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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 08/20/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION191.1MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
38,356 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 148.1 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
29,726 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $20,452 DOLLARS SAVED
$4,104,039 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 321,120 MILES NOT DRIVEN
64,437,246 YTD

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8/18/2015

Back to School and Staying Green

POSTED UNDER Recycling & Waste Reduction

From elementary school and beyond, there are plenty of easy and effective ways to stay green while entering the new school year. In fact, while these tips ease our environmental footprint, they can also benefit your student’s health, social life and studies – making the dreaded transition back to school a little more bearable.

Education is Power
First things first, sustainability is ingrained into our children at a very young age. Much like good manners, going green is a learned skill handed down from parents. We all know education is power, so we must instill sustainability into our children at a young age. Your child’s school should also be on board. Check with the school and teachers about recycling programs and awareness.

Power of the Purchase
Back-to-school shopping is in full swing, and with new purchases comes the waste of old purchases. Before shopping for school supplies, check last year’s for what can be reused. For new purchases, look for recycled products. Since paper products are a big purchase, look for FSC-certified paper products.

If you’re buying a new computer or technology for the new school year, look into e-recycling to save your old equipment from the landfill. Speaking of technology, check out digital textbooks if they’re an option. Used books are also a viable option. Not only are these sustainable alternatives, they’ll also save you a lot of money.

Getting Creative, Getting Social, Getting Healthy
Your creativity is crucial for our final tips. In a literal sense, crafting is still a major project for elementary students, so use whatever you have around the house before going out for supplies. Reuse what you have from past projects in a creative way.

In terms of getting to school, every student and parent has a unique situation. Depending on the distance from school and the parents’ work schedules, taking your student to school might be the only option. If it’s not, try to make the daily trek to school a bit greener.

Consider carpooling, the bus system, walking or public transportation. Safety is first, so buddy up with other parents and students so there’s a support system. This also helps with time management, benefits the student from a social perspective and is better for the environment.

Finally, make packed lunches a priority. Use healthy food options with reusable containers and lunch bags to avoid the waste, cost and unhealthy food options that school lunches typically provide.

These tips are simple and straightforward, but can make a world of difference for your student – as well as yourself. Here’s to a happy and healthy school year for your sustainable student!