U.S. EPA Activities

As of December 2011, IDEAS and the EPA On-campus Ambassadors Program will be teaming up to share resources and activities for IDEAS Leaders across different universities. On Campus ecoAmbassador activities are environmental themed events or eco-implementation projects. Students are encouraged to select and complete one activity at a time. Make sure to download the activity PDF by following the “learn more” link for the activity you choose. The PDF includes all of the important information you will need, including a project completion checklist and important tips.

Some activities require a larger time commitment and are represented by the number of leaves attached to a project. Teams working on larger projects will receive leaves upon the completion of milestones outlined in the instructional two page activity document.

One one leaf represents a time commitment of approximately 20 hours.

Air/Water | Energy | Health/Advocacy | Land | Waste


Air/Water

Radon Awareness Event one leaf
Radon consistently ranks among the top four environmental health risks. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon-induced lung cancer is the seventh cause of all cancer deaths. Help save lives with radon outreach to encourage radon testing in homes, schools and other buildings. Learn more
Fuel Economy Fair one leaf
Educate your classmates on efficient driving techniques, as well as tips to keep cars in shape to obtain the best fuel economy possible. Learn more
Fix a Leak Week Event one leaf
Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year. That’s why WaterSense reminds Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems each year during Fix a Leak Week. Learn more
Idle-Free Zone Project three leaves
idling not only generates unnecessary emissions, it can increase engine maintenance costs, adversely affect health, and create elevated noise levels. An on campus idle reduction can help address these problems while making your campus experience more pleasant. Learn more
Pick 5 Event three leaves
Environmental action can mean doing different things in different places, but it begins by taking the simple steps where you live. Doing your part means doing what you can do. By choosing five or more of these ideas and sharing your own, you are joining thousands of others who are doing the same. Together we can make the biggest difference, so make your actions count today! Learn more

Energy

Green Power Partnership Project four leaves
Finding green power alternatives for your school’s energy needs and help avoid emissions. Learn more
Energy STAR Light Bulb Changeout three leaves
Change out old incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient CFLs to save energy and money on your electricity bill! Learn more
Energy STAR Energy Vampire Event one leaf
There are many “hidden” electrical devices in our lives that use energy even when they’re not in use. Learn about what energy is, how to diminish vampire energy, and how using less energy helps to protect the environment. Learn more
Energy STAR College Course four leaves
Want to learn more about energy efficiency and get college credit for it? The Energy STAR Course can be instituted on any campus and teaches students about the impact of energy on the environment. Learn more
Pick 5 Event three leaves
Environmental action can mean doing different things in different places, but it begins by taking the simple steps where you live. Doing your part means doing what you can do. By choosing five or more of these ideas and sharing your own, you are joining thousands of others who are doing the same. Together we can make the biggest difference, so make your actions count today! Learn more

Health/Advocacy

SunWise Sun Safety Project one leaf
Keep your friends and classmates safe by educating them on the dangers and the long term risks of unprotected sun exposure. Learn more
Asthma Awareness Day one leaf
Asthma affects nearly 25 million Americans. Educate others with tips on how to improve the lives of people with asthma. Learn more
Design for the Environment Event one leaf
What type of chemicals are used to clean your dorm, house or apartment? Educate your classmates about the chemicals and toxins in household cleaners and alternative ways to clean. Learn more
Environmental Education Outreach Projectthree leaves
Collaborate with K-12 school administrators and teachers to develop fun lesson plans that educate students about environmental topics and promote healthy, sustainable lifestyles. Learn more
Pick 5 Event three leaves
Environmental action can mean doing different things in different places, but it begins by taking the simple steps where you live. Doing your part means doing what you can do. By choosing five or more of these ideas and sharing your own, you are joining thousands of others who are doing the same. Together we can make the biggest difference, so make your actions count today! Learn more

Land

National Public Lands Day Event one leaf
Help to clean and protect our public lands by participating in a National Public Lands Day event. Learn more
Earth Day Event one leaf
Create an exciting event or activity to celebrate Earth Day on April 22! Learn more
Environmental Pest Management Project five leaves
Work with your school to reduce pesticide risk and adopt innovative and alternative pest control practices. Learn more
State of the Environment Photo Activity one leaf
From 1972 to 1978, professional photographers captured images of environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in America for the Documerica Project. Now, 40 years later, State of the Environment is your chance to be a part of the same effort that’s gone global. Learn more
Pick 5 Event three leaves
Environmental action can mean doing different things in different places, but it begins by taking the simple steps where you live. Doing your part means doing what you can do. By choosing five or more of these ideas and sharing your own, you are joining thousands of others who are doing the same. Together we can make the biggest difference, so make your actions count today! Learn more

Waste

America Recycles Day four leaves
American Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. Students are encouraged to host events on their campuses on November 15th that educate fellow students about what and where they can recycle their waste. Learn more
RAD: Appliance Collection Event one leaf
Don’t toss that fridge! Older refrigerators and freezers have harmful PCB’s and refrigerants as well as extensive amounts of recyclable materials including metals and plastics. Set up an event to collect units before they end up in landfills! Learn more
Electronics Recycling (E-cycling) three leaves
Electronics, such as cell phones, laptops, televisions, and gaming systems, are made from valuable resources and highly engineered materials, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. By recycling electronics, you are helping avoid pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing of products from virgin materials. If you’re planning to buy new electronics, check out EPEAT  Exit EPA Disclaimer  for a registry of greener products. EPEAT-registered electronics are designed to have less toxic chemicals and to be easier to reuse or recycle. Don’t forget to responsibly recycle or donate your unwanted electronics by using certified electronics recyclers; check out R2 Solutions  Exit EPA Disclaimer  and eStewards  Exit EPA Disclaimer  for a certified recycler near you. <!– Learn more–>Activity details coming soon.
Food Recovery Challenge: No Tray Day two leaves
Cafeteria trays, although convenient, encourage students to take as much food as they can carry leading to excess food that usually gets thrown out when students can’t finish their meals. Colleges across the country are adopting the tray-less culture in their dining halls in an effort to reduce food waste. Participants in this challenge will host a No Tray Day event at their campus dining commons to promote a tray-less culture in an effort to reduce food waste. Learn more
Food Recovery Challenge: Food Donation four leaves
Most food “waste” is not waste at all, but actually safe, wholesome food that could potentially feed millions of Americans. The donation of surplus, wholesome food is a great way to reduce food waste while helping those in need. Participants in the Food Recovery Donation Project will organize a food donation project in their community. Potential projects include starting a food drive to donate unused food to a food bank or initiating a partnership with a local farm to donate leftovers. Learn more
Food Recovery Challenge: Composting four leaves
How much food and money is your campus literally throwing away? The Food Recovery Composting Project encourages participants to 1) reduce as much of their food waste as possible and 2) compost food scraps to create a nutrient rich soil amendment. Participants in this challenge will create their own composting program to recycle the waste generated on their campus. Learn more
Move In/Move Out Day three leaves
Moving can be a hectic experience – whether you’re moving into your first dorm or moving out of an apartment, it’s easy to overlook how much waste is produced. The good news is that most of this waste can be re-used or recycled. Initiate a program on your campus to reduce waste during move-in or move-out! Learn more
Recycling Baseline Audit three leaves
Ever wonder what is recycled on your campus? Or how effective your campus’ recycling program actually is? Make a waste assessment to better understand the types and amounts of waste your college generates. Learn more
Sports Game Day Recycling Event three leaves
The Game Day Challenge is a friendly competition that promotes waste reduction at collegiate football games. Participating schools track and report recycling and waste data that is then used to rank the schools in the following 5 categories: waste generation, diversion rate, greenhouse gas reduction, recycling, and organics reduction. Learn more

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