Facilitating Lasting Changes at an Elementary School

Laurie JAMES


The purpose of this study was to determine how to minimize waste in a school setting by reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting waste products. Specifically, the desire was to identify what steps could be taken to decrease waste practices at a Title I elementary school. Through the Washington Green Schools certification process, a Waste and Recycling Assessment and Characterization Audit allowed for the collection of data. The assessment examined how much and what types of waste products were disposed of at the school. Based on the audit, 93% of waste products in the cafeteria were recyclable or compostable. The results provided ways for the students and staff to take action resulting in behavioral changes that taught and modeled environmental conservation. This study can help revolutionize school communities by serving as a prototype for environmental sustainability enhancing an eco-friendly citizenry.


Conservation, Eco-friendly, Natural resources, Recycle, Sustainability

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic Elementary Education
Pages 443 - 454
Issue IEJEE, Volume 8, Issue 3
Date of acceptance 23 November 2015
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Author(s) Details

Laurie JAMES

Western Washington University, United States


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