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By Kayla Bergman
Policy Manager Center for Rural Affairs 

Educators can become climate leaders with small cahanges in their classrooms


September 15, 2022

Reducing their carbon footprint in the classroom doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming for educators. By taking small steps, such as recycling and reusing materials, teachers can create a climate-smart classroom that makes a lasting impact.

To encourage recycling, teachers can create containers to collect snack packaging and other materials. As the school year goes on, teachers can also collect dried up markers for recycling and, instead of throwing them away, melt broken crayons to form new ones.

Another way to reduce carbon footprint in the classroom is to replace single-use...

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