Generation Zero is an in-class youth education program in partnership with Austin Resource Recovery. This program engages K-12 students in fun, interactive activities which raise awareness about recycling, composting, and conservation while giving students simple solutions for reducing their waste. The Generation Zero model includes three Keep Austin Beautiful-led activities which incorporate a service learning component.
Registration for the 2017-18 academic year is now open for Middle and High Schools. Registration for Elementary Schools will be open after August 28th.
In addition, check out our Activity Kits available for educators to lead their own water quality activities and more.
The curriculum is divided into grade levels – K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th and 9th-12th – with a different focus for each.
- K-2nd: Compost Systems – concentrates on hands-on sorting and classifying objects that teaches students about where trash goes and culminates with building a worm bin for your class to keep.
- 3rd-5th: Recycling Home Habits - emphasis on math with hands-on manipulations that teaches students about the composition of trash and recycling beyond the basics.
- 6th-8th and 9th-12th: Auditing Our Impact - explores the type of waste produced at the school by doing an audit of its waste stream, followed by a student-led project addressing waste concerns at the school.
All Generation Zero program supplies and materials are provided free of charge.
Zero Waste Champion Award
The Generation Zero school with the most recycling and composting (pound per student) will be recognized with a cash prize, a commemorative bench, a press event, and recognition at a UT football game! The 2014 Zero Waste Champion is Sims Elementary School.