New York City launched the Zero Waste Schools program in September, as part of their Mayor’s five-year program to help the city reach zero-waste by 2030 (wow, what a FANTASTIC goal for a major city to strive for).
The city has partnered with the Department of Education, the Department of Sanction and GrowNYC, a environmental non-profit. Their purpose of targeting schools, is because these young children will grow and develop these habits, that will hopefully carry them through their life. They will also bring these habits and their education about zero-waste living and the plastic problem, into their homes.
The program starts with a few schools, and a sustainability coordinator is appointed. Zero Waste Schools goes in and educates all of the teachers, principals, custodial staff, etc., so everyone is on the same page – and they can’t opt out if they were chosen.
I love this project so much, and kudos to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitions and incredible goal.
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