Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one threat to the water quality of the Puget Sound. These curricula develop and cultivate an understanding of the serious issues facing our community from stormwater runoff and to share specific actions we can take to improve the quality of our water. In these units, students will utilize problem solving models to replicate the thinking process of engineers addressing polluted stormwater runoff.
Waste Solutions: This TED Ed lesson explores how worms can reduce our waste.
Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste
Waste Solutions: This TED Ed lesson traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers these disposables present to our world.
Recycling Technology: What happens to your recyclables after the truck picks them up? Take a virtual tour of a recycling center in action!
Local Perspectives: This video follows the incredible journey of Kitsap County’s waste.
National Perspectives: One of the few states that offer cash refunds for recycling bottles and cans, California is slowly shutting down its recycling centers, as they pay out money faster than they bring it in. Yet many of the disabled and homeless in Los Angeles rely on recycling centers to survive.
One Man's Trash is Still Trash, as CA Shuts Down Recycling Centers
Global Perspectives: In Kamikatsu, Japan, 80% of the town's waste is reused in its rigorous recycling program. So what is life like in this zero waste town?
How this Japanese Town Produces Almost No Trash
School kids in Australia get a close-up look at sewage treatment.
In collaboration with BKAT-TV, the Kitsap County Sewer
Utility completed a 12-minute documentary highlighting the treatment process at
the Central Kitsap Treatment Facility north of Silverdale.
CK Treatment Plant
Although products like facial tissues, dental floss, cotton swabs, and kitty litter may flush down the toilet, they can cause clogged pipes for you and your neighbors. See Will It Flush? to find out more, and many thanks to City of Spokane Department of Wastewater Management for sharing its entertaining and educational video in partnership with WEF.
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