Going Green for Back to School
Green lessons are easy to include in your back-to-school planning! Just keep the three (green) R’s in mind:
Next time you’re idling in a long line of cars, inching your way towards a school entrance, keep this in mind. According to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, a 1% reduction in the home-to-school commute would result in 300 million fewer vehicle miles and save an estimated $50 million in fuel costs. Even better, studies show that kids who walk or bike to school are not only fitter, they also have higher GPAs! Green is good, but safety always comes first, and you can find plenty of helpful tips here.
FYI: Most Pardee homes are conveniently located within easy walking or biking distance of neighborhood schools.
Hunting and gathering school supplies is a great time for your children to show their green savvy. Start by encouraging your kids to mine last year’s stockpile for forgotten or barely used treasures. From binders to backpacks, you may find there’s plenty to go around from what you have at home, without purchasing a lot of new items.
Chances are your kids have been recycling almost as long as they have been programming your cell phones. For most kids tossing an empty soda can into a bin rather than the trash is a no-brainer, so encouraging them to look for items that are made from recycled materials should be easy. Did you know the average student produces approximately 66 pounds of disposable lunch waste annually? Do the math, that’s a lot of juice boxes, sandwich bags and paper napkins! This year, do your local landfill a favor, and let your kids pick out their own cool lunchboxes and reusable containers. Check out Waste-Free Lunches for some great ideas about all the good stuff you can put in them.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to green up your school routine. Live green, and you’ll save green, too!
Pardee Homes has been a leader in green building since 2001. If you’d like to know more about what that means for our homeowners, click here.
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