Public schools going net zero, breaking the cycle between jail and homelessness, cafeterias without trays
Photo: Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we take a look at public schools in the US adapting a net zero approach, two US regions preventing homelessness; and the reduction of food waste in tray-free canteens.
New public schools In the US will be net zero
Two new schools in Washington, D.C., reduce fuel consumption to become more energy-efficient. The main goal is to only consume as much resources as they generate on-site annually.
Two regions in the US are fighting the cycle between jail and homelessness
Four authorities in the US are working on a new approach to prevent people with criminal records from being put on the street. The new programme targets to minimise homelessness around the country.
Tray ban in cafeteria helps reduce food waste
By removing trays from canteens, the Cornell University remarked a highly successful ecological reform. People now take much less food and it doesn’t go to waste.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
Refill shops trend gives hope for a zero-waste future
Over the last few years refill shops have become a new green mainstream in the UK and spread around the country. Today the concept is so popular that even supermarkets suggest waste-free options.
Source: Positive News
A new tech invention to keep healthcare workers safe
Yasmine Mustafa created a wearable safe button for hospital workers. The device can stop attacks before they happen and massively reduce violence towards medical staff.
Source: Philadelphia Citizen
Endangered Tasmanian continue to breed in mainland Australia
The mammals became extinct in mainland Australia around 3000 years ago and were threatened to die out completely. An animal welfare organisation reintroduced the devils and helps them breed.
Love Island no longer replaces fast fashion with second hand partnership
In season eight of the famous reality show, the participants will only wear second-hand items. This will significantly reduce clothing waste and inspire millions of viewers to shop responsibly.
Source: Thomason Reuters Foundation
Five promising ways to stop deforestation
Planting more trees can help to solve environmental crises, but it’s not all. Reducing meat consumption, introducing discipline into supply chains and more.
Source: Positive News
Paternity leave is highly beneficial for dads and babies in China, new study shows
Paid paternity leave policies encourage fathers to take more care of their children. In urban China, where dads are more involved in their kids’ lives than in rural areas, babies display better educational performance.
Source: Greater Good Magazine
A race that encourages children to read
Reading races and word counting gadgets help kids to develop literacy and overall educational skills. Such unusual approaches to teaching motivate kids to learn quicker.