What Can You do? Get Involved! 
Come to a Red is Green Meeting! Talk to your kids about ways you and your family can conserve energy, reduce waste and consumption and help save the planet. Remember: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Questions, comments or suggestions? Dawn Eig and Lisa Paolella, redisgreen@lrei.org

Red is Green Initiatives:
• Newsletter: Creating an educational newsletter on a broad range of environmental subjects to inform LREI families about ways to take care of the environment.
• Field Trips: Exploring a ‘green’ NYC.
• Speakers: Bringing in local speakers to talk about a variety of environmental subjects.

Green Changes At LREI:
• Environmentally friendly classroom furnishings, flooring, motion sensor lights and storage in Middle School and third grade classrooms with future renovations to come.
• School directory is paperless.
• Recycling bins through out the Sixth Avenue Building.
• Low VOC paints in middle school and third grade classrooms.
• Cafeteria serving a selection of local and organic food
• Individual classrooms and teachers making ‘green’ choices
• Member of the Green Schools Alliance
• Cafeteria using napkins and cups made of post consumer recycled material

Useful Green Resources:
covian.com – website of resources in major cities, including New York. Find green dry & wet cleaners, organic restaurants & more.
Letsgogreen.biz – website with eco-friendly green products for your home or office, including water bottles, household cleaners, garbage bags and more. You can choose to designate a portion of the cost of your purchase to LREI as a fundraising opportunity.
Storyofstuff.com – fascinating website explaining the history of consumption and what really happens to our garbage and what we can do about it.
NYC Gov Wasteless - not sure what you can recycle in your trash?? This website will tell you what is allowed and where you can take your unrecyclable items.
earth911.com– great website for finding recycling centers for those hard to recycle items as well as info on how to recycle, ways to stop pollution and protect the environment.
Lesec.org – the Lower East Side Ecology Center is a great resource for finding out about things like electronics recycling drives in the city, worm composting tutorials and gardening sessions. Check out their website for upcoming events.
greendepot.com -The Green Depot, 222 Bowery – new store for all of your eco-friendly home needs, such as cleaning supplies, composters, organic bedding, low voc paint and more. Also includes a builder section, in case you’re about to do a renovation

It's never too early to start educating your children about taking care of the earth. Here is a small selection of books we love:

Green reference books: 
The Big Green Apple-Your Guide to Eco-Friendly Living in New York Cit y- Ben Jervey
Greenopia, New York City
Clean Plates NYC - Jared Koch

Adult books:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver
Omnivore's Dilemna - Michael Pollan
Six Degrees: our future on a hotter planet - Mark Lynas
Garbage Land- On the Secret Trail of Trash- Elizabeth Royte
No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet - Colin Beavan

For Older Kids:
Gaia Girls Enter The Earth - Lee Welles
Hoot, Flush and Scat all - Carl Hiaasen
The Green Teen: The Eco - Friendly Teen's Guide to Saving the Planet- Jenn Savedge
For Younger Kids:
The Lorax - Dr. Seuss
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
Recycle! A handbook for kids - Gail Gibbons
Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recycler s- Lauren Child
Where the Forest Meets the Sea - Jeannie Baker
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa - Jeanette Winter
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion - Lori Griffin Burns