Earth Week, April 23-27 2012
All week long students and faculty participated in a variety of activities. Students collected stamps in their Earth passports for participating in Earth friendly activities like walking to school or packing a trash-free lunch. Completed passports were entered into a raffle for a chance to win great Earth prizes! Students and faculty were also encouraged to use alternate methods of transportation like walking, biking, carpooling or taking the bus. Volunteers on some bus routes helped students make it to campus.
On Monday, April 23 the Earth Flag went up and flew all week.
Tuesday, April 24 was Trash-Free Tuesday. We turned classroom trash-cans upside down to create as little trash as possible.
Wednesday, April 25 was Green T-Shirt Day–students on every campus were encouraged to wear a green shirt to show their support for the planet. Additionally, there was a trash audit using Tuesday's (reduced) trash output to see what was left and strategize lasting improvements.
On Thursday, April 27 a series of assemblies were held. At Stuart Hall for Boys' morning assembly, students heard about an exciting school energy announcement. While middle form students at both schools experienced a live video conference with climate researchers along with a film viewing and presentation by Alliance for Climate Education.
Less Trash Means the School Can Eliminate a Dumpster, Save School Money
The Convent & Stuart Hall community’s efforts to reduce waste and consumption marked an important milestone during the fall semester—saving the school significant money and reducing its carbon footprint. By eliminating one of three dumpsters, according to Facilities Director Mike Armstrong, we will save $2,300 per month, which equates to $27,600 each year. "With increased education and awareness schoolwide, students and adults have done a better job putting recycling and composting into the appropriate bins, instead of trashing everything," he said during the Eco-Council meeting on January 11. The facilities team, working with the Eco-Council, has installed uniform three-bin receptacles for trash, recycling and composting, and students have made signs to help people sort their waste properly.
Kids Konserve Offers Discount to Our Families All Year Long
The reusable lunchware company will give you 20% off when you use the coupon code Schools2010 anytime this year. They sell reusable lunch and snack kits, stainless steel containers and bottles, sandwich wraps, cotton napkins and bags, insulated bags and ice packs, and stainless steel thermoses. Shop on their website: www.kidskonserve.com.
So far this year, in addition to flowers, the Stuart Hall garden has produced many vegetables and herbs, including carrots, onions, radishes, mint, thyme, rosemary, strawberries, lemons, apples and so much more. Some of these items have made their way to Chef Ian's kitchen to use in his lunch recipes. The fifth grade boys have taken on the responsibility of taking care of the garden as part of their science curriculum.
Three-Bin Receptacles Installed Everywhere
All over the two campuses, garbage and recycling cans have been replaced with uniform three-bin units, which now have directional signage help adults and students to properly sort their recycling, composting and garbage.
Greenhouse Seeds Turn Into Landscaping Treasures
The boys at Stuart Hall have put their greenhouse to good use this year. They grow plants from seeds, tend the plants and transfer them to many locations, including the front of the Stuart Hall building and the back deck garden. They also give them to the schools’ gardener, Victor, who plants them throughout the schools’ grounds. This gives the boys a chance to see their seeds grow from small plants to permanent greenery around the school. They study each step of the process and are empowered through this process.
Light and Paper Swaps Complete
The Facilities team has finished replacing old light bulbs throughout the four-school complex with new CFL bulbs, which use about a quarter of the energy that the outmoded incandescent bulbs use. We're being strategic in choosing which security lights need to be on at all times, and have placed many outside lights on timers, where appropriate. Additionally, all buildings are now using 100% recycled paper for printing and copying, and eliminating big jobs when possible (several traditionally large printing projects, such as the Family Roster and each school's Handbook, have gone online to save resources). You may recall that other paper products were replaced last spring; all bathrooms now use recycled toilet paper, paper towels, and toilet seat covers.