Zero Waste Schools (Books for a Better Earth) (Hardcover)

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There’s zero time to waste! Bestselling author Sarah Albee teams up with GrowNYC to share strategies to produce zero waste in this resource-packed activist handbook.

New York City has the largest school system in the United States, with over one million enrolled in its public schools. That’s a lot of students—and a lot of trash.

Bestselling nonfiction author Sarah Albee teams up with GrowNYC, the largest environmental organization in NYC, with the actionable goal of helping city schools achieve zero waste by 2030 through initiatives like Plastic Free Lunch Day—and more! This comprehensive sustainability handbook is both a crash-course in how recycling works and a step-by-step activist’s guide to creating a greener future on an individual and community level.

  • Uncover the messy history of trash and recycling in NYC and see, step-by-step, where trash goes when we throw it “away” today.
  • Discover practical, kid-friendly solutions to reduce classroom waste, from swap events, to recycling inspections, to food sharing tables, and more!
  • Team up with educators and administrators with “Teacher Tips,” including hands-on environmental experiments that require few supplies for cost-effectiveness and eco-friendliness.
  • Learn about the types of composting and which might be most effective for your community.
  • Get hands-on with practical instructions on how to start a Green Team—a school-wide organization dedicated to reducing waste—and ways to monitor your school’s progress in getting to Zero Waste.
  • Access ready-made reproduceables such as recycling inspection rating cards, Green Team applications. . . everything you need!

Sarah Albee’s nonfiction middle grade educates, engages, and empowers activists to show that no matter who we are—a student, a teacher; an individual, a community—we’re all on the same team: the Green Team!
A Books for a Better Earth™ Title

The Books for a Better Earth™ collection is designed to inspire young people to become active, knowledgeable participants in caring for the planet they live on. Focusing on solutions to climate change challenges, the collection looks at how scientists, activists, and young leaders are working to safeguard Earth’s future.

About the Author

Sarah Albee is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 150 books for kids, ranging from preschool through middle grade. Recent nonfiction titles have been Junior Library Guild, Bank Street College of Education Best Books, and Notable Social Studies Trade Books selections, as well as winners of Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards. She especially loves writing about topics where history and science connect. 

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Sarah worked at Children’s Television Workshop (producers of Sesame Street) for nine years. She played basketball in college, and then a year of semi-professional women’s basketball in Cairo, Egypt.

She lives in Connecticut with her husband, who is a high school history teacher and administrator. They have three grown kids.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780823450190
ISBN-10: 0823450198
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Date: May 6th, 2025
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Books for a Better Earth