Registration for the 2018-2019 school year for Generation Zero is not open. We are awaiting confirmation on our program contract from Austin Resource Recovery.

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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.

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

This award recognizes a Generation Zero school exhibiting a committment to zero waste and sustainability on their campus.  The winning school will be recognized with a cash prize, a press event, and recognition at a UT football game! The 2018 Zero Waste Champion will be announced in fall of 2018.

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