Aspen Elementary

AspenAspen Elementary School has been recycling in a variety of ways for many years. The school recycles many items, from cardboard food trays, office paper, and compostable lunch waste.


The whole school gets involved in recycling, from teachers, staff, students, and parent volunteers. Each classroom sets up a system that works best for them, and every Friday, student council collects the materials from the recycling containers in each classroom. Recycling is also collected at special events and in bins at central areas of the campus.

Teachers also recycle bottles and cans to fundraise for their own classroom supplies and field trips. Some teachers raise hundreds of dollars per year on bottle and can recycling, and the school’s Eco Action Team organized a drive for America Recycles Day that earned approximately $300 for the school!


An Aspen parent volunteered his talents to paint an educational mural about watershed protection.

Aspen promotes all types of resource conservation.  Students learn in outdoor classrooms and educational gardens. Teachers implement eco-curricula, technology tie-ins, and interactive field trips. Volunteers promote reuse with book exchanges, rummage sales, “art from scrap” and other eco events. PFA sponsors special events such as a visit by the Wyland Mobile Learning Center Clean Water Challenge.

On May 3, 2013 Aspen Elementary received the coveted National Wildlife Federation Green Flag Award for all its efforts.  Aspen is the first school in California, and one of only 13 schools nation-wide, to achieve this prestigious status.

Please email or contact your student’s teacher for how you can get involved!