Environmental Services 2022-2023
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Thank you for being a part of the effort to expand environmental awareness and activism in Richardson ISD! Below are some resources to help you serve your school community.
Protecting our environment is one of the most important things we can do for our children and future generations. We need to teach our children that their future may depend on the environmental awareness they develop now.
How to Start Your Program
For Local PTA Chair
- Meet with your president and principal to discuss potential goals and role of your committee.
- Determine if there is a need for school or community improvements, either inside or outdoors. If so, plan a meeting and invite speakers who can explain the problem and offer possible solutions. Find out how the PTA can help.
- Include students in projects to supplement environmental education, to teach them to care for plant life and respect for other people’s property, to value litter-free and unpolluted surroundings, and to conserve energy and to recycle.
- Encourage campus participation in PTA and community environmental events/activities.
- Sign up for the Go Green Initiative and start implementing some of the elements.
- Encourage recycle, reduce, and reuse strategies on your campus.
Meet with school staff and parents concerning environmental needs and concerns in the school community.
- Clean up of school grounds or community areas - consider creeks, rivers, and beaches.
- Improve the playground area. Additional benches, foursquare or hopscotch designs on the paved areas, and workout stations with instruction plaques are just a few ideas that can encourage more use of the playground.
- Plan and build an outdoor learning center, nature trail, butterfly or vegetable garden. This may be a long-term project that can involve the community and local business partners. The end result will be very gratifying for those involved and will be appreciated for years to come.
- A PTA might host an environmental contest, or choose to sponsor an anti-litter campaign, or donate books to the library and materials for environmental study.
Download 21-Day Eco-Challenge Flyers
21-Day RISD Eco-Challenge introduction here
March 21-Day RISD Eco-Challenge English here
Mario 21-Day RISD Eco-Challenge Spanish here
Earth Month ways to celebrate here
Help the Earth by writing here
American Lung Association www.lung.org
Children's Environmental Health Network www.cehn.com
Keep America Beautiful www.kab.org
Sierra Club www.sierraclub.org
Recycling Companies/ Organizations
Plastics Resources www.plasticsresource.com
Waste Management www.wm.com
EPA's Enviro Kids Club- Elementary Ages www.energyhog.org
EPA's Student Center- Secondary Ages www.epa.gov/kids
Kids Gardening www.kidsgardening.com
North American Association for Environmental Education www.naaee.org
Clean Texas www.cleantexas.org
Recycling Alliance of Texas www.recycletx.com
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality www.tceq.com
Register with Texas PTA
Thank you for serving as a member of your 2023-2024 Local PTA Executive Board! Every local Officer and Chair must register with the Texas PTA so that they can communicate with you on important updates throughout the coming year.