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The Facts on Trash We all know that trash, especially plastic waste, is a big world problem right now. To put some numbers to it, each year the worlds’ nations generate 1.3 billion tons of solid waste. That amounts to 1.2 kilograms (2.64 pounds) per person per day. According to The World Bank, “With rapid population growth and urbanization, municipal waste generation is expected to rise to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025.” Considering that more than half the world’s population does not have access to regular trash collection or management, the environmental pollution and health problems associated with the toxicity of trash will also rise. In terms of economy, trash is a financial burden, requiring cities to spend 20% to 50% of their budgets on waste management. And can you guess who generates the most waste? The United States.  Followed by China, Brazil, Japan, and Germany. “The more urban and... Read More

Conservation, How To

By Maddie Cole The benefits of outdoor education are extensive and well-documented. Learning outdoors improves academic performance, health, and childhood development. It can also instill a sense of civic responsibility and empathy and build ties within the community. Finally, getting outside is fun! Students who venture outside during class time cherish these opportunities and remember this part of their education fondly. We’ve put together a compilation of fun and educational ideas for you to get your students into the fresh air. We’ve tried to include something for everyone – we have ideas for science teachers, humanities teachers, and even art teachers! And these ideas aren’t just for the fall and spring – help stave off cabin fever and try some of our ideas for getting your students outside in the wintertime! ART & EXPRESSION 1. Train the next generation of nature photographers and photojournalists. Give... Read More

Education, How To

Inspiration for this piece from Nonprofit Quarterly’s “A Graphic Re-visioning of Nonprofit Overhead” There’s always been a debate among nonprofits, foundations, and donors as to what percentage of expenses should go to administrative overhead at a respectable organization. Administrative expenses include everything that isn’t spent directly on a nonprofit’s programs:  the departments of fundraising, HR, board oversight, administration, finance, and all the people who perform those jobs. On one hand, low overhead means that more of a person’s donation goes into the program that inspires the donor to donate. On the other hand, it could mean that nonprofits are skimping on the departments and people that build strong, healthy programs. EPI operates as a lean organization, with 85% of every dollar covering program expenses. And that leanness is not special to EPI. In the last decade or so,... Read More

How To, Nonprofit