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Reuse in Schools: Tompkins County Schools Reduce CO2 Emissions By 17 Tons

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Reuse in Schools: Tompkins County Schools Reduce CO2 Emissions By 17 Tons

Friday, September 7, 2012
Schools in Tompkins County now have an even greater ability to reduce the waste they produce. The Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division completed a grant project, in partnership with Finger Lakes ReUse, to provide Tompkins County schools with support and assistance to reduce the trash sent to landfills.

Lansing, Dryden, and Trumansburg school districts all participated in the project, which initiated at the beginning of 2011. Through their combined efforts, the districts saved an estimated 17 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions. This was accomplished by reusing students' school supplies, facility supplies, and electronic equipment such as desktop computers.

Finger Lakes ReUse offered students the opportunity to be "trained to repair and refurbish donated computers, gain knowledge of the basics of Information Technology, and learn valuable social and leadership skills" through the Computer Technology Program. This program is still being offered to Tompkins County high school students.

Schools were also provided with assistance in engaging in green purchasing practices, or buying items that are less harmful to the environment.

Visit to learn how your school can reduce waste, and for information about Finger Lakes ReUse's Computer Technology Program for Tompkins County high school students.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.