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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

 
Earth Flag Impacts Students for the Rest of Their Lives

The Earth Flag symbolized that our school was operating in an environmentally friendly way. For eight years of grammar school both of my children were encouraged by our school to use reusable lunch bags, sandwich containers, and cloth napkins. This may not sound like much, but this continued in our family through high school and college. It has evolved into our way of living and my children are now young adults using refillable water bottles and Chico bags. We live with the awareness that what we do impacts our environment and we are grateful to SCARCE for enlightening us.

Patricia White, DuPage county resident, St. Philip the Apostle School