Nebraska Wildlife Week 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Wildlife Week 2010: "Keep Rivers Wild for Wildlife"

 

Wildlife Week 2009: "Nebraska's Wild Places"

 

Wildlife Week 2008: "Pollinators!"

 

 Wildlife Month 2007: "Nebraska's Natural Legacy"

 

Wildlife Week 2006: "Migration, Wings on the Move"

 


Wildlife Week 2005: "Native Prairies"

 

Rowe Sanctuary

Energy, Water & Recycling

 

The Nebraska Department of Education says our state has about 1,250 public and private schools. According to the US Department of Energy, the Nation's K-12 schools spend more than $6 billion per year on energy -- more than they spend on computers and textbooks combined. The Department of Energy also says that as much as 30% of the energy used in many schools is wasted because of insufficient insulation, outdated equipment or poor operating practices. The Department of Energy's EnergyStar website has resources that can help schools track, understand, and better manage energy costs.

 

Schools can also use large amounts of water. Bathrooms, kitchens, and locker rooms are places to look for potential savings, which can come from more efficient plumbing equipment as well as more careful use. At some schools, a substantial amount of water is used to water grass, trees, and sports fields. Use of native plant species can reduce watering needs because native plants are better adapted to Nebraska soils and rainfall. The Alliance for Water Efficiency has an online resource library that could prove helpful.

 

If you don't think schools throw away large amounts of materials, take a look at the trash bins out behind your school. Paper, metal, plastic, and food waste can all make up large parts of the waste stream. Waste reduction and recycling programs can be a great way to involve students, staff and the community, but they can also be a challenge. Laws and policies designed for health and safety purposes can sometimes make it difficult to store cans, bottles, and papers destined for recycling. A website that might be helpful is RecycleNowSchools.

 

The National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools program includes energy use, water use, waste reduction and recycling in its holistic approach to greening our schools. The program provides assistance to schools looking to address these and other parts of a whole-school approach to involving students, teachers, administrators and the community in improving our schools.

 

 

Outdoor Classrooms
Energy, Water and Recycling
Environmental Education Curriculum
Involving Your Community
Audubon's Spring Creek Prairie

Central Platte Natural Resources District

Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary

National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools
Adopt a Stream
Wildlife Week Poster Contest
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