Top 3 Eco-Friendly Back To School Stories

August 11, 2014

It’s that time of year again! Students will be heading back to school in the upcoming weeks. And preparing for this can be quite wasteful at times. Here are some eco-friendly back to school news stories to help you and the environment. And even if you’re older, these tips can benefit you as well.

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Channel NewsAsia reported that Nanyang Technological University now has eco-friendly resident halls. NTU started its school year on Wednesday and made adjustments to two dorm halls making them greener. “The halls, which can accommodate up to 1,250 students, will be a vital test-bed for innovative green technologies like solar panelling and include environmentally-friendly features like a rain garden,” the article said. NTU also plans to build three more dorm halls by 2016.

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Many shoppers don’t realize that small gestures make the biggest difference. WECT Channel 6 reported eco-friendly back to school preparation tips that includes everything from school supplies to preparing healthy lunches.  With a few adjustments, shoppers could also save money.

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average child throws away 67 pounds of lunch waste each school year. The Huffington Post reported ways to help reduce student lunch waste. The article includes many ways to utilize reusable containers such as lunch bags, water bottles, utensils and napkins.

-Sheila Headspeth

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