Go Green Initiative Wins the “Next Generation” Recycler Award from the California Resource Recovery Association

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Go Green Initiative recognized for achievements in training the next generation of recyclers in California

left to right: Bill Radulovich, 1st GGI school principal; Jill Buck, founder & CEO, GGI; Tracie Onstad Bills, President, CRRA

[When] schools pay less for their waste hauling bill...that money can be spent directly in the classroom.

Jill Buck, founder & CEO, Go Green Initiative

At the 36th Annual California Resource and Recovery Association (CRRA) Conference in Oakland, CA, the Go Green Initiative (GGI) was presented with the CRRA “Next Generation” Recycler Award for outstanding achievements in the training of young Californians in recycling, composting, and waste prevention. There are one hundred forty-eight (148) cities across California with schools that have self-registered to participate in the GGI, and have collectively diverted 5.1 million pounds of paper, cardboard, aluminum, plastic and food waste from the state’s landfills.

“In addition to the obvious environmental and educational value of teaching kids good stewardship, there is a dual economic benefit for communities with GGI schools diverting waste at this level,” says GGI founder and CEO, Jill Buck. “First, schools pay less for their waste hauling bill and that money can be spent directly in the classroom, and second, local landfill space is conserved, which relieves taxpayers from the burden of building costly new landfills.”

CRRA’s “Next Generation” Recycler award specifically recognizes individuals or organizations that serve as a model for others to follow with demonstrated leadership in the field. Since its inception in 2002, the GGI has spread from one elementary school in Pleasanton, CA to nearly 3,000 schools in all 50 U.S. states and 73 countries around the world. Since 2005, GGI schools have kept over 10 million lbs. of recyclables out of landfills, which conserved the following: 34,500 barrels of oil, 27 million gallons of water, 3,836 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, 67 billion BTU’s of energy, and 14,104 cubic yards of landfill space.

“CRRA is proud to bestow this honor on the hard-working students, educators, custodians and parents that make up the Go Green Initiative,” says Stephen Bantillo, Executive Director, CRRA. “Their collective effort to measurably reduce waste on school campuses is exactly the kind of cooperation and conservation we hope to see in every city in California.”

About the Go Green Initiative (GGI):
The Go Green Initiative is the global leader in fully comprehensive environmental action plans for schools, businesses, organizations and homes. By promoting environmental stewardship on campuses from preschools through universities, the GGI works to involve families, businesses and local governments in the common goal of protecting human health through environmental stewardship. Since its inception in July 2002, the Go Green Initiative has been endorsed by the National School Boards Association, National Recycling Coalition, adopted by nine State PTA Boards, implemented in all 50 U.S. states, 73 countries and on 5 continents. The Go Green Initiative has kept more than ten million pounds of recyclables out of the world’s landfills, conserved 25.7 million gallons of water; reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3,800 metric tons; conserved 34,500 barrels of oil; and saved over 67 billion BTUs of energy. These accomplishments were achieved voluntarily, with no mandates or legislation, showing that “going green” is practical and simply makes sense. There are currently over 2.5 million students and teachers in registered Go Green schools.

More information is available online at http://www.GoGreenInitiative.org.

About California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA):
The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA, founded 1974) is California’s statewide recycling association. It is the oldest and one of the largest non-profit recycling organizations in the United States. A 501(C)3 organization, CRRA is dedicated to achieving environmental sustainability in and beyond California through Zero Waste strategies including product stewardship, waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting. CRRA’s members represent all aspects of California’s reduce-reuse-recycle-compost economy. Our members work for cities, counties, municipal districts, and businesses as well as hauling companies, material processors, non-profit organizations, state agencies, and allied professionals.

More information is available online at http://www.crra.com.

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