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Town of Truckee grant benefits TTUSD environmental literacy programs

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One of the TTUSD smart sorting bins.

TRUCKEE, Calif — The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District was recently selected by the town of Truckee to be a partner in the town's CalRecycle grant program.

The focus of CalRecycle is to increase the collection of California Refund Value qualified beverage containers.

Based on the school district's ability to positively impact CRV recycling, the town of Truckee is funding roughly $30,000 toward recycling equipment for TTUSD's school-based recycling and education programs.

"Education about what can and cannot be recycled is key to a successful CRV beverage container recycling program," said Assistant Town Manager Alex Terrazas. "The school district's established sustainability and educational programs make them the ideal partner in our efforts to increase this type of recycling."

TTUSD will have 22 smart sorting bins and 18 CRV bins at its six Truckee school sites as one more element of a district-wide recycling program.

The district regularly teams with Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships to implement environmental education programs to teach environmental stewardship.

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TTUSD has numerous sustainability programs under way, all geared to teach kids how to do a better job of managing waste consumption.

Currently, the district has nine sustainability clubs, including Green Teams at the elementary schools, Eco-Action at the middle schools, and Envirolution at the high school level.

These were all started with generous funding from the Shane McConkey Foundation.

In addition to the smart sorting bins, the town is also funding $36,000, $12,000 for three years, for the sustainability clubs at the Truckee school sites.

Anna Klovstad, Sustainability and Project Supervisor for TTUSD, shared, "We are teaching to the whole child, educating students on how to be good citizens and create a strong future by managing environmental resources. We couldn't do this without the strong community partnerships."

This article was submitted by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School district. For information on TTUSD's sustainability programs, visit ttusd.org. For information on CalRecycling visit calrecycle.ca.gov.