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How To's and Tips

For Bay restoration to be a success, we all must do our part. Our everyday actions - from fertilizing our lawns and using water to driving our cars to work and school - have a major impact on the Bay, one that can't be fixed by government and non-profit restoration partners alone. By making simple changes in our lives, each one of us can take part in restoring the Bay and its rivers for future generations to enjoy.

Foster environmental literacy

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Look for ways to incorporate the environment into book reports or class book discussions. Eco-Fiction has a list of young adult books with environmental themes.

Foster environmental literacy

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Teach students about issues such as climate change, forests and blue crabs to engage them with what’s happening in the environment where they live. Bay Backpack is a site designed to help teachers create environmental lessons for students and contains hundreds of resources on a variety of topics.

Walk or bike to school

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Cut emissions entirely by arranging a bike train or group walk to school.

Carpool to school

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Reduce emissions by arranging a carpool in your neighborhood.

Swap clothing

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Consider a clothing swap with classmates or donate clothes that don’t fit anymore. For schools with uniforms, set up a day to exchange skirts, pants and shirts that have been outgrown for larger sizes.

Encourage recycling

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Check out your school’s recycling programs. Are recycling bins available and are people encouraged to use them? Make sure you know what can and can’t be recycled, and spread the word.

Reduce waste

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Use a lunch box instead of plastic or paper bags for lunch. Buy reusable, sealed containers for drinks, sandwiches, snacks and other lunch items instead of re-sealable plastic bags.

Reuse school supplies

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Before buying new school supplies, take a look at what you already have. Reuse notebooks, folders and other supplies that are still in good condition from previous years.

Reduce waste

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When buying school supplies, look for items made out of recycled materials. For example, buy notebooks and pencils made from 100% post-consumer content.

Start an Environmental Club

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Start or join an environmental club at your school to help raise awareness of Bay-related issues.

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