California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

 

District Administration

Enlisting participation and support from various levels within a school district; the school board, district superintendent, individual departments, classrooms, faculty and staff, students, parents and community partners--is essential to recycling program success. Working as a school community facilitates the institutionalization of materials management and other resource conservation efforts into the school district’s business and education cultures. This toolkit is designed to provide related resources for these key participants, with this page focusing on school district administration.

Administrative leadership and support are key to successful school recycling programs. The most effective way to institutionalize resource conservation practices is for the school board to adopt clear statements of environmental policy and for the superintendent to adopt operating procedures to implement this policy. School board policies set a course of environmental action and help to guide/determine present and future decisions. Operating procedures provide a mechanism to integrate the school board's policy into the school organization by outlining a series of actions that reduce the environmental impacts of day-to-day activities. It is important that the procedures be clear on what is required. Equally essential is to provide appropriate training to each department on environmental practices.

If your school board does not yet have an environmental policy and administrative procedures, use the example below to draft your own. If your existing policy has been in place for years, then take this opportunity to reassess it.

Sample Policies and Procedures

When your environmental policy is adopted, publicize it widely throughout your school district. Communicate the policy to students and parents by sending home a notice that references related program information in student/parent handbooks. Additionally, since resource conservation efforts benefit the surrounding community (as well as the school district), consider writing an article for your local newspaper highlighting the shared benefits of your program! This is also an excellent opportunity to recognize successful, existing resource conservation efforts.

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Last updated: October 1, 2012
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