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Earth Day April 22, 2019

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Zero Waste Lunch Resources

Zero Waste Lunch Resources

A Waste-free Lunch:

In this scenario very little trash is generated because foods are bought in bulk or in larger packages. The packaging is left at home for reuse or recycling. Food waste also decreases because with a reusable lunch container, children can re-pack uneaten food instead of dumping it, packaging and all, into the school trash can.

  • sandwiches and other main dishes, fresh fruits and, fresh vegetables, and treats in a reusable lunch container or containers
  • cloth napkins
  • stainless-steel forks and spoons
  • reusable drink containers
  • reusable lunchboxes

Quick-reference Lunch Foods

Read this list with your children. Ask them to circle the foods they'd like to see in their lunchboxes. 

Breads Spreads & Condiments Fillings Fruits
(Dried and Fresh)

bagel
baguette
bread sticks
crackers
English muffin
focaccia
lavash bread
pita bread
pizza bread
rice cakes
rolls
sandwich bread
tortillas

almond butter
apple butter
avocado (mashed)
banana (mashed)
brie cheese
cashew butter
cream cheese (lowfat)
goat cheese
honey
hummus
jam (spreadable fruit)
ketchup
mayonnaise/mustard
peanut butter
pesto
pizza or tomato sauce
pumpkin butter

carrots (shredded)
cheese (lite/low-fat)
chicken
chicken salad
egg salad
hard boiled egg
nitrite-free hot dogs
lettuce
shrimp salad
sliced avocado
sliced cucumber
smoked salmon
sprouts
tofu
tuna salad

apples
apricots
Asian pears
avocado
bananas
blueberries
cherries
cranberries (dried)
dates
figs
mango
papaya
pears
prunes
raisins 

grapefruit
grapes
kiwi
melon
nectarines
orange sections
peaches
pineapple
plums
raspberries
strawberries
tomatoes 

 

  

Vegetables Treats Other Other Grains

asparagus
beets
bell peppers
bok choy
broccoli
Brussels sprouts
cabbage
carrots
cauliflower
celery
cucumbers
eggplant
green beans
green salad

lettuce
mushrooms
seaweed (nori, wakame, hijiki)
shelling peas
snap peas
soy beans (edamame)
spinach
squash
sweet potatoes
yams
zucchini

apple crisp
applesauce
baked chips with salsa
dried fruit
fruit bar
fruit leather
granola
homemade cookies
notes from home
popcorn
pretzels
stickers
trail mix
vanilla yogurt with fruit

baked tofu
bean burrito
cottage cheese with fruit
garlic toast
polenta with pizza sauce and cheese 

pasta
rice
couscous
oatmeal
bulghar 

 


posted at http://www.wastefreelunches.org/parents.html

 

Be Straw Free
Be Straw Free

Be Straw Free  Find out more here http://ecocycle.org/bestrawfree#action

Take Action

Join Milo in reducing waste by taking the pledge to go strawless or adopting an "Offer First" policy at your restaurant or business. Get the whole community involved and follow Milo's lead: one person can make a difference for our environment!

As a consumer

Take the pledge to go strawless

Commit to ask for your drinks "strawless" when eating out or on the go. 

Keep reusable straws at home to offer house guests who prefer or need to use a straw. 

Reach out to at least one restaurant or business in your community about the Be Straw Free campaign. Together we all make a difference.

Ohmconnect

Check out OhmConnect- lower your energy use at home and make $ contributions to L.E.S.!

 

Sign up here   ohm.co/lafayett

 

1.     Can you give me more specific information about how this program works?

 

Families sign up with OhmConnect and get notified via text or email to reduce their energy use ~1x week. OhmConnect sells your electricity reductions back to the grid, as if your home were a virtual power plant. We take a cut and send 80% back to you (rather, your school). We track this all through our software and "points" are stored for your school team there.  

 

2.     What specific information do you require?

We require your utility username and password.  

 

3.     How are you determining how much money individuals earn for the school?

We don't know for sure in advance, but most families earn $~150 per year. This is annually recurring. Some big homes, or people that do a lot of referring we've seen upwards of $300 too. We track the actual amount of energy families reduce (via your utility smart meter data) and award points based on that and the spot price of electricity on the wholesale markets. In addition, we have referral ($20) and activity bonuses throughout the year.

 

4.     What schools are you currently working with and can we contact them to inquire on their experience?

Absolutely! We have some stellar reference schools. Mt Diablo Elementary School in Clayton and Springer Elementary in Mountain View are two good references--we can put you in touch if you’re interested.  

 

5.     How long has this program been around?

OhmConnect has been around a few years, but we've just launched our Schools program this past month. We found out that PTA organizations were signing up and using our platform informally as "Teams" so we thought we'd create a special product for Schools.

 

6.     What happens to accounts when kids move to another school?

The money they'd earned to date would stay with the school. All money they earn from hereon out would go to the new school. They simply need to 'Leave' your School team (and hopefully 'Join' their new school's team).

 

7.     Is this done annually so families need to sign up again each school year?

No, you only have to sign-up once.

 

8.     What information do you store for each participating household?

You can see the details in our privacy policy: www.ohmconnect.com/privacy-policy but the bottom line is that we collect only the minimum amount to calculate your performance/participation. There is no financial information or other personal information collected beyond what you provide.

 

9.  Is there a different way to access our data than other than giving you my username and password?

The data we collect is through Green Button Connect, the data initiative spearheaded by the White House to allow secured sharing of energy data. In addition to this data conduit, however, our program relies on data that the current structure of utilities is unable to accommodate (e.g. we require further details regarding your Sub-LAP, or Sub-Load Aggregation Point). The reason is that we're not just reporting on you, or our user's collective energy use (for say, energy efficiency savings) like many 3rd party vendors. We're actually developing a brand new market by which we are participating directly in the wholesale energy markets. For that we need more granular location data. Simply put, we're moving faster than the utilities, and we’re dragging them along.

 

10.   It sounds like we are getting paid for reducing use but what if homes are already using less at peak hours?  What about homes with solar panels?  Can they participate?

 

If you're already using less during peak hours your reductions are measured against what you typically use--that is, your own personal baseline. If you typically use less at peak hours, and then reduce even further during #OhmHours, you will be rewarded accordingly.

 

For homes with solar panels, the same holds true--they can absolutely participate. If you are typically -2kWh, for example, because you produce 5 and you use 3, if you use just 1 during an OhmHour, you'd be -4kWh and you would be credited for the difference of -2.

Recycling
Recycling
Sorting your food waste
Sorting your food waste
Food Waste
Food Waste
Landfill
Landfill