Grant Opportunities

Build with Bags™ is a program by Iowa grocers to encourage the recycling of plastic bags. It is a cooperative effort of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association, Keep Iowa Beautiful, the Des Moines Area Metro Waste Authority, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and The Des Moines Register aimed at:

  • Doubling the amount of plastic bags recycled over the next 24 months;
  • Reducing consumption of plastic bags;
  • Increasing use of reusable bags; and 4) Encouraging purchases of furniture and equipment made from recycled plastic through a grant program for parks and schools.

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Conservation Tips

Metro High School conservation tips.

The U.S. Green Building Council presents 92 ways to “green” your school.

This page comes from a Wisconsin based utilities company. It has tons of great ideas on recycling and saving money on utilities.

“Green” Reading Lists

The Cedar Rapids Community School District has compiled some reading lists for all age levels. The books are both fiction and non-fiction and focus on “green” behaviors, the earth, nature or the environment.

Please click here for a list.

Other City / School Recycling Programs

The Iowa Recycling Association—Iowa Recycling Association is a membership-based organization dedicated to advancing effective recycling by sharing resources, education and advocacy opportunities.

Boulder, Colorado local schools focus on waste reduction projects and composting in addition to traditional recycling, putting the students, teachers and staff at these schools at the cutting edge of resource conservation as they work toward Zero Waste.

Cartons are recyclable and the Carton Council is committed to increasing carton recycling in the U.S. By promoting both recycling technology and local collection programs, they work to limit the number of cartons that become waste. They can’t do it alone. You can help keep cartons out of landfills. Find out if your community can recycle cartons by using our searchable database.


Earth911 is a website full of creative ways to recycle. It also provides information on a variety of topics such as Conservation and Alternative Energy Information.

The EPA puts out a monthly newsletter with great recycling ideas and updates about what’s happening with the Environment.

To get to the EPA’s main website go to

Kid Friendly Sites


Water Rocks is an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach campaign delivering entertaining and engaging activities Description: Water Rocks!to inspire kids of all ages to appreciate water resources. Through classroom visits, an interactive website, an award-winning computer game, songs, music videos, dogs, enhanced learning activities, public service ads, teacher/peer mentor workshops and geocaching, Water Rocks offers an original, light-hearted approach to this vast topic.

The Washington State Department of Ecology has put together a collection of recycling facts and trivia. They have also created a “Kids Page” that has games and information about recycling.

Kids at Art is a website dedicated to making art from recycled materials.

TVAKIDS.COM is part of a site created by the Tennessee Valley Authority—which is the largest public power company in the US. The site is full of games and information that make it fun to conserve and “Stay Green”