"Turning Green" is a fun and informative summer program that will introduce students to methods of sustainable living and teach ways to minimize their carbon footprint. The choices we make in our homes, our travel, the food we eat, and what we buy and throw away all influence our carbon footprint. Students will calculate their current level of greenhouse gas emissions and discover how they are affecting their environment locally and globally. They will learn how their daily habits can be tweaked, altered, or altogether changed to better the environment. In addition, they will learn the benefits of constructing a home garden, a compost box/tumbler, and a rainwater collection/irrigation system. Students will discuss the pros and cons of locally grown produce, the ethical treatment of livestock, the use of antibiotics and preservatives in foods, etc. Students will take field trips to the Jacksonville Arboretum, The Georgia Sea Turtle Center and to a local beach. At the Jacksonville Arboretum students will observe local flora and fauna and learn how a properly managed landfill can be converted into a wildlife refuge. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island focuses on the ecological impact that discarded plastics have on sea turtle breeding areas and feeding grounds. Students will also have the opportunity to log service hours by participating in a beach cleanup. Finally, in the last few days of the program, students will work in teams to construct a compost tumbler and a rainwater irrigation system. They will deliver these items to a Jacksonville school or neighborhood interested in starting a community garden project.