Organizer and Activist Resources: Resources for Environmental Events
Many groups around the country have produced outstanding materials. We are listing some of the best here, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. If there is an Earth Day organization near you, check with them to see what exhibits, handouts and other materials they may have for you to use. When ordering, make checks payable to the group you are ordering from and be sure to include your shipping address and phone number in case of questions.
- Hard copies of this manual, The Earth Day Organizer's Guide. Send a 9x12 self addressed stamped
envelope with $3.00 postage on it to Earth Day Network, PO Box 9827, San
Diego CA 92169-9827.Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations gratefully
accepted (tax deductible).
- The Campus Green Buying Guide is available from Green Seal 1250
23rd St. NW Ste. 275 Washington DC 20037-1101 (202)331-7337. This
well-researched guide show how a campus can green their purchases. Includes
detailed explanations of cost issues, sample environmental procurement
statement and motivation for why green procurement makes a difference
financially and environmentally and how-to introduce it on a campus. $20 or
$12.50 for non-profits.
- Interested in building support and a process for sustainability in your
region? Order a copy of "Indicators of Sustainable Community" for $10 from
Sustainable Seattle c/o Metrocenter YMCA, 909 Fourth Ave., Seattle WA
98104. It explains a very effective process and reports on the "indicators
of sustainability" that each region can develop for itself.
- Friends of the Future offers exhibits, fact sheets, and place mats for community organizers and teachers, on climate change($8), water($12), trees($8), and toxics($12).
Can be handed out at events, used in classrooms, made into exhibits, and
used on bulletin boards, service counters or reception tables where people
wait. Place to add your own organization logo and local information. Ready
to be photocopied. Convenient 8.5x11 size. Each kit contains place mat art,
handouts and instructions on making inexpensive exhibits, * Non-toxic
cleaning demonstration kit (how-to and recipes to use for handout) and
instructions on how to assemble an Earth Day Maze with sample script and
maze. $12 each packet. Friends of the Future, RR3 Box 250 Burnsville NC
28714-9312 (704)682-7331 prices include postage).
- Crayon Power for kids ages 6-60. A coloring book, depicting
environmental themes such as global warming or water conservation, has on
the reverse side of every page the address of a decision-maker to whom the
colored-in messages can be sent. This scheme introduces some of the major
environmental problems of the world to very young children and gives them
an opportunity to contribute to the solution. The book is drawn and
produced by high school students at the High School for Environmental
Studies. $5.95 (includes postage). Sizeable discounts to educators for
class sets. Write Crayon Power at PO Box1006 Bloomfield, NJ 07003 and ask
for "Think for the Earth, Act on Home Turf" or call 201-338-9575.
- Heartland All Species Project offers three different fun and educational cassette tapes with accompanying song books and activities: Rot and Roll, cassette tape of 12 songs about
composting and recycling and song book with activities. Also, In Tune with
All Species, cassette tape and song book, illustrations and activities for
each song, and Take Me to the Zoo. $12.50 each cassette, * Earth Day in
Your School and Community: Working with the Earth, the Economy and the
Environment . . . A Guide for Study and Celebration Creation. 120-page
workbook for teachers and organizers $12.50, * Workbook on how to make
masks and All Species Parade, $10 All available from Heartland All Species
Project, 5644 Charlotte, Kansas City, MO 64110 (816)333-5663. (prices
include postage and handling). * EnviroAccount: Environmental Awareness
Software for DOS or Macintosh. Attention teachers, parents,
environmentalists: a very easy to use software program that shows you your
connections with the Earth. EnviroAccount does a comprehensive personal or
family environmental audit plus environmental awareness training, generates
a five page report that details all of one's environmental impacts, plus
gives a final score and a rating. For educational or home use. Covered are:
1) Household Energy and Water, 2) Transportation, 3) Consumerism, 4) Waste,
5) Advocacy, and 6) Land Use and Family Planning. Includes extensive
information and resources on each topic. Currently being used in over 100
schools nationwide. $49.95. For a free brochure or to order call
1-800-554-0317 or 916-756-9156. Institutional P.O.s accepted. Up to 80%
discount for multiple copies. EnviroAccount Software, 605 Sunset Ct.,
Davis, CA 95616. Fax: 916-756-9156 E-mail: email@example.com
- "The Time Has Come" inspirational children's song and performance
package. Includes cassette and instructions on how to produce for your
local events. $25 from Earth Emerge and See 277 Hudson St., Cornwall on
Hudson, NY 12520. (914)534-3769.
- Making Waves-How to Put on a Water Festival. $12; non-profits can
request for complimentary copy. Also: brochure series on water quality
issues, Water Cycle poster, and video curriculum series on water topics.
Contact the Water Environment Federation, Public Education Department, 601
Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1994. Call 1-800-666-0206.
- Education Resource Catalog. Published by the Alliance for
Environmental Education, PO Box 369, The Plains, VA 22171. 703-253-5812.
Includes information about: memberships, consulting services, public
relations, fund-raising, media, databases, on-line services, catalogs,
books, periodicals, newsletters, teaching kits, software, curricula,
equipment, test kits, clothing, videos, movies, and other products,
services or tools.
- Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (OBIS) published by Delta
Education, Inc. PO Box 915, Hudson, NH 03051-0915. 1-800-258-1302. OBIS is
an outdoor program offering young people fun and educational opportunities
to investigate ecological relationships in their local environment.
Easy-to-follow and challenging activities may be done in independent
modules or in a sequence. For children ages 10-15.
- Set up a Recycling Olympics. You organize a series of games which
involves the recycling of glass, paper, aluminum and other recyclables.
Contact: Anita Comer, Greeley Earth Day, 3922 Golden St., Evans CO 80620
- Booklet on how to conduct an Ecothon, a walk-a-thon fund-raiser
combined with a fair is available from Metro DC Environmental Network
(METNET) 645 Morris Place NE, Washington, DC 20002 or call 202-544-5125.
- Paint an educational Earth Day mural on a visible town building
(enroll the building owner to sponsor!). You can hold a contest in local
school or ask a local artist to paint it. Contact Earth Day Tampa Bay for
more info: 2379 Broad St., Brooksville FL 34609.
- Conserve and Renew. Curriculum designed for grades 4-6 and readily
adaptable to other grades. An activity guide focusing on conservation and
renewable energy sources. Twenty-three field-tested hands-on activities,
teacher background information, student handouts, annotated guide to energy
education resources. $12 made payable to SSU Academic Foundations to
Conserve and Renew, Energy Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park,
CA 94928. 707-664-2577. Also, Eco clip art for educators, and energy
education hypercard stack for Apple Macintosh users. $12 each.
- Dedicated to improving the environmental quality of life through
education. Published Literature and Curricula topics include: An
Environmental Education Guide for Teachers, Tuning the Green Machine, An
Integrated View of Environmental Systems, Water Pollution and Environmental
Studies, Activites Guide to Populations and Environmental Studies,
Activities Guide to Watershed Investigations, Waste Minimization and
Education, Pollution Prevention, Practical Guide to Protecting Rural and
Urban Land, The Nature Conservancy Student Stewardship Program Manuals.
$14-$32 per book + $3 postage. Chadbourne & Chadbourne, Inc. 18554 Haskins
Rd., Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 44023-1823. 216-543-7303 or 1-800-484-7949
"Dedicated to improving the environmental quality of life through
- Ecology books from AMC Media Corp, 250 H St., Suite 729, Blaine, WA
98230. 1-800-667-6119. Good Planets are Hard to Find, $7. Ecology Action
Workbook for Jr. and Sr. HS Students, $3. Kids Ecology Book, for grades 3,
4, & 5. $8. Bulk rates available on request.
- Blooms Across America, is a patriotic theme program that empowers
children to raise funds, beautify the community and increase government
awareness. The core of the program is the Blooming Action Seed Kit. Kits contain
packets of "patriotic seeds" - a mixture of red, white, and blue
wildflowers and other garden favorites that will grow in most areas of the
U.S. Children sell the fun kits for $5.00 and encourage purchasers to
scatter seeds around mailboxes or along curbs so within weeks roadways are
ablaze in red, white and blue. Purchasers are also encouraged to complete
the Proaction Postcard that comes with the kit and mail it in to Washington
D.C. to support government action to help the environment. Contact: Blooms
Across America, P.O. Box 12926, Pittsburgh PA 15241 (412)835-1613.
- Earth Day Resources, 116 Montgomery St., Suite 530, San Francisco,
CA 94105. 415-496-5987 or 1-800-727-8619. Offers the following:
* Fact sheet set #1: global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain,
tropical rainforest, pesticide, water conservation, tree planting,
* Fact sheet set #2: Agriculture, food choices, American forests, the
automobile, energy, household hazards, composting and population growth.
- Planning and Organizing Your Environmental Event: $10.
- Organizing Recycling in the Workplace, $12.
- Organizing Ride-sharing in the Workplace, $12.
- Earth Day 1990 lesson plans K-6 and 7-12, $8 each.
- Campus Environmental Audit "thorough guide," $12.
- Workplace Environmental Audit "brief guide," $5.
- Grass Roots Earth Day Spring Clean Manual, $5.
- Earth Day T-shirts, $10.
- Projects for the Planet:
How to Organize a Workplace Ride-sharing Program, $12 How to Organize a
Workplace Recycling Program, $12
Rocky Mountain Institute
1739 Snowmass Creek Rd.
Snowmass, CO 81654-9199
American Wind Energy Association
122 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
2140 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704 (510)549-9914
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1001 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 801
Washington, DC 20036 (202)429-8873
Other Useful Resources
Keep America Beautiful
1010 Washington Boulevard
Stamford, CT. 06901
Union of Concerned Scientists
Two Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02238-9105
Environmental Hazards Management
10 Newmarket Rd.
PO Box 932
Durham, NH 03824
Water Environment Federation
601 Wythe St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-1994
Center for Marine Conservation
1725 Desales St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Earth Island Institute
300 Broadway Ste 28
San Francisco CA CA 94133
730 Polk Street
San Francisco CA 94109
Zero Population Growth (ZPG)
1400 Sixteenth St. NW, Suite 320
Washington DC 20036
Carrying Capacity Network
2000 P Street NW Ste240
Washington DC 20036
National Audubon Society
New York NY 10003
1015 18th St NW Ste. 1000
Washington DC 20036
136 Main Street Ste A
El Segundo CA 90245
To bring about environmental improvement through their own actions and by
their example to challenge other young people and businesses to join the
youth environmental movement. Programs include:
World Youth Summits
Trees Around the World
Global Sister Communities
Kids for a Clean Environment
PO Box 158254
Nashville, TN 37215
Grass roots youth organization started by a child for children. Programs
Kids Town Hall Meetings
Kids Earth Flag
Earth Force, project of the Pew Charitable Trust
1501 Wilson Blvd. 12th floor
Arlington VA 22209
"Pennies for the Planet" Campaign.
Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!)
706 Frederick Street
Santa Cruz CA 95062
Contact your local chapter of the American Lung Association for a variety
of free stuff about clean air and air pollution. Check your local phone
The National Wildlife Federation has special youth publications and Earth
Day Wildlife curricula. 1400 Sixteenth St., NW Washington DC 20036-2266
The Cousteau Society has a Dolphin Club with special comics and games
related to oceans. 870 Greenbriar Circle Suite 402 Chesapeake VA
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