Green Tips Library
How to conserve water in your home and outdoors. Water Conservation >>
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
What does reducing and reusing mean? Learn about buying recycled, reusing, and donating. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle >>
Energy Efficiency at Work
Energy efficiency is the most cost effective approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to managing a building’s operating costs. Energy Efficiency at Work >>
Additional Internet resources to help you learn and live green.
Learn more about composting rules in Arlington County >>
- Virginia Naturally is a gateway to statewide environmental education resources including information about volunteer opportunities, educational classes, places to visit, community events, watershed maps, lesson plans, and recreational activities.
- Pollution Solutions is a litter and pollution prevention curriculum supplement based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for grades K-12.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Teacher Resources on Solid Waste and Recycling Education (PDF).
- Earth Force engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Earth Force trains and supports educators in programs that enable young people to lead community action projects focused on creating sustainable solutions to local environment issues in the community.
- Learn about earth-friendly alternatives that reduce waste in landfills, including recycling and composting with this composting curriculum for grades 3 - 5.
- The Watershed Action website offers one stop help in planning and organizing service-learning projects to prevent water pollution in your watershed. Within this site you can access everything from scientific background information or curricula to local experts or stencils for painting storm drain signs.
- Want to educate kids about water? These free materials from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Environmental Resources Center can provide you with the information you need to get started.
- Give Water a Hand, a national watershed education program designed to involve young people in local environmental service projects. Also available in Spanish.
- Magnificent Groundwater Connection groundwater activity guide is applicable to a wide range of subject matter and the topics include basic concepts on the water cycle, water distribution, treatment, and stewardship. This page includes five sample lesson activity plans.
- The Water Sourcebooks explain the water management cycle showing how it affects all aspects of the environment, with 324 activities for grades K-12 divided into four sections: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
- World Water Monitoring Day helps watershed leaders, educators and trained volunteers to educate students and citizens how the actions of individuals in a watershed can impact environmental quality and human health.
- Earth Friendly Kids' Activities
Environmental Data Sources
- Check out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Energy Star Products if you are considering a major appliance purchase. These energy saving appliances will save you money on your energy and water bills!
- Find the most fuel efficient car for your needs at EPA's Green Vehicle Guide.
- Even if you have tried to reduce and reuse as much as possible, sometimes you do need to buy something new. In that case, remember that in addition to recycling at home, a great way to help the environment is by purchasing products made from recycled materials! Check out the EPA's Buy Recycled website to learn how you can tell if products have recycled content and what manufacturers make them.
- RecycleStore is part of a nationwide effort to increase the purchase of recycled-content products.
Grasscycling and Lawn Care
- The US Green Building Council is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.
- National Geographic has created this Green Guide with information about living green and sustainability.
- Energy efficiency information for homes and businesses.
- Design and construction information from Building Green, an independent company committed to providing accurate, unbiased, and timely information designed to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings.
- Recycle construction and building materials with Loading Dock. The Loading Dock accepts all kinds of materials, including paint, lumber, plumbing fixtures, doors, cabinets, windows, caulks, moldings, and other reusable materials from the home building industry.
- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) website has a lot of useful information on saving energy.
- Tips on Saving Energy and Money at Home (PDF) from DOE.
- General bibliography of resources for churches to pursue energy efficiency and conservation.
- The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.
- Find energy-efficient product manufacturers. This website is devoted to serving professionals whose work promotes sustainable design and construction.
Learn more about recycling in Arlington County >>
- Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE) is a non-profit organization in Arlington. Their website includes a variety of information on Arlington's environment and volunteer opportunities.
- The purpose of the OurEarth website is to raise awareness, educate the public, and ultimately make it easier for everyone to be environmentally responsible.
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