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  • Some back-to-school tips to save money and help the environment

    Jul 31, 2018 | Read More News
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    School days are back and this is a great time to plan ways to help the planet and save money throughout the school year. Below are a few suggestions from Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) for consideration to reduce waste, save resources, and improve air quality. walk to school

    Preparing for School

    • Purchase school supplies made from recycled content. 
    • Buy “new to you” vintage and retro clothes at thrift stores; take old sneakers to stores that recycle them. 
    • Use reusable containers, utensils, and cloth napkins decorated by the kids themselves.
    • Let your child help you put their lunch together the night before. Homemade lunches are more nutritious than their pre-package counterparts are and cost less.
    • Think water instead of soda and use a refillable container instead of plastic bottles. 

    Trips To and From School and After-School Activities

    • Explore walking or riding bikes with the kids as an option once or twice a week to combine some exercise with the school commute and save on gasoline and vehicle wear and tear. 
    • Form a walking school bus in your neighborhood and “pick up” kids along the way to school to encourage exercise, instill pedestrian safety skills and begin lifelong healthy habits. 
    • Check out carpools as a way to share driving to school and/or after-school activities.
    • Use the school bus, if available, to reduce traffic congestion and unhealthy air pollution caused by idling vehicles around school grounds.
    • If it is necessary to drop off and/or pick up your child, avoid engine idling which pollutes the air where children are gathering and can increase asthma episodes in susceptible children. Park your vehicle, turn off the engine and wait in the shade. 
    PDEQ also offers free resources to help teachers meet state standards including customized and interactive air quality and environmentally-related presentations for all ages. Let your child’s teacher know that we are here to assist them in reaching their teaching goals.  For additional information, visit PDEQ or call (520) 724-7446.