B.L.U.E. CERTIFIED… “Going B.L.U.E. is the new Going Green.”
What does it mean to be B.L.U.E. Certified?
B.L.U.E. “BEACH LIFE UNIFIED EDUCATION” For a school to become B.L.U.E Certified, they must believe in the importance of educating our youth about protecting and preserving our Oceans. The school educates and promotes Ocean Conservation through everyday activity. The TRÄTO foundation has equipped each school with educational material as well as recycle bins to put in each classroom. We encourage the use of recycled paper for all classroom activities and provide funding for students to go on educational field trips specific to marine biology and environmental studies. Limiting the use of plastic bags and single-use water bottles is of top priority as these are the most prevalent pieces of trash found in our oceans.
How can my school “Go B.L.U.E.?”
For a school to earn the nationally accredited title of being B.L.U.E Certified, they must meet the standards below…
- Make Recycle Bins accessible for students outside of each or multiple classrooms.
- Limit the use of plastic bags. The TRÄTO Foundation would like to provide these schools with reusable bags upon request.
- Use Eco-friendly ink and paint.
- Use only recycled notebooks or paper in printing stations.
- Incorporate a specialist in Marine Biology to appear as a guest speaker at school assemblies to discuss oceanic concerns and ways for everyone to help.
- Commit to teaching an Ocean Conservation lecture one week out of the school year in students sciences classes. *Educational material and school kits are available upon request
- During Ocean Awareness Week or “Going B.L.U.E.”, the school would take the students on an educational field -trip centered around environmental studies.
- Place water filtration systems around the school to reduce the waste of plastic water bottles. On average, 5 million single-use plastic water bottles are used every minute in the United States.
- Due to the number of balloons found in our oceans and the hazard they create for marine life, a school would choose to ban all balloons on their premises.