There's a good recycling program at my school, established and run mostly by students—including the custodial, deal-with-the-trash part. It started small and it's gotten bigger over the past couple years. We can be proud of that, and we should encourage it. But there are clearly many more ways that my big old school could get "greener." Here are a few examples:
- We waste paper in massive quantities.
- Heat escapes from exterior doors and windows left open.
- Water leaks from poor plumbing, at least in the faculty bathroom I use—and it's been leaking for a long time now.
- What food do students have access to? (My impression is that it's mostly the typical junk but I haven't checked.)
- E-waste? (I don't have any direct knowledge about this either.)
- Other stuff I'm not remotely aware of...
The motivation for projects like these is latent in our students. If we grown-ups can be creative enough to tap into it, everybody wins. I'd like to be present when some kids slap a ladder up against the gymnasium wall to climb up and install solar panels on the roof. If that makes me crazy, I'm crazy.