August & September 2019
School is back in session this August, and you might have some back-to-school shopping on your to do list. Before you rush to the store, the Green Schools Program would like to share a few tips to help you prepare for a more sustainable school year:

  1. Take an inventory: You might already have enough school supplies and clothes for the new school year. Reusing is the best option!
  2. Buy supplies made from recycled content: If needed, buy pens, pencils, notebooks, and other supplies that are made out of recycled content.
  3. Avoid packaging: Purchase items with no or minimal packaging, and recycle packaging if possible.
  4. Thrift it: Check out local thrift stores before buying new items.
  5. Plan your lunch: Pack a waste-free lunch including a reusable water bottle. Keep reusable utensils handy if you don't bring your own lunch.
  6. Rethink your commute: Organize a carpool, or scope out a safe route to walk or bike to school.

The Green Schools Program will also be back in action this fall supporting schools in their recycling and waste reduction efforts on campus.The Green Schools Program offers free educational presentations to all local K-12 schools, including hands-on activities and discussions, where students learn about waste, recycling, energy, and sustainability. Local schools are eligible to receive free recycle bins and signs to help promote recycling efforts on campus, as well as rain barrels and vermicompost bins upon request.

All elementary schools in the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) also participate in the Green School's Lunch Recycling Program, which educates students on what can be recycled and composted at lunch. Each year, this sorting program diverts over 150 tons of food waste from the landfill, which is used to become nutrient-rich compost material.

Read more about the Greens Schools Program and what one local school did to win the 2018-2019 Green Schools Award.
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Green Business
What is your favorite local business that should become City of Ventura Certified Green Business? With a $500 rebate and free promotional opportunities, there has never been a better time to go green! Have your favorite Ventura business sign up at , or contact program coordinator Lars Davenport (805) 652-4595; . The Green Business Program is free, open to virtually any business type, and offers one-on-one assistance throughout the certification process.

Looking for Green Businesses in Ventura? Visit our website , or download our Shop Green app for your mobile phone ( iOS or Android ) .
Green Schools
The Greens Schools Program teamed up with the UC Hansen Agricultural Center to deliver the 4-H Sustainable You! Summer Camp. Campers aged 8-12 took part in our week long farm camp and learned how to lessen their impact on the environment. Daily activities included harvesting food at the farm, building solar ovens out of pizza boxes, and making vermicompost bins.
Food Waste
Even inedible food scraps such as banana peels, coffee grounds, and egg shells, don't have to be wasted and sent to a landfill. You can compost them into nutrient-rich soil!

The City of Ventura sponsors a compost and vermicompost bin  discount program in partnership with Green Thumb, where you can purchase a worm bin or a compost bin at 50% the retail price. Just show proof of your City of Ventura residence and bring your coupon
Recycle Coach Tip
Did you know that recyclables should be tossed LOOSE into the recycling bin? When you toss a plastic bag of recyclables into the bin, the plastic bag can get stuck in the recycling facility's equipment and hold up the entire facility (read more) . Sometimes plastic bags of recyclables are even removed from the sorting lines at facilities and sent to the trash.

For more recycling information and tips, download the Recycle Coach App !
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