The Environmental Action Program for Schools (EAPS) is a free program for schools everywhere! The goal of the program is to help students incorporate environmental ideals into their everyday life.  It is designed to help school children of all ages (K 12) become more aware of the environment through easily accomplished actions and activities that take place at school. Participation in this program can help children change the world in which they live for the better, now and for a lifetime. If school children have first hand experience with recycling when they are young, they are more likely to embrace the ideals of recycling when they are grown.

The Environmental Action Program for Schools (EAPS) has eight action areas: Recycle, School Composting, Become a Collection Site, Letter Campaign, Less Toxic, Waste Prevention, Buy Recycled, and Environmental Curriculum (shown in color around this page) from which to choose. Activities falling within four of these action areas must be completed to become certified. The activities are geared towards schools and can be easily accomplished.  Upon completing activities in four of the eight action areas, schools earn the prestigious title of becoming an ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION SCHOOL.  

If your school is located in the unincorporated areas of Contra Costa, you can seek program certification using the link below. However, any school is welcome to use the Guide and self-certify. Feel free to download the Guide below and explore the EAPS tools. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Justin Sullivan at (925) 674-7812 or justin.sullivan@dcd.cccounty.us.

Everything you need to know about our program.

EAPS Guide

Click here to download the EAPS Guide
The following tools are intended to assist in the development of your school's program and communications.

Download the Green Team Discussion Points

Download the School Announcement

Download the Waste Assessment Tool

Download the Checklist

Certification requires completion of the
following forms.

Certification Report Form



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County Recycling Hotline: 1 (800) 750-4096 -or- cccrecycle.org

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