Posted by Environmental Protection Agency on January 19, 2015

Learning by Doing: Students Take Greening to the Community. (2011). To ensure sustainability and environmental protection, authors of this EPA publication promote green-focused service learning programs. The EPA presents several project examples and features youth development programs around the country. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Service-learning is more than just a buzzword for community service or volunteering. By participating in an environmental service-learning project, you are making a difference in your future and the future of our planet. Service-learning goes beyond what is learned in the classroom. It is a hands-on experience. Students gain new skills by working directly with the community. Service-learning enhances students’ valuable academic skills, including communication, teambuilding, and critical thinking; builds their self-esteem; and develops their sense of responsibility for decision-making

This booklet contains several service-learning projects that focus on various aspects of safe solid waste management, such as recycling, composting, and reducing
household hazardous waste. Some projects even address the entire life-cycle of products by making the flow of materials through the environment and the economy more sustainable.

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