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Shopping for Supplies: Before you're dazzled by a super-sized pack of highlighters (on sale!) or a fancy eraser set, take stock of the school supplies you already have and avoid impulse purchases. Read more.
Don't Idle: As cash-strapped school districts cut back on bus service, more students will walk, bicycle, or carpool to class this year. Not every parent is comfortable allowing a kid to hoof it alone, so the line of cars idling in front of the elementary school could grow. Read more.
Eat Smart: Don't count the cafeteria out--ingredients for school lunches are usually bought in bulk (less packaging) and school chefs are notorious for recycling Monday's green beans into Tuesday's green-bean casserole (less food waste). Read more.
Recycle Textbooks: From forest to landfill, the book-publishing industry emitted about 12.4 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2006. Here's what you can do to reduce your share of that: Choose used textbooks. Bookbyte.com, Campus Book Swap, and Buy Used Textbooks let you buy and sell. Read more.
Study the Earth: The good news: Students are biking to class and recycling their textbooks. The bad news: They aren't necessarily being taught why these habits benefit the earth. Read more.