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Online resources for the American Chemical Society's celebration of Earth Day 2007: Recycling -- Chemistry Can!

Online Resources

Key: E = Elementary (K-5), I = Intermediate (6-8), HS = High School (9-12), C = College, G = General Public

Properties of Materials and Chemical Changes

AmericanChemistry.com — Learning Center. Provided by: American Chemistry Council. (G)
Resources to you explore the fascinating world of chemistry. Learn about the chemistry that keeps swimming pools clean, makes cars safe and efficient, and keeps lawns green.
URL: http://www.americanchemistry.com/s_acc/sec_directory.asp?CID=224&DID=578
The Atoms Family. Provided by: Miami Museum of Science. (E, I, HS, G)
Check out the Mummy’s Tomb, Dracula’s Library, Frankenstein’s Lightning Laboratory, the Phantom’s Portrait Parlor, and Wolf Man’s Ghostly Graveyard to learn about the principles and properties of atoms and matter, and about fuel conservation and energy transfer.
URL: http://www.miamisci.org/af/sln/
The Chlorine Science Center. Provided by: Chlorine Chemistry Division, American Chemistry Council. (E, I, HS, G)
Chemistry is fun and relevant to everyday life when presented using chlorine, a “building block” element.
URL: http://www.science-education.org/
Phosphate Facts. Provided by: Phosphate Forum of the Americas. (I, HS, C, G)
Inorganic phosphates are compounds of phosphorus and oxygen that occur in many forms, are present in all living organisms, and are required continuously to support life since most are essential nutrients.
URL: http://www.phosphatesfacts.org/index.asp
Teaching Plastics. Provided by: American Plastics Council. (E, I)
The Hands on Plastics science education kits contain teachers need to design and implement investigations into the chemistry and characteristics of plastics.
URL: http://www.teachingplastics.org/
What Are Solvents? The Properties of Solvents. Provided by: Solvents Industry Group. (G)
Solvents can be found in coatings, cleaners, personal care products, inks, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural products.
URL: http://www.solventsindustrygroup.org/consumers/what.asp

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Clean Sweep U.S.A. Provided by: Keep America Beautiful. (E, I, HS, G)
Check out Garbage Pizza, Waste Watchers, Compost Office, Recycling Rules, Energy to Burn, and Landfill Lounge to learn about waste management.
URL: http://www.kab.org/kids/defaultx.htm
Container Recycling Institute. Provided by: Container Recycling Institute. (G)
This site has information on the recycling of plastic, glass, and aluminum containers.
URL: http://www.container-recycling.org/
Earth 911 — Making Every Day Earth Day. Provided by: Earth 911. (G)
This site contains community-specific environmental information. Topics include reuse, recycling, hazardous waste disposal, composting, and “green” shopping tips.
URL: http://www.earth911.org/master.asp
EEK! Environmental Education for Kids. Provided by: Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources. (E, I)
Online environmental magazine featuring information about endangered species, wildlife habitats, vegetation, and recycling.
URL: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/eek/
Facing the Future: People and the Planet. Provided by: Facing the Future. (I, HS)
This site aims to develop young people’s capacity and commitment to create thriving, sustainable, and peaceful local and global communities.
URL: http://www.facingthefuture.org/
Garbage: How Can My Community Reduce Waste? Provided by: Annenberg/CPB. (I, HS, G)
Introducing global waste management, topics covered include solid waste, sewage, hazardous waste, and sustainable living.
URL: http://www.learner.org/exhibits/garbage/
The Great Green Game. Provided by: Union of Concerned Scientists. (E, I, HS, G)
This game tests your knowledge of how consumer choices affect the environment. As you ‘shop green’ the Envirometer gauges the cumulative impact of your choices.
URL: http://go.ucsusa.org/game/
The Imagination Factory. Provided by: Marilyn Brackney. (E, I)
Devoted to teaching children “creative ways to recycle by making art,” this site includes the Trash Matcher, a list of waste materials matched to art projects.
URL: http://www.kid-at-art.com/
Kids Against Marine Litter. Provided by: Global Marine Litter Information Gateway. (E, I, HS)
Offers educational materials and activities about the marine environment and understand the consequences of abusing it.
URL: http://marine-litter.gpa.unep.org/kids/kids.htm
The Life Cycle of a CD or DVD, Life Cycle of a Cell Phone (pdf). Provided by: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (G)
Posters on the life cycle of a CD or DVD, and a cell phone.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/students/finalposter.pdf (CD or DVD)
http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/education/pdfs/life-cell.pdf (Cell Phone)
Make a Difference Campaign. Provided by: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (I)
This site helps you to make informed decisions for protecting the environment and inspires you to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/education/mad.htm
National Recycling Coalition. Provided by: National Recycling Coalition. (G)
The National Recycling Coalition is a membership organization of recycling professionals and advocates dedicated to maximizing recycling.
URL: http://www.nrc-recycle.org/default.htm
Planet Protectors Club. Provided by: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (E)
Your mission is to improve the world by making less trash and to help other people learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/education/kids_ppc.htm
Plastics Resource. Provided by: American Chemistry Council, Plastics Division. (G)
When we hear the term “green living,” many of us think of the outdoors but green living can start indoors by choosing recycled plastic products, finding new and creative uses for old items, and cutting back our use of natural resources.
URL: http://www.plasticsresource.com/s_plasticsresource/index.asp
Product Stewardship. Provided by: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (G)
Product stewardship is a product-centered approach calling on those in the product lifecycle to share responsibility for reducing its’ environmental impacts.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epr/
Recycle City. Provided by: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (E, I)
See how the people of Dumptown turned their backward town around. Find out how Recycle City reduces waste and saves money. Learn more about recycling than you ever dared. Get a clue to where all that garbage goes.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/
Roscoe’s Recycle Room. Provided by: Steel Recycling Institute. (E, I)
Interactive site designed to teach children about the importance of recycling.
URL: http://www.recycleroom.org/
Your Life, Your World, Your Choices Campaign. Provided by: Environmental Protection Agency. (HS)
This campaign is aimed at educating and engaging you in resource conservation and environmental protection and to help you make informed decisions for protecting the environment in your day-to-day life.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/education/mad-hs.htm
Wastes and Recycling — Kids and Teachers Page. Provided by: Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection. (E, I, HS)
Includes curricular materials and activities, displays and presentations, and cool recycling links.
URL: http://www.mass.gov/dep/recycle/reduce/kidsteac.htm

Other Earth Day Web Sites

EarthDay.gov
URL: http://www.earthday.gov/
Other Government Earth Day Web Sites
URL: http://earthday.gov/govtsites.htm
EarthDay Network (E, I, HS, C, G)
Earth Day Network is an alliance of 5,000 groups in 184 countries working to promote a healthy environment and a peaceful, just, sustainable world.
URL: http://www.earthday.net/