Earth Week 2018

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Earth Week 2018 Goal

Every AISD student will take a moment to think about how they can make the earth a better place and perform an action to do so.  

Green Meme Student Contest! Download English/Spanish FlierAustin ISD Nacho Average Food Truck


Calling all student members! Create a meme that sparks a sustainability-related behavior and win a visit from the Nacho Average Food Truck for your entire grade! Meme themes:

  • energy conservation
  • water conservation
  • alternative transportation
  • air quality
  • eco-purchasing
  • waste reduction
  • sustainable food
  • nature
  • energy conservation
  • water conservation
  • alternative transportation
  • air quality

Two awards:

  1. Best individual submission
  2. School grade level with the most quality submissions

View Contest Instructions

Instructions: Your meme must contain original content (no web images) and the photo should be taken at your AISD school. Post your meme on Twitter or Instagram and tag @AustinISDGreen. Include your school and your first and last name in the post. Limit one entry per student. Entries can also be emailed to sustainability@austinisd.org.

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, April 20th. Winners will be announced April 27th, 2018. Update: We are thrilled to have received so many submissions! Due to the large volume, we will be announcing the winnner on Friday, March 4th. 

Featured Activities!

  • Farm Fresh Cafes! – All week

  • To provide education about local, sustainably-grown foods, all Austin ISD cafes will be celebrating Earth Week with a local vegetable sampling. Cafes will select a minimum of one day during the week to provide samples of Johnson's Backyard Garden organic radishes. The variety of root vegetables will be sliced and marinated in a scratch-prepared cilantro lime vinaigrette.  Johnson's Backyard Garden carrots are also featured each week in all cafes this spring celebrating Farm Fresh Fridays.

  • Lanier High School Tree Mapping – April 16

  • Tree Folks is teaming up with the Lanier High School Eco Team to identify and map the school's urban trees using Open Tree Map. Contact Sarah Dooling (sarah@treefolks.org) to get your school involved with the Austin tree map!   

  • Austin High School Earth Week Fair– April 22, 1-3pm @ Austin High School Football Field

    Join fellow earth lovers for a free, fun-packed and family-friendly Earth Day celebration sponsored by Austin High's Student Council. The event will feature eco-friendly games, music, prizes, silent auction, tie-dye station, face-painting, seed planting, and a clothing swap. Food vendors will be on site, and snacks will be provided free of charge, thanks to Kind Bars, Primizie Chips and the AISD Food and Nutrition Service. 
     

    Earth Day ATX – April 21, 12-7pm @ Huston Tillotson University

    Earth Day Austin is the largest sustainability event in Central Texas. Learn about conservation and sustainable solutions, celebrate our love for the environment, and get connected to innovative green businesses. This family-friendly event features an eco-discovery zone, mobile river bus, outdoor kid zone, sustainable living showcase, and much more. 

  • How are you celebrating? – Share your activities via social media @AustinISDGreen #AISDGreen

Earth Week Morning Announcements

Check out these daily morning announcements with fun facts and actions that each person can take to celebrate Earth Week!


Earth Week Activity Ideas

Energy & Water

An example of activies include creating signage to turn off the lights, look for leaking faucets and notify office to put in work order. More example activites based on grade levels are below:

Food & Nature

Share photos of nature from your schoolyard @AustinISDGreen #AISDoutside #AISDGreen or on a bulletin board on campus. More example activites based on grade levels are below:

Waste & Eco-purchasing

Activities:

  • Elementary:Bin, Bin, Drop the Trash In. Students identify the trash dropped by the trash villain and learn to sort it correctly.
  • Middle School:Personal Waste Eco-Audit. Students evaluate how much personal trash they produce and how their habits impact the planet.
  • High School:Upcycling Competition. Students investigate biomimicry and use those concepts to design solutions to pollution problems.
  • Creating connections: Introduce yourself to the custodial crew at school, and ask how your students can support their zero waste work. Many AISD student groups choose a route, and pick up recyclables or organic waste every other day to help get the job done. 
  • Trash on Your Back Challenge: Challenge students and staff to carry any landfill trash with them for a whole day (or week!); discuss how trash can be avoided through decisions about what and how we consume; Clear, ideally sealable, bag or container for carrying trash; transparency provides awareness about what creates trash and ability to be sealed helps reduce odor if applicable.
  • Litter clean-up: Ask your campus custodians for a few extra black (landfill) or clear (recycle) bags so that you can pick-up litter on the campus grounds.

Trash Videos/Movies:

Transportation & Air Quality

Plan a bike school bus, classroom walking competition, or bike rodeo. City of Austin Safe Routes to School  staff can also help! Pssst- Bike to School day is May 9th! 

Rethink your commute! myCommuteSolutions can help you find a carpool buddy, plan a transit trip, map out a bike route, and more! By logging your commute you can win prizes and see fuel saved, calories burned, and pollution reduced. 

2017 Earth Week Logo Winner Najai Mckenzie Robinson

2017 Logo Design Winner
Najai Mckenzie-Robinson Crockett Student