Earth Week 2019

We can change the world with our own tow little hands

Earth Week 2019 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.

Earth Week Morning Announcements

Check out these daily morning announcements with fun facts and actions that each person can take to celebrate Earth Week! Read one each day during your school’s morning announcements.

Contests

Contest 1 – Zero Waste Student Video Contest

Calling all students! Create “why and how-to” video for sorting compost, landfill, and recycling and win a visit to a #zerowaste recycling, compost and landfill center for you and your teacher.

Judging Criteria

Judging criteria: effective in creating awareness and inspiring change, less than 3 minutes long, factual accuracy, language accessibility (use of subtitles, images, and/or multilingual narration), inclusive representation, audio/visual quality, potential for district-wide use.

Submit

To submit: email the video link, name(s) and grade(s) of students, teacher, and school to sustainability@austinisd.org on or before Friday, April 26th.

Prizes

Prize: The winning students and their teacher will get to tour the Texas Disposal Systems zero waste facility in May. Teacher substitutes will be paid for by the AISD Science Department.

Odom Elementary Students standing by recycling truck outside of school

Odom Elementary Students learn about zero waste with Texas Disposal Systems (TDS). Win a visit to the TDS recycling and composting facility!

 

 

Contest 2 – ReThink Your Habits

AISD and the City of Austin sustainability offices are teaming up to bring you the AISD Earth Week ReThink Contest, April 22-29! Buzz your eco-action and win!

Download ReThink App!  

Mobile phone with rethink app
 

Use the ReThink mobile app to buzz your eco actions all week for a chance to win.

Step 1.
Elementary and Middle School teachers: you will compete for your class. Email mary.priddy@austintexas.gov with your AISD email address, school, and the team names for your classes that will compete. You will buzz on behalf of the students in your class. High School students: you will each compete as individuals. Follow the next steps.
Step 2.
Download the ReThink App. In the upper left menu, select “Challenge,” then “AISD School Challenge.“
Step 3.
Buzz each time your class (ES and MS teachers) or you (HS students) perform an eco-action April 22-29. Pssst - You get more points if you buzz with a photo!
Step 4.

Win Prizes!

Elementary and Middle Schools: The elementary and middle school class with the most points each win a water bottle filling station or bike racks for your school - your choice!

High School: The three top-scoring students each win a phone charging station. The High School with the most participants wins a composter or rain barrel – your choice!

Need help?
Call/text 512-921-6843

Featured Activities

How are you celebrating? Share your activities via social media @AustinISDGreen

garden to cafe school grown foods

All week!

Farm Fresh Cafes

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 fennel. The fennel will be seasoned, topped with parmesan cheese and roasted prior to sampling. In addition, Johnson's Backyard Garden carrots are also featured each week in all cafes this spring celebrating Farm Fresh Fridays.

Davis Elementary Dolphin mascot

All week!

Davis Elementary Anti-idling campaign

Davis Elementary is implementing an anti-idling campaign to demonstrate the importance of turning off their cars in school zones. Check out these resources to host an anti-idle campaign at your school.

Eastside ECHS jaguar mascot

All week!

Eastside & International High School celebrations

Eastside and International High Schools are celebrating Earth Day for two weeks! New campus-wide activities each day include calculating carbon footprints, biodiversity audits, a biodiversity photo contest and a culminating field day. Learn about their eco-efforts as the first National Wildlife Federation Green Flag school in Texas

 
Brooke Elementary Lion Mascot

Monday, April 22 

Brooke Elementary National Wildlife Federation Eco School Green Flag Award Ceremony

Join Brooke Elementary as they are awarded the fourth AISD school recognition by the National Wildlife Federation for their commitment to school-wide sustainability. Festivities start at 9am, and learn more on the Brooke Elementary School page.

T.A. Brown Paw Print Mascot

Friday, April 26 

TA Brown Elementary All STEAM Ahead

Students will choose from a variety of new lessons developed by TA Brown teachers with a STEAM/Outdoor Learning focus. Learn about the TA Brown modernization project to create a green school rooted in STEAM and outdoor learning!

Boone Elementary Bear Mascot

Saturday, April 27 

Boone Elementary Campus Campout

Boone is hosting their first annual campus campout in partnership with Families in Nature! You can host your own campus campout with support from this online campus campout guide.

 
New AISD Headquarters Building Exterior

New AISD Headquarters Building

Wednesday, April 24

AISD Carruth Administration Center: AISD CAC staff

Stop by the new HQ Fair to prepare for this Summer’s move to AISD’s new headquarter office. Learn about new commuting options for employees, how to use the Austin Materials Marketplace to distribute your surplus office supplies to schools, and much more. 8-10 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

 

 

Activity Ideas

Check out the ideas below for inspiration of how you can take action. Show off your green skills on Twitter @AustinISDGreen #AISDGreen.

  • Get a tree map of your school to help with tree identification and lessons. Email kelly.sloan@austinisd.org
  • Adopt-a-Tree: Choose a tree on your campus that your class will “adopt” for the rest of the year. Students can identify and learn about the type of tree. Create a sign for your tree with facts displayed about it.
    • Use iTree to learn the environmental benefits of your tree and be sure to use proper mulching techniques. Please don’t prune your trees. This shall be coordinated by the AISD arborist.
  • Create a healthy plate with ½ fruits and vegetables, ¼ protein and ¼ whole grain and then share photos of your plate @AustinISDGreen #AISDGreen
  • Share photos of nature from your schoolyard on Twitter @AustinISDGreen #AISDoutside #AISDGreen or on your school bulletin board.
  • Elementary: The Good Food Game. Students examine how what they eat impacts the health of the planet
  • Middle School: Personal Food Eco-Audit. Students identify what they eat and determine the footprint of their eating habits
  • High School: What Am I Eating? Students evaluate food labels and determine if the impact to the environment on a label would change what
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife activity plans for all grade levels
high school students standing by compost bins in hallway

Reminding Others

Student leaders, reinforce good sorting! Stand by the bins during a busy time and remind students zero waste sorting rules.

custodial compost badges

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.

high school student carrying a compost bin to class

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.

 
zero waste

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.

Use the resources in AISD’s Zero Waste Toolkit to reduce landfill waste on your campus.

  • 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.
  • Take public transit! All AISD Students ride free on Capital Metro busses.
  • Download the AIRE Activity packet (ZIP) lesson plans, containing questionnaire, and coloring book!