Environment

  • Trees and Flowers.  Help your family plant trees and flowers to beautify our environment.
  • Litter.  Never throw litter (paper, cans, bottles, plastic) on the ground in parks or along the road while riding in a car.  
  • Litter removal.  Use gloves and large bags to help pick up litter in parks, neighborhoods, school grounds, or the Centennial Trail.  
  • Clean up a vacant lot in your neighborhood.   
  • Neighborhood Garden.  Plant a garden so the whole neighborhood can enjoy the food, beautiful flowers, and friendship while working together.  Give some of the produce to homeless shelters. 
  • Rake Leaves.  Gather friends and rakes to spend a few hours raking leaves.  
  • Help a Neighbor.  Organize a neighborhood clean-up.  Clean up a yard, pick up litter, pull weeds, wash windows, remove trash, paint fences, or paint a neighbor’s house.  
  • Parks and Trails.  Volunteer to clean up a local park or trail with your family.  Get permission from the Parks Dept. to help build and install benches for people to rest on.  
  • Recycling.  Learn about recycling (under “Environment” on this website), and teach others what you have learned.  Ask permission to develop a recycling program at your school.  
  • Collect Items to Recycle.   Collect cans, jars, and newspapers to be recycled.  Recycle them yourself, or take them to a local shelter where the homeless can earn money by selling them to a recycling business.   

  • Recycled Products.  Encourage your parents to buy products made from recycled materials.  Does your school use recycled paper?   
  • Recycling Contest.  Ask permission to organize a class or school Invention Contest where students make something entirely out of recycled items.  
  • Compost Yard Waste.  Start a compost pile and encourage your family to use it.  Recycle kitchen scraps and yard trimmings, turning them into fertilizer for your yard and garden.  
  • 3 R’s.  Practice the 3 R’s in your home—Reduce, Recycle, Reuse.  
  • Christmas Trees.   Learn about recycling live Christmas trees—and recycle your own, or help others recycle theirs.    
  • Be Green.  Learn what it means to “Be Green.”  Use last year’s school supplies; buy recycled paper; use reusable water bottles instead of plastic; turn off your computer when you are not using it; organize a clothes swap with your friends (with your parents’ permission); and reuse last year’s backpack.  
  • Energy Watchdog.  Elect a family “Energy Watchdog” to shut off lights, TV’s and computers when not in use.  Rotate this job until everyone in the family has had a turn for a month—long enough to develop the habit of saving energy.   
  • Graffiti.  Never write on buildings with paint.  Ask permission to paint over graffiti.  
  • Join an Environmental Club.  Sign up for the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System’s EnviroKids’ Club.  This program is geared toward children ages 5-12.  You will receive mailings four times a year with instructions for Earth-friendly activities. Visit http://solidwaste.org and click on EnviroKids’ Club, or http://spokanecitysolidwaste.com, Spokane Regional Solid Waste Management, (509) 625-6800, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201 

  • More Ideas.  Find more ideas for giving service under the Environment topic on this site.