Green Star is committed to educating community members of all ages and working with other organizations to increase our impact. This page highlights just a few of our efforts to provide recycling outreach and education for the Fairbanks community.
Fairbanks Recycling Guide
Green Star published the first edition of the Fairbanks Recycling Guide in August 2011. This comprehensive resource includes valuable information to help community members navigate the recycling scene in Fairbanks. This guide is updated, published, and distributed throughout the community annually.
Download the guide here
Recycling Curriculum Program
Green Star is currently developing Recycling Curriculum Kits for grades K-8. Integrating information on the topics of reducing waste and recycling, as well as technology that meets Alaskan education standards, the 3-Rs Curriculum takes an in-depth look at recycling in Fairbanks. We will be finalizing the curriculum kits this summer, with plans to make them available for check out and use by local schools in the fall of 2015.
Energy Hog Program
For the past two years, in September, Green Star has partnered with the Golden Valley Electric Association to present the Energy Hog Program at several local elementary schools. Kalee Meurlott, Education Specialist, played the role of the Energy Hog Buster and her friend Bridget Mackey was the Energy Hog.
This program is a great example of Green Star’s work in our community to teach kids the importance of green living. The Energy Hog Program accomplishes two goals: it helps students track down energy wasters—or energy hogs—and teaches them energy-saving habits. During the short assemblies, the Energy Hog Buster talked about the importance of energy in our lives. She asked students to help identify energy hogs such as taking long showers, leaving the lights on when not in the room, and running electric heaters. In 2014, we visited Anderson Elementary, Ann Wein Elementary, Crawford Elementary, Hunter Elementary, Joy Elementary, Ladd Elementary, and Nordale Elementary. We loved interacting with all of the awesome students and teachers
Presentations and Information Booths
Green Star provides community outreach at many local events in order to share information about how and where to recycle in our community. Some recent examples of where Green Star has appeared recently include:
- Clean Up Day – Trash Bash
- Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce – General Membership Luncheon
- Fairbanks Community Food Bank – Be My Neighbor Day
- Farthest North Girl Scouts Council – Recycling Education Presentations
- Fort Wainwright – Community Action Council
- Fort Wainwright – Earth Day Celebration
- Joy Elementary School – Earth Day Recycling Presentations
- Randy Smith Middle School – Garden Bazaar
- UAF Office of Sustainability – Earth Day Event