Generation Zero is a free youth education program, created in partnership with Austin Resource Recovery. The program engages K-12 students in TEKS-aligned educational and interactive activities that raise awareness about recycling, composting, and conservation while giving students simple solutions for reducing their waste. The curriculum is divided into grade levels – K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th , and 9th-12th – with a different focus for each.
- K-2nd: lessons focus on teaching students about sorting waste, emphasizing the differences between landfill trash, recycling, and composting
- 3rd-5th: lessons center around the composition of trash and recycling beyond the basics, integrating math and social studies concepts.
- 6th-12th: lessons explore the intricacies of our waste streams, to build a complex understanding of landfills and recycling systems, culminating with a student-led advocacy project to address waste issues locally
All Generation Zero programming is provided free of charge.