Teams Care

Video from TeamsCare 2011 Earth Day Project - Marine Park, Brooklyn

In cooperation with

TEAMS CARE Project 2011

Earth Month, April 1st – May 1st

Overview/Purpose: To promote GREEN Community Service Projects and other volunteer opportunities amongst sports teams.

A team that gives back together…wins together (in life)!!!

Recommended Projects:

  • Collection/Recycling of Cell Phones
    Cellular phones and other mobile devices often contain toxic materials that can pollute the environment. The chemicals contained in the cell phones and electronics are harmful to the health of both humans and animals. Cell phones and their accessories contain a large number of hazardous substances known as Persistent, Bio-accumulative, and Toxic Chemicals (PBTs). Some of the chemicals contained in the PBTs have been known to cause damage to nervous systems, reproductive systems, and developmental systems, as well as causing cancer.

    When recycled properly, the materials can be put back into circulation, reducing the health risks to the community. The materials that are contained in old cell phones can often be recycled and reused to make a variety of other products. Additionally, in order to comply with environmental protection regulations, many countries have very specific requirements and methods for disposing of cell phones, batteries, and other toxic items. Rather than wrestling with disposal guidelines yourself, it is often much easier to just sell or donate old cell phones to a company qualified to recycle them.

Resources & Planning Support Link: http://www.notepage.net/green/why-recycle-cell-phones.htm

  • Clean-up & Beautification (Park, Senior Center, School Grounds)
  • Tree Planting
  • Recycling & Composting
    Students are probably already aware that disposing of America's trash is a major environmental problem. As landfills around the country grow and reach capacity, recycling becomes increasingly important. Your class may be surprised to find out that about 30 percent of the trash produced in the U.S. is composed of organic yard and food waste. Composting these materials would not only reduce the burden on landfills, but the resulting compost could be used to improve soil quality, stem erosion, and aid plant development. In this project, students will investigate the amount of food and yard waste produced in your local area. They will perform an experiment to find out how compost can improve soil quality and help plants grow. Finally, they will organize a composting project and fertilize a garden.

Resources & Planning Support Link: http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/wue/land2_overview.html
Contact Information:
Hosea James Givan II, Executive Director – (213) 280-9449/ hosea@giveback4kids.org
Anthony Winn, Director of Development – (646) 696-4226/ awinn@giveback4kids.org

 

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