ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In advance of Earth Day on April 22, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® is partnering with Young Minds Inspired to offer free educational materials about electronics recycling to teachers, including the first-ever Spanish-language edition. The lesson plan teaches students in grades 4-6 how “ecycling” — recycling old electronics — can help reduce the environmental impact of their technology choices and promote a more sustainable future.
“Our industry wants to make recycling old electronics as easy as purchasing new electronics,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. “By empowering students with actionable information on how to live green, buy green and recycle responsibly, we’re trying to help them and their families lower their energy consumption, shrink their carbon footprint and reduce waste – all while saving money.”
“We hope this program will encourage more teachers to make ecycling part of their environmental science curriculum,” said Dr. Dominic Kinsley, Editor in Chief of Young Minds Inspired. “For today’s tech-savvy students, this can be the ‘teachable moment’ that opens their eyes to the far-reaching impact of our everyday consumer choices, and helps them understand how we all play a role in creating a sustainable future.”
Teachers can find the educational materials in English and Spanish at YMIclassroom.com. CEA also now has the latest tips on ecycling for Spanish-speaking consumers available at GreenerGadgets.org/espanol.
“With a more than 100 percent increase in the U.S. Hispanic population by 2060, it’s important that our industry encourages more Spanish-speaking Americans to take a leading role in ecycling,” said Shapiro.
As consumers begin their journey to live green, buy green, and recycle responsibly, here are some tips from GreenerGadgets on how to reduce your carbon footprint:
- Measure. Find out how much energy consumer electronics consume in your home with our handy energy use calculator. Understanding your energy consumption will help you consume less energy.
- Be efficient. Unplugging unused electronics and using new power strips are easy and effective ways to save electricity. Many devices (such as computers, mobile phones and videogame consoles) now have power management settings, so be sure to setup your settings and help conserve energy.
- Use technology to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. Nowadays, you can help your household save energy and money by buying programmable devices that connect to your home network from your smartphone or tablet. For example, installing a smart home thermostat, water management system, and energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances are all ways to help make your home more energy efficient.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR label. When purchasing electronics, look for the ENERGY STAR label, designating efficient models; and the EnergyGuide label, providing energy cost information for all models.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $286 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media: http://www.ce.org/social.
Young Minds Inspired (YMI) is the nation’s leading provider of free educational outreach programs for learners of all ages. Every YMI program is developed by curriculum experts and reviewed by members of our Educator Advisory Board, a blue-ribbon panel of active teachers who assure that our programs align with academic standards and meet practical classroom needs.
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