Research shows that "green" schools can reduce the $6 to $8 billion spent annually on energy by as much as 25 percent, according to the Center for Green Schools.
To raise awareness about the importance of recycling e-waste and implementing "green" school initiatives, FundingFactory, together with Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, have launched a new green initiative, which includes the "Go Green" Sweepstakes. To kick off FundingFactory's "green" initiative, educators will have a chance to win $5,000, which they can use to improve their school's environmental sustainability efforts or for other initiatives. From now until March 1, 2013, educators can visit http://scholastic.com/fundingfactory and explain how they would use the money to support eco-friendly programs and practices at their school.
FundingFactory, a 100-percent free fundraising-by-recycling program, enables participants to exchange e-waste for cash or points redeemable for new technology and other products. Educators can visit the "Go Green" Sweepstakes website to learn more about the importance of recycling, and discover ways to build community support for their school's recycling fundraiser.
"The FundingFactory program helps schools all over the country in reducing e-waste and preventing it from being landfilled," said Sean Michaels, president of FundingFactory. "With the help of Scholastic, we are able to offer educators the opportunity to create a school-wide sustainability initiative and share their success with others."
The "Go Green" Sweepstakes winner will be announced in March 2013. To learn more about the Sweepstakes or the FundingFactory program, visit FundingFactory.com, Facebook.com/FundingFactory and YouTube.com/FundingFactory.
*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to public, accredited private schools and home schools in compliance with their state of residence that are located in the 50 United States (and the District of Columbia) and have any or all of the following grades: K–12. Official rules: http://scholastic.com/fundingfactory.
Since its inception in 1997, FundingFactory has provided more than $31 million in funding to more than 50,000 schools and nonprofit organizations across the U.S., and saved 30 million pounds of waste from landfills. FundingFactory is a free recycling fundraiser for schools, nonprofits, and charities. Participating organizations can earn points redeemable for cash or products by recycling used inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, and small electronics collected from their communities and supporters. FundingFactory is a program of Environmental Reclamation Services, LLC, a Clover Technologies Group company. Headquartered in Erie, Pa., ERS is an R2-certified, ISO 14001-2004-certified, Zero Landfill Initiative company with more than 99 percent of its incoming material having been reused or recycled in 2011.
Scholastic Corporation(NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at www.scholastic.com.