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Earth Flag for Schools Print E-mail

Earth Flag

Certification Requirements

 

Bryan Middle School

 

Teacher/staff in-service

The inservice is provided by SCARCE.  In this (free) 30-45 minute session, a SCARCE representative educates the teachers and staff of the school about the Earth Flag certification, water & energy conservation, recycling, green initiatives, etc.  This program is intended to "kick-off" the school's participation in the Earth Flag certification program.  At least 75% of staff and teachers need to be present.

 

 

 

 


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Student education

This requirement is generally the second step of the certification process.  SCARCE staff go to the school and present to the students in an assembly-type setting.  Please contact SCARCE for a list of educational programs available for this step, including the description and cost for all assemblies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reduction activities

This step of the Earth Flag certification can be done by the school or with SCARCE help. Some examples of reduction activities are no-waste lunch, waste audit, paper-free day, locker/desk leftover, book/puzzle exchanges, both sides of paper policy, one note home per family, etc.  If you would like more information on any of the reduction activities, please contact SCARCE. 

  

 

  

 

 

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Ongoing school recycling policy

Recycling is an extremely important step in the Earth Flag certification process.  The school must have recycling for paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum.  If you do not already have recycling at your school, SCARCE can help you with set up and implementation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-Certification

If your school earned or recertified its Earth Flag prior to June 2002, you are ready to recertify!   The recertification program is designed to revitalize your school’s environmental efforts and to educate students and staff new to your school since its original Earth Flag certification.  The requirements for recertification are the same as the the requirements for earning an Earth Flag (see above).

 

The Earth Flag Program is funded by the DuPage County Environmental Committee

285 of the 320 schools in DuPage County have earned their Earth Flag - has yours?  Have you recertified (136 have)?  How about an Ecology Flag?  Click the Earth Flag Schools list above to see where your schools stands

 
New Mindset from Earning Earth Flag
"Meeting with Kay, from SCARCE, to discuss the “Earth Flag for Businesses” initiative was an enlightening and informative experience. It was evident from the onset of our meeting that Kay McKeen is a very knowledgeable and dedicated conservationist. In the short amount of time it took to conduct our “green audit,” we learned many simple ways that Subaru Great Lakes Region can modify its business practices to conserve energy and other valuable resources. Shutting off a light switch and computer monitor at the end of the workday will conserve energy. Distributing recycling receptacles throughout our office space will promote the recycling of paper, cardboard, aluminum cans and other materials. These nearly effortless gestures will allow each of us to make a difference in contributing toward the overall “green” environment we wish to maintain at our regional location.

The single most important aspect of our meeting, however, was how our awareness of “green” opportunities immediately increased. Both Linda and I are now more in tune to “green” discussions on the radio, articles in the media and information found by reading labels on products in our household. It is amazing how quickly our paradigm shifted and how much more cognizant we are of environmental impact. We wish to extend our thanks to Kay, and the SCARCE team, for educating us in such an important mission. We look forward to working with them to learn more about environmental strategies that we can adopt for our workplace."
- Debbie Jeffries, Information Technology Analyst, at Subaru of America, Inc.