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Tips for Kids
Kids can help to save water. Even if you do each day just one of the things listed below you’re doing the right thing! For more water conservation tips please visit The Water Page.
- Don’t leave the water running while you wash your hands. Wet your hands and
turn the water off completely. Use soap and then turn the
water on to rinse.
- Don’t leave the
water running while you’re brushing your teeth. Turn the faucet on to get your toothbrush and toothpaste
wet, and then again to rinse your mouth and toothbrush.
- Tell adults at home and at school when faucets are dripping or toilets liking so it can be repaired. A liking toilet can waste 600 gallons each month! Suggest them to use “low-flow” toilet and shower head to conserve water. A regular shower head uses as
much as 7 gallons of water every minute!
- Take short showers instead of baths. Bath use a lot of water, about 37 gallons!
a wastebasket for used tissues, or things like gum wrappers or paper
towels. Don’t flush them. The average
flush uses as much as 5 gallons of water!
you have plants in your house? When meals are prepared and vegetables
or other fresh produce are washed, collect that water and use it to
water the plants. Or put a barrel outdoors to catch rain water and use it to water your plants.
- Do you like a drink of
cold water now and then? Rather than running the kitchen faucet for
several minutes to get cold water, keep a pitcher of water in the
there is a dishwasher in your house, encourage everyone to scrape their
plates rather than rinse them before loading them into the machine. It
should always be full before turning it on.
- In the summertime,
it’s fun to play under the lawn sprinkler. When you do, make sure it’s
when the lawn is being watered at the same time. If the adults in your home occasionally water the
lawn, encourage them to water in the cooler parts of the day (early
morning, or after sunset), and never on windy days. This prevents water being
lost to evaporation. Suggest adults to mow as high as the mower goes (3 to 4 inches). A taller cut helps
shade out weeds and conserve moisture.
Verona kids are doing their green homework!
Every year since 2009 Verona public elementary schools' students help to improve our air quality by participating in the VEC’s Idle
annual poster contest. All artwork submitted in 2011 is currently on display at the Essex County
Environmental Center in Roseland, NJ. Open to all and free of charge! Monday
through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm
and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. The Center is located at 621 Eagle
Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068. Pictured is Tara Casella, the center's director visiting the exhibit. For more information please call the ECEC at (973) 228-8776.
Visit the new Walk to School Day
and Idle Free
poster contest pages with plenty of photos from the event and continue walking throughout the year!Green Cleaning: In early 2009, ten students from Laning Avenue School attended a Board of Education meeting to ask that "green" cleaning
products be used at Verona's schools.The students reminded us all of the health hazards
associated with traditional cleaning products. The school district is currently phasing out cleaning products that are not environmentally friendly. Well done!
F.N.Brown Eco Fair
F. N. Brown School held their Annual Eco-Fair on May 18th, 2012. Close to 250 students participated creating amazing objects with recycled materials, such as musical instruments, animals, historical figures and posters.
Students played the VEC's educational game “How Long it Takes to Decompose”, pictured here with the VEC Chairman Gerard Shimonaski. All grades visited the exhibit and learned environmental facts during the school day. The exhibit remained open after school for the whole family to attend.
For more information about this wonderful exhibit please CLICK HERE
The three R's
To help Verona save money and go "Green" please watch our presentation about Verona's Recycling Programs
here, created by
VEC members targeting third and fourth grade students.
The VEC presented this program at the
following schools: Forest Ave., Laning Ave. (pictured left), F.N.Brown,
Brookdale Ave. and Our Lady of the Lake. SEE MORE PICTURES HERE
The three R's of the environment are reduce, reuse and recycle
Every year we throw away 50 billion of food and drink cans in the U.S.
More than 30% of our waste is packaging materials and 85% of our garbage
goes to a dump; where it can take hundreds of years to decompose. We
are running out of space! Don't buy things you don't need or items that
come in wasteful packaging. Avoid also things that cannot be recycled.
Reduce consumption, reuse manufactured products and recycle
whatever you can.
The Verona Recycling Center located at 10 Commerce
Ct. is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Earth Science, Weather and Space
Ask an Earth Scientist USGS Water Science for Schools
Ask a Geologist
The Astronomy Café
USGS for Kids
Environment and Nature
EPA for Kids
NIEHS Kids Pages
Museum of Natural History for Kids
NOAA-Ocean and Atmosphere
National Geographic AAEA Endangered Animals
Kids’ Do It Yourself Science
Ready to Go to School...GREEN?
Considering that in the U.S. we throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles
every hour and 86% of those are NOT recycled; going to school offers a
great opportunity to go "green". The first two ingredients of a low-waste lunch are a reusable lunch container and a refillable bottle.
Try "I will pack my own lunch and
avoid disposable packaging" or "This
will be the year I walk to school every time". Improve your health
while you help the planet!
Ready to get greener? Check out GO TO SCHOOL GREEN!
Games and Activities
Welcome to Recycle City! This kid friendly site from the EPA has games, activities, and fun facts to show you why recycling is so important.
Soil Composting Activity
This fun activity can show you how to make fertile soil out of things
you would find in a trash can. Fertile soil helps plants grow and can
provide food for lots of people.
- Sort Mania Game This game by the Enviromental Protection Agency that will show you how to sort and recycle.
- Planet Protectors Club Check out how you can be a member of the Planet Protectors Club for Kids! It involves fun games and activities.
- Yucky Worm World Check out the yuckiest site on the internet and how worms are professional recyclers.
Paper University Can you get your diploma at the University of Paper? Don't forget to click the Fortune Teller for fun paper facts.
Water Conservation Fun Water conservation starts with you, so go have some fun and learn new tips in the tip tank!
The Imagination Factory At the imagination factory, you can be creative and make art from garbage. Creating art is another, awesome way to recycle.
- Ecology Kid's Page This website will show you why waste reduction is important. And of course there are cool games to help you learn.
- Ollie's World Click on the kid's collection and join Ollie's Club. Meet his friends, hang out on his island, and help him save the planet.
- Recycle Roundup The National Geographic has created this amazing game to help you recycle. Do you have two minutes to spare?
- Recycle Works Kids Connect the paper chain, learn when trash is really trash, and play more recycle games.
Kid's Recycling Zone Learn an awesome magic trick, sort out the truths, and train to be a super hero.
- Meet the Greens Green fashion, green garbage, green games, and a green planet!
Learn More Fun Facts
Recycling This site will tell you interesting facts about recycling and then you can test your knowledge with these fun quizzes.
Hey! Don't Throw That Out! Read what Dr. Watts and Dr. Edwards have to say about recycling.
- The Green Squad
First you get to meet the squad. Then learn if your school is doing its
part. Take an interactive tour. And encourage your school to do more.
- Kids Recycle Your school can become a Zero Waste School and you can help. There is a section for teachers, too!
Green Planet 4 Kids Meet a family that recycles. They are not exactly what you think. Plus, you might find a section full of comics.
- NIEHS Kids' Pages Do you know what the 3R's are? Check if you're right.
Wonderful World of Waste Check out five fun steps to making waste go away in an Earth-friendly way.
- Recycling Facts & Trivia
When was the first piece of recycled paper made? What are tin cans
really made of? How long can a 100-watt light bulb work from recycling
one glass bottle?
- Roscoe's Recycle Room Come and meet my friend Roscoe! He is really excited about recycling. Click here to find out why.
- Kids Ecology Corps Become a real member of this club that is dedicated to protecting the environment. Kids can make a difference.
Learn About Saving Energy
- Energy Kids Energy is an important part of recycling. This site can tell you how.
Arts and Crafts
The following 10 environmental children’s
books are amongst our favorites.
- Brother Eagle, Sister Sky by Susan Jeffers
- Earth Book For Kids by Linda Schwartz
- The Everything Kids’ Environment Book by Sheri Amsel
- It's Not Mean to be Green by Jamie Kleman
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
- The Tree by Dana Lyons and David Lane Danioth
- The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle by Nuria Roca
- This Is My Planet: The Kids’ Guide to Global Warming by Jan Thornhill
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
This tale, told in Dr. Seuss' trademark rhymes, is a good introduction to environmental awareness. Ages 4 and up.
25 minutes movie (1972).