Waldorf School of Princeton’s Eco-friendly Practices
June 22, 2014 by
Waldorf School of Princeton is a proud part of Eco School, one of the 117 schools in New Jersey that include eco-friendly practices in their curriculum. Eco School is an initiative by National Wildlife Federation (USA) prevalent in 59 countries. The school gives academic and practical experiences to its students in various green activities.
Eco-Friendly Practices at School
There is no better way to teach impressionable young minds the value and techniques of saving the environment than organizing events such as tree planting and collecting waste food. Items such as apple cores and carrot peels are used as nutrients for the school gardens. Students learn about composting waste, using recyclable and reusable items rather than use and throw items such as plastic bags.
Included in their curriculum are topics such as energy efficiency, biodiversity and sustainable foods. Every year, they select one such green activity and conduct various activities for it, this year the topics were consumption and leftover wastes. Older students in the eighth grade up-cycled wood to create large compost bins while their juniors collected waste from all classrooms and put them in the bins. The school is also involved in recycling and regularly measures its recycling compactors to understand the process.
Various schools across the country have joined this innovative initiative of teaching the younger generations about making the world a green, toxic-free place. This disciplines the students and inspires their parents to use the same methods at home. Irrespective of the school type, all are free to be a part of the Eco School network. Eco-friendly items such as compactors and water storage bins are provided to schools to help them achieve good results under the same network. Depending on the number of activities conducted, their effectiveness and student participation, schools are awarded prizes, Waldorf School of Princeton winning the Bronze Award this year.
Eco-Friendly Practices and Promotional Items Creating Awareness in Students
Schools that form a part of this network share ideas and results together. Use of eco-friendly items reduces the cost of managing wastes and conducting green drives. Eco-friendly promotional items are now directed exclusively at children too, some of them being bags, toys, lunch boxes for personal use. Companies manufacturing and marketing them are Eco Marketing Solutions, Eco-Swag, Garrett Specialties and 4imprint. These articles help children appreciate the green drives conducted by the Eco Schools and contribute to the safety of the environment.