Classroom Waste Audit

Solid Waste School Programs & Presentations

What is the Power of R?

Power of R

The Power of R program includes teacher resource kits, as well as a variety of classroom workshops that are designed to be either stand-alone or presented as a part of the Inquiry Units. The information and delivery formats of the program are continually re-worked to engage different learning styles and stay current with emerging issues.

The Power of R workshops encourage students to consider their everyday choices and how they have an impact on our world.

Both the Curriculum Packages/Kits and the presentations are available to schools in Districts 71, 72 and 84 free of charge.

Classroom Presentations - Power of R Sessions

Grades K - 3
Students will make model landfills in small groups and learn the Power of R firsthand (approximately 1 hour)

Grades 4 - 7
Students will do either an individual or classroom waste audit and learn to think differently (approximately 1 hour with pre-presentation prep)

“We have now gone down to only one garbage can and have a 'green team' responsible for washing out plastic containers so they can be recycled!” Amanda Davidge - Teacher at Queneesh Elementary School

Grades 6-8
Students are introduced to the value of a circular vs. linear economy and about how what we consume can be even more important than how we manage our waste (approximately 1.5 hours)

Holiday Specific - support your students in planning a waste-free holiday with their families. This presentation includes information about where waste goes, and ideas about how to reduce your footprint over the holiday season, including some fun things for them to take home (approximately 1 hour, most appropriate for K-5).

Leadership Classes/Clubs

Have our educator support your leadership class in creating a school-wide waste audit or waste diversion initiative.

School Green Teams/Environmental Committees

Contact us for a resource kit to help spark ideas for initiatives that can be implemented in your school.

Family Nights

Cook, Eat and Learn – Waste-free lunches

Our Educator will host an evening for families at your school, completing a waste audit, speaking about waste-free lunches, and culminating in a cooking class for some lunch treat ideas.

We are open to planning a custom workshop to meet the needs of your school and classroom – contact us to brainstorm ideas to help us grow this program!

"I can't thank you enough. Your lessons were fabulous, and you were such a great instructor. This was so perfect for our school inquiry. Thanks for being such a big part of it! I hope to work with you more next year." Myra Wilson - Teacher at Airport Elementary School

Connect With Us

Contact Environmental Educator Tina Willard-Stepan to discuss your needs, and to book your spot:

Contact Tina