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Stemming the Tide: Taking Action on Campus Against Plastic Pollution

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Stemming the Tide: Taking Action on Campus Against Plastic Pollution

With the average college student producing about 640 pounds of trash each year, campuses need comprehensive waste management programs that provide tracking, reporting, education, awareness, fun, and creativity. Stemming the Tide is for students, clubs, resident advisors, staff and faculty to use as a resource to get started and tackle plastics on campus. This guide features smaller, individual actions, and campus-wide engagement campaigns and includes information about the plastics pollution problem, its impacts on humans and wildlife, action ideas, and educational strategies.

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Case Study Database (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education—AASHE)
Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement (U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools)
Paper Steps on Campus: 9 Steps to Protecting the Climate (Environmental Paper Network's RePaper Project)
Roadmap to a Green Campus (U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools)

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More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. The National Wildlife Federation is on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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