Green Schools Project
Cloquet High School Environemental Club leads efforts for environmental sustainability.
Esko High School Bio Club assesses their school's recycling program (2019).
Organics collection was implemented in the cafeteria at Washington Elementary School.
More than 500 students took a pledge to recycle well and recycle often at Washington Elementary.
Student recyclers at Barnum High School pose with equipment to aid in recycling, purchased using Green Schools Project funds.
Barnum High School teachers met with the Fond du Lac Environmental Outreach Coordinator to learn more about the vermicomposting process.
The seventh grade Team Green created a video about how to recycle at Cloquet Middle School during their Power-Up time.
Green Schools Project is Carlton County’s School Recycling and Waste Reduction Grant Program, funded through the SCORE program.
Available Funds & Application
Each school facility may apply for a maximum of $2,000 per school per year. Applications are accepted and reviewed each year in October. Applications will be competitively ranked. Schools can apply and be awarded this grant more than once.
All educational institutions in Carlton County are eligible.
- Fill out the application and requirements document.
- Start a Green Team.
- Complete a grant agreement with Carlton County to release funds.
- Develop and implement a Recycling and Waste Reduction Guide for the school.
- Submit a final report detailing purchases.
According to an 2010 MPCA study titled "Digging Deep Through School Trash" public schools in Minnesota produce 483,520 pounds of waste per day! Many of the materials being thrown away by schools can be reduced, reused, and recycled. In fact, 78% of school waste materials could be diverted from the landfill through organics collection, paper collection, and recycling plastic and metal containers.
The Green Schools Project aims to ensure the quantity of waste in local schools is reduced and that recyclable materials are diverted from the solid waste stream. Upon successful completion of these goals, students and staff will gain valuable knowledge on the importance of waste reduction and recycling. This knowledge can then be brought outside of the school and implemented at home. Working with institutions, such as schools, will aid in the effort to increase the County’s overall recycling rate and reduce waste to landfills.