Program
habits by visiting the Kids Connect section of the www.pge.com/solarschools
ECTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL TOPICS CALIFORNIA STATE
The Blueprint and
Water: Environmental Education
California Coastal Commission
www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/peprograms.html On March 13, 2010 the White House released the Blueprint
For Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and
National Marine Sanctuary Secondary Education Act. Educators across the Country
www.sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/ocean_guardian are ecstatic to learn that this overhaul of the No Child
Left Behind Act includes the importance of environmental
education as being a valuable content area for a world-
Multiple Environmental Topics: class education along with literacy, mathematics, science,
California Regional Environmental Education technology, history, etc. To help achieve the goal that all
Community (CREEC) Network students in the U.S. receive a well-rounded education, the
www.creec.org/region4 proposal will make competitive grants available to states,
districts, and non-profit partners for improving the teaching
National Environmental Education Week and learning of all subject areas including environmental
www.eeweek.org education in high-needs schools. To learn more about the
Blueprint download it at www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/
blueprint/blueprint.pdf and check out pages 24 and 28.
California’s Education and Environment
FIND FREE STUFF It has been a long haul since Assembly Bill 1548 (2003)
FOR YOUR SCHOOL! and AB 1721 (2005) passed in order to implement an
environmental-based education into California classrooms.
This year the EEI curriculum was approved by the State
CalMAX for California’s Schools Board of Education (SBE), and is now available for use
CalRecycle has a website “to provide a source of used by teachers. The K-12th grade curriculum consist of 85
materials to California’s schools, businesses, and residents.” units teaching select Science and History-Social Science
You can search CALMAX for items that are free or sold academic standards. “Each EEI Curriculum unit teaches
at discount prices. Items that are free to schools are tax these standards to mastery using a unique set of California
deductible for businesses and individuals. CALMAX website: Environmental Principles and Concepts.” To download the
www.calrecycle.ca.gov/calmax/Kidmax.htm. units go to www.calepa.ca.gov/education/eei/Curriculum/
This is an excellent website where schools and nonprofits
can post their wish lists. Excess Access keeps track of what California Green Building Standard Code
you want and will match your requests with items available
Starting January 1st 2011, California will be implementing
from businesses. You will be notified by email of nearby
their new Green Building Standard Code. This will apply
donations that might match your wishes. Excess Access
to new construction and remodels at all school districts
throughout California. It will also apply to private schools
unless a local jurisdiction/city or county has a more stringent
FreeCycle green building code. Some of the measures that will be
Teachers and administrators can become part of a local included in the CA Code are providing accessible areas in
FreeCycle group. Through this network you will be able buildings for recycling, installing HVAC equipment that does
to search online for free items that nearby businesses, not contain Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and having naturally
organizations, and individuals are offering. Register at ventilated space in buildings. Learn more about this Code by
www.freecycle.org. visiting www.bsc.ca.gov/CALGreen/default.htm.
WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED AT SCHOOL
Free Technical Assistance! Reuse Centers
RecycleWorks staff can give your school or staff free technical There are several organizations in the area that collect a wide
assistance with beginning or expanding your school recycling variety of manufacturing byproducts, overruns and other
program. Call our hotline at 1-888-442-2666 to get started. scrap materials, and then redistribute them to schools and
community groups for reuse. Many of these materials are great
Computers for science and art projects! Visit the following local reuse
Goodwill donation sites in San
Mateo County accept working • Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) Redwood City; (650)
and non-working computer 802-5505, www.raft.net.
equipment for reuse and • Scroungers Center for Reusable Art Parts (SCRAP), San
recycling free of charge. Francisco; (415) 647-1746, www.scrap-sf.org.
RecycleWorks can help you find • The ReArt Store at Whole House Building Supply,
a local Goodwill donation site East Palo Alto; (650) 562-3417,
or other recycling centers for www.driftwoodsalvage.com/workshop_art/reart.html
your electronic waste.
Surplus Property Sales
Books Once a month the public can purchase surplus office
Visit RecycleWorks at www.RecycleWorks.org furniture, computers and office equipment from the County
and search the Recycling Database for locations in of San Mateo. Visit http://recycleworks.org/pdf/smc_surplus.
San Mateo County where you can donate books in good pdf. or contact Russ Hayes at 650-363-4690 for more
condition. Damaged softcover books can be recycled at information.
your school site in your mixed paper recycling bins.
Damaged hardcover books can be recycled at Sierra
Pacific Recycling in Redwood City, 650-364-3333 or
REUSE IDEAS: There are many resources
search www.RecycleWorks.org for additional locations.
on how to reuse materials to create art
and craft projects such as bird feeders,
Batteries and Fluorescent Lights collages, candleholders, decorative cards
It is illegal to dispose of these items in your trash. For and envelopes, etc. To connect with these
information on how to properly get rid of these items, call resources, check out the RecycleWorks
650-363-4305 or visit www.RecycleWorks.org/toxics.
Creative Reuse at: www.RecycleWorks.org/
Mail your used 3M transparencies (no paper) to the
address below for recycling. Please include your name and
organization for record keeping purposes.
3M Recycle Program c/o Gemark
99 Stevens Lane
Exeter, PA 18643
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