• All About Earth Day

    U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin organized the first Earth Day in on April 22, 1970, and it served as a catalyst to bring a simmering environmental movement to the forefront of American consciousness. Just eight years earlier, Rachel Carson published a groundbreaking book titled Silent Spring that critically examined the impact of industrialization on our planet and connected our actions with the health of our environment. Carson observed that the heavy use of pesticides was killing off birds, making the forests silent. Some credit her book with jump-starting the environmental movement. Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Apr 20, 2017)
  • San Francisco Youth Help Meet Recycling, Landfill Diversion Goals

    The City of San Francisco has long been at the forefront of recycling and landfill diversion. Almost 20 years ago, the city introduced green waste bins and implemented a three-bin waste collection system in residential neighborhoods. Shortly after that, the city launched Food to Flowers! in its schools. Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Apr 6, 2017)
  • California Teachers Integrate Environmental Literacy into Classrooms with CalRecycle Curriculum

    Kyle McDaniel is an Earth Science teacher at Grant Union High School in Sacramento. He is integrating environmental literacy into his classroom instruction by using the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum as a foundation for his science classes. Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Mar 16, 2017)
  • Lettuce in Landfills Leads to Climate Change

    Landfilled organic materials (like landscape trimmings and food waste) produce methane gas, which is a short-lived climate pollutant that negatively affects our environment and contributes to changes in Earth’s temperature and weather patterns. Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Mar 9, 2017)
  • What is Climate Change?

    Climate change is a hot topic for our country right now. While the vast majority of the scientific community agrees that humans are having an impact on our planet, there are still some who remain skeptical that it exists and is a problem worth solving. Those paying close attention are convinced we need to reduce our impact on the planet because we can already see drastic changes to the landscape of our continents. Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Mar 2, 2017)
  • Lodi Students Learn About California Watersheds with Environmental Science Curriculum

    Three years ago, Kathy Grant, the City of Lodi Watershed Program Coordinator, enlisted the help of CalRecycle’s Office of Education and the Environment (OEE) to organize a free teacher professional development program to equip educators with resources to teach students about water. The event was such a success that the city has continued to offer the program to new teachers each school year. Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Feb 27, 2017)