Current Efforts: Observe What Others are Doing to Help

After you learn about the problem of waste and how it impacts everyone, check out current efforts to reduce waste and protect the environment. To get you started, below are some examples of videos, posters, websites, inventions, public messages, and community events and educational programs.

Videos

THE STORY OF REUSE

This EPA video explains that what you’re throwing away is valuable, not trash.

FIX A LEAK WITH WATERSENSE!

This EPA video reminds you of the steps you can take to Check, Twist, and Replace as you save water for yourself and your community.

REDUCE WASTED HOLIDAY FOOD

This EPA video shares steps to cut down your food waste.

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE – 3 R SONG

Students of Sunset Beach Elementary School sing Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

 

Posters

HELP THE EARTH

By Michael, USA

PACK A WASTE-FREE LUNCH

By Environmental Protection Agency

Websites

CLIMATEKIDS.NASA.GOV

This website provides answers from NASA to the big questions of what’s happening to our oceans, atmosphere, and ecosystems.  

ADCOUNCIL.ORG

This website helps people understand that 40% of food in the United States is wasted.

Inventions: Then And Now

COMPOSTING

Early Bronze Age Scottish farmers spread “compost” heaps containing manure, vegetable waste, ash, and other organic matter before sowing their plots.

RECYCLED PAPER

Japan is the first recorded country to reuse paper. Used documents and paper were re-pulped into new, recycled paper.

DESALINATION

Aristotle and other intellectuals in ancient Greece discovered that sea water could be distilled and filtered to obtain drinking water.

SOLAR ENERGY

In 1839, Alexandre Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect, which explains how electricity can be generated from sunlight.

ELECTRIC CAR

In the early 19th century, Scottish inventor Robert Anderson developed the first electric carriage powered by non-rechargeable primary cells.

The Next Big Idea

Between now and May 1, 2017, we need you and your team to invent a new product (or improve an existing product) to help reduce waste.

 

PUBLIC MESSAGES

  • REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE

    Almost everything we use on a daily basis can be reused, reduced, and/or recycled. This campaign reminds us to do just that.

  • GO GREEN

    In the 19th century, author Henry David Thoreau wrote about living a “green” life in The Maine Woods in his call for conservation, forest preservation, and respect for nature. Today, the Go Green message reminds everyone to be environmentally conscious.

  • CHANGE A LIGHT, CHANGE THE WORLD

    This national call-to-action encourages individuals and organizations to help save energy and protect the environment through energy-efficient lighting.

  • THE GREATEST WONDER OF THE SEA IS THAT IT’S STILL ALIVE

    This Greenpeace message communicates that the environment affects our daily lives more than people think.

  • JOIN YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS IN HELPING TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT

    This message encourages motel and hotel guests to re-use their towels.

  • MAKE EVERYDAY EARTH DAY

    Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 in more than 193 countries around the world.  The Make Everyday Earth Day message reminds us to protect our planet throughout the year.

Community Events & Educational Programs

  • FOOD: TOO GOOD TO WASTE (FTGTW)

    The EPA’s FTGTW program consists of an implementation guide and toolkit that aim to reduce wasteful household food management practices. The guide teaches local governments and community organizations how to implement a Food: Too Good to Waste campaign in their community using the toolkit.

  • SEIZE THE GRID

    Through the Sierra Club’s Seize The Grid Campaign, young people across the country will create the demand and the vision for local clean energy opportunities that work for their campuses, their communities, and their states.

  • GO GREEN INITIATIVE

    This initiative is all about helping schools create a campus-wide culture of conservation.

  • WORLD BANK YOUTH SUMMIT

    The World Bank Group, in partnership with the Office of United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, established this summit to empower youth to promote their ideas on the environment.

  • EARTH FORCE

    Youth are engaged as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future.

  • COMMUNITY RECYCLING DAY

    Community recycling/collection programs help keep waste out of landfills and provide residents, businesses, and other community members an opportunity to safely and responsibly recycle waste that may be difficult to dispose of through regular trash collection.