The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is committed to achieving Zero Waste, and we want to help our tri-state schools and communities to get involved! The Zero Landfill Challenge is a challenge-based, collaborative learning experience aligned with state standards where teachers act as mentors to students leading the charge in achieving Zero Waste in their classrooms, schools, and communities. By taking part in this challenge, students are empowered to inspire communities to reduce waste, live responsibly, and act naturally. The 2013 Zero Landfill Challenge Winners have been chosen!First Place – Roger Bacon High SchoolClick here to view their project!Second Place – Hughes High SchoolClick here to view their project!Click here to view their video!Third Place -Loveland High SchoolClick here to view their project! Why become a zero waste school?Cut expenses! By creatively reducing and reusing materials, schools can reduce the cost of purchasing new products.Be environmentally friendly! Reducing waste also reduces the number of natural resources that must be used to make new products. By eliminating waste that must be placed into landfills, schools can help reduce soil, water, and air pollution.Create jobs! That’s right – when we find creative ways of reusing materials, we create new jobs for people who want to help turn reused materials into “upcycled” products!Foods with lots of packaging (candy, processed foods, soda, chips) are typically less healthy than foods without any packaging (fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grain products).Support the Green and sustainable development efforts of area school districts, including Cincinnati Public Schools.What skills will my students learn?Learn and incorporate content knowledge from multiple subject areasIncorporate elements of inquiryCreate a challenge with personal connections to their home communitiesWork in a collaborative environment driven by students who are responsible for themselves and their peersDiscover knowledge through a real-world applicationDevelop practical solutions to real-world problemsLearn project management skillsThe benefits of challenge-based learningA flexible framework customizable for any team’s needsA focus on global challenges advocated for by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden with a focus on local solutionsAn authentic connection between academic disciplines and real world experienceA workflow to develop 21st century skillsThe purposeful use of technology for researching, analyzing, organizing, collaborating, communicating, publishing and reflectingThe opportunity to encourage action from students now, rather than waiting until they are finished with schoolThe documentation and assessment of the learning experience from challenge to solutionThe opportunity to encourage action from students now, rather than waiting until they are finished with schoolA chance for students to take charge of their learning Community Partners for the Zero Waste Challenge The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) is an award-winning national nonprofit organization that brings dynamic, in-person assemblies about climate change to high schools at no cost to the school. Since 2009, ACE has presented for over 1.4 million students nationwide. After the assembly, educators work with student-led Action Teams to help them take on carbon cutting projects. This fall, we opened an Ohio office and we are thrilled to be partnering with the Cincinnati Zoo on the Zero Waste Challenge! An ACE assembly is a great way to build student excitement around the Zoo Challenge and kickstart participation at your school. After the assembly, ACE can offer in-person support and online resources to help your school succeed in the Challenge that align with our own national waste-reduction campaign goals. Check out the assembly trailer to get a feel for what ACE does: www.acespace.org/assembly. To contact ACE’s Ohio office, contact Kylie Johnson via email at email@example.com or call at 513-400-4851. To book an award-winning assembly at your school, click here.