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Carmel Elementary Celebrates ARD With Recycling Drive

Carmel Elementary School Green Machine Team 2010 Recycling Day Events

Carmel Elementary’s Green Machine Team reviewed the many items that could be brought to the viagra online order Carmel Elementary Recycling Drive on the school’s live announcements.

Carmel Elementary hosted their Recycling Day on November 13, 2010.

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Not only did Carmel Elementary receive many items for recycling, the students were able to enjoy many games and activities, including a fun scavenger hunt.

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Carmel Clay Schools Win Chamber’s 2010 Green Award

10Awards_Luncheon_December_041Congratulations to Carmel Clay Schools for being awarded the Chamber of Commerce’s highest honor in this year’s recognition of those who are “leading the way to a more sustainable future.” The Chamber is honoring our school district for its projects and practices that are “environmentally responsible and that positively benefit Carmel.” The CCS Green Team nominated the district for this award in October, highlighting the Energy Conservation Program, sustainable products and practices used by the facilities and transportation department, and the partnership between the administration and parent /student green teams throughout the district.

District representatives received the award at the Chamber luncheon on December 8th, 2010.

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Green Club at Cherry Tree Elementary

Cherry Tree Elementary: Ann Johnston and Marcia Roberts

DSCN1314Students in Cherry Tree Elementary’s green club have been active this year!  This fall, they won a grant to help other elementary schools use water coolers and reusable cups instead of plastic water bottles.

To educate their schoolmates, students created a water bottle sculpture out of 167 water bottles.   That is the average number of bottles a person uses per year!  They have also learned what we all can do to reduce the number of water bottles used.

The structure is 3′ wide, 18″ deep, and between 5-6′ tall.  It’s made out of pvc pipe so it’s lightweight and comes apart to move it.  You may borrow the structure to display at your school, or contact Marcia or Ann to find out how your student club can make their own.

The club this year has also simulated an oil spill, found out how waves affect the spill, and how difficult it is to clean feathers if they have been covered in oil.

They are currently sponsoring a catalog cancellation campaign.  Click here to read Marcia Roberts’s poem that details how to cancel your catalogs.  catalog_cancel_poem.docx Also, check out the following site to choose which catalogs you do and do not want to receive. www.catalogchoice.org

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Green Club at Cherry Tree Receive Grant Check for “Coolers are Cooler with Cups” campaign

Students in the Cherry Tree Elementary Green Club receive a grant to reduce water bottle usage.  The Teen Micro Grant Program led by Roots and Shoots presented the check to the Green team during their October assembly.

The grant will be used to purchase cups and coolers for Carmel Clay elementary schools.

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The Cherry Tree Green Team made up of 1st through 5th graders poses with their grant check for their “Coolers are Cooler with Cups” campaign.

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Green Club at Carmel Elementary

Carmel Elementary: Teresa Kane, Jane Gripper

At the first Green Machine meeting students joined in a clean-up game; demonstrated their outstanding knowledge of what materials are recyclable, trash, and compost; and made hand prints which makes up our Earth on the Green Bulletin Board located outside of the CE cafeteria.

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Green Tips for PTO Newsletter

Alternatives for Hazardous Household Products

All Purpose Cleaner: Most all purpose cleaners contain ammonia or chlorine.  A better choice is to mix 1 gallon hot water and 1/4 cup vinegar.  This solution is safe for all surfaces and can be rinsed away with water.  Scouring powders also contain chlorine and phosphorous; try Bon Ami, which contains neither.

Drain Cleaners: The active chemical in drain cleaners is lye, which is extremely caustic and considered hazardous.  Keep drains open and clean with a plunger or metal snake.  As a preventative, or if a drain becomes clogged, pour in 1/4 cup baking soda, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar.  After fizzing stops, flush well with boiling water.

Floors/Toilets: A mixture of 2-3 teaspoons each of borax and liquid dish soap in 2 quarts of hot water works well on tough jobs like floors and toilet bowls.  Most toilet cleaners contain chlorine and hydrochloric acid.

Oven Cleaner: Dampen the spill and sprinkle salt on it while the oven is still warm.  Scrape the spill away when cooled.  Greasy spots can be removed with a vinegar-soaked rag.  Really tough spots can removed by dampening the area with water and lightly scrubbing with baking soda and steel wool pads.

Source: “Simple Substitutes for Household Hazardous Products,” City of Carmel Water-Wastewater Utilities pamphlet

Submitted by MaryEllen St.Angelo Carmel Middle School parent
Comments or questions?  MaryEllen St.Angelo

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Short Green tips 

  1. Don’t waste a hot oven.  Since ovens take a lot more energy to heat up than to keep hot, try to cook several meals in one session.
  1. Cross-country skiing is a greener choice for winter fun than downhill skiing or snowboarding because it requires less equipment and machinery.
  1. Use a high-absorbency towel on wet hair before you blow dry.  By removing as much excess water as possible, your blow-drying time will be shorter.
  1. If every coffee-drinking American used a reusable mug instead of a throwaway cup, it would save close to 7 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions every day.
  1. Before cranking up the heat, put on a sweater and socks. Adding an extra layer of clothing, rather than increasing the heat, saves money and the environment.
  1. Always recycle food and beverage cans.  Recycling aluminum uses only 5% of the energy it takes to process aluminum from raw materials.
  1. Air transportation is now the fastest-growing source of carbon-dioxide emitted into the atmosphere.  Instead of flying to a vacation destination, why not explore your local area?
  1. Don’t throw expired medications down the toilet or in the trash, because they can harm the environment.  Check with your local municipal waste department for guidelines on proper disposal.

 

SOURCE: 101 Little Ways to Save our Planet, by Avalanche Publishing.

  1.  Wash clothes in cold water.  It reduces your washer’s energy use by 75% by eliminating water heating costs.
  2. To save money and energy, turn down the thermostat on your water heater to a temperature of 115/120 degrees.
  3. Repair leaky faucets.  A one drop per second leak on a hot water faucet wastes 160 gallons per month- or 16 hot baths!

SOURCE: www.vectren.com

 

Submitted by MaryEllen St.Angelo, Carmel Elementary, December 15, 2009

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Save trees, stop unwanted mail!

We all know the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  Reducing means eliminating waste before it is produced, which is even more beneficial to the environment that recycling.  One easy area to make an impact by reducing is by opting out of the catalogs, junk mail, and credit card offers that fill your mailbox every week.  There are several easy ways to stop that unwanted mail:

DirectMail.com – Perhaps the quickest and easiest way to reduce the amount of junk mail that you receive is to signup to cancel all junk mail sent by DirectMail at DirectMail.com. This will not reduce all of your catalogs that you receive in the mail however but more of the other junk mail that you receive for other products and services. This cancellation service at one time cost you money but its totally free now and only takes 60 seconds to fill out the form.

Catalog Choice – This site is where you should attempt to cancel all of your catalog subscriptions because they keep track of which ones that you have canceled all for you – and all for FREE! Simply search for the catalog and then select unsubscribe. Catalog Choice will take care of processing it for you on a lot of the subscriptions however on some of them, they will direct you to a form at the company where the catalog is coming from and you must fill out the additional information such as your name and address and ask to be canceled from their mailings, catalogs, and offers. Easy and free.

Call Customer Service – If you aren’t able to cancel via Catalog Choice or DirectMail doesn’t seem to be working, you could contact the customer service number on the catalog that you receive to cancel the catalog by phone. Simply inform them you want to cancel.

Credit Card Offers – Another reason to opt out of receiving credit card and loan offers is to protect your identity. Identity thieves love to steal these offers to signup for credit cards in your name. It’s easy to opt-out of these offers simply head over to OptOutPreScreen.com and fill out a form and you’re set.

MARCH 2010
Submitted by Alana Robertson Carmel Middle School parent 

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Fun Recycling Facts

Here are a number of fun and interesting recycling facts:

  • It takes 80-100 years for aluminum cans to decompose (break down) in a landfill.
  • Aluminum cans can be recycled into: soda cans, pie plates, license plates, thumbtacks, aluminum foil, and many other items.
  • Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to power a TV for up to three hours.
  • In the year 2000, 13,500 aluminum cans were recycled every minute in California.
  • Glass takes over 1,000,000 (one million) years to decompose in a landfill.
  • Glass can be recycled into jars, jewelry, bottles, dishes, drinking glasses, coffee mugs and many other items.
  • It can take up to 700 years for plastic to decompose (break down) in a landfill.
  • PET plastic can be recycled into: clothing, fiberfill for sleeping bags, toys, stuffed animals, rulers and more.

Source: RecyclingFacts.org

8/24/09
Submitted by Margot Gibson, Carmel Middle School parent

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Top 10 Reasons to Recycle by NRC

Newsletter Heading:  Top 10 Reasons to Recycle

  1. Good For Our Economy
    American companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products.
  2. Creates Jobs
    Recycling in the U.S. is a $236 billion a year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ 1.1 million workers nationwide.
  3. Reduces Waste
    The average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into to landfills, where it’s compacted and buried.
  4. Good For The Environment
    Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.
  5. Saves Energy
    Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials. (Manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95% less energy.)
  6. Preserves Landfill Space
    No one wants to live next door to a landfill. Recycling preserves existing landfill space.
  7. Reduces Carbon Emissions
    In 2000, recycling of solid waste prevented the release of 32.9 million metric tons of carbon equivalent (MMTCE, the unit of measure for greenhouse gases) into the air.
  8. Reduces Water Pollution
    Making goods from recycled materials generates far less water pollution than manufacturing from virgin materials.
  9. Protects Wildlife
    Using recycled materials reduces the need to damage forests, wetlands, rivers and other places essential to wildlife.
  10. Creates New Demand
    Recycling and buying recycled products creates demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy.

Source: National Recycling Coalition

 

8/24/09
Submitted by Margot Gibson, Carmel Middle School parent

 

 

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Disposable Plastic Water Bottles

Newsletter Heading:  Are Disposable Plastic Water Bottles a Convenience We Can Afford?

Bottled water gets scrutinized more than all other beverages and products packaged in plastic.  However, you can’t get juice or shampoo to pour out of your tap. This is why we need to reconsider our use of disposable plastic bottles.

– Bottled water costs about 1,000-10,000 times more than tap water

– 40% of bottled water is tap water

– Bottled water is not cleaner or healthier than tap water, and its quality is regulated less

– 86% of plastic water bottles used in the U.S. are not recycled and end up in landfills

– The total estimated energy needed to make, transport, and dispose of one bottle of water is equivalent to filling the same bottle one-quarter full of oil

Do the Math:

In 2006, Americans consumed 31 billion liters of bottled water, or 62 billion half-liter bottles.  Assuming each bottle is about 20 cm high, then five water bottles would measure a meter, and 62 billion bottles would measure 12.4 billion meters or 12.4 million km.  The moon is about 384,399 km away from Earth on average.  Laid end-to-end, the water bottles used by Americans in 2006 would stretch to the moon and backover 16 times.

Source: EPA, Container Recycling Institute, American Museum of Natural History

 

8/24/09
Submitted by Margot Gibson, Carmel Middle School parent

 

 

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Free Home Energy Audits

Go Green at Home & Save

Did you know your electric company, Duke Energy, provides free home energy audits?  A qualified energy consultant will visit your home and help you identify key areas in your home that are big energy hogs!   This information can be very useful in planning your smart energy plan that will save your family money.  Duke also provides a free Energy Kit during this visit.   To schedule an audit, call “Home Energy House Call” at (877) 388-7676.

If you’re an IPL customer, don’t fret. While they don’t offer a home energy audit, you can ask to receive a free Energy Kit.  The kit includes a CFL light, low flow showerhead and aerator, and some weatherizing supplies.  To contact IPL, call (317) 261-8222.

Source: Duke Energy & IPL

August 2009
Submitted by Leslie Webb, Carmel High School parent

 

 

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CFLs

Newsletter Heading:  Have you switched yet?

The cost effectiveness of this simple green tip is amazing.  We spent about $120 to replace 50 of the most used lights in our home and are saving over $230 every year.   And as electricity rates go up, so do the savings. Of course, the other green benefit to saving energy is preventing over 4,600 lbs of global warming pollution annually!

You probably already know a CFL light uses 75% less energy than an incandescent light bulb.  Though CFLs cost more at the outset, you may not realize you get your money back in less than 5 months.  According to the McKinsey Report, CFLs have a negative cost because they have such a quick payback and savings begin within the year.

If you’re not ready to switch out 50 lights like we did, try replacing your most used light to get the biggest bang for your buck.  Outdoor dusk-to-dawn lights are on 4250 hours a year and the savings quickly add up!   Invest in an outdoor CFL for about $4 and you will save $20 a year by simply switching the yard light from a 60W incandescent to an equivalent CFL which uses only 13W.  And keep the ladder in the garage.  CFLs last longer than incandescent bulbs, so they don’t have to be replaced as often.  If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with a CFL, it would prevent enough pollution equal to removing one million cars from the road.

Source:

http://www.earthday.net/node/147

http://www.realtechnews.com/posts/3433#ixzz0Nu89Wfle

 

August 2009
Submitted by Leslie Webb, Carmel High School parent
Proof-read by Michelle Whited, Orchard Park parent

 

 

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Rethink Idling

When a car sits idle with its engine running, it pollutes the air. Children are among those most affected by such pollution. In fact, because children breathe faster than adults and inhale more air per pound of body weight, they are particularly affected by the poor air quality that often exists near schools when cars line up to drop off and pick up children. Children end up breathing the exhaust from idling vehicles often for extended periods of time. Air pollution can also trigger an asthma attack, an increasingly common ailment afflicting children that reduces quality of life and results in missed school. But clean air benefits more than just children with asthma. Stopping unnecessary vehicle idling is an easy way to contribute to improved air quality and respiratory health throughout our community.Not only does reducing vehicle idling make good health-sense, it can also save dollars and cents, at $3/gallon, idling just 10 minutes per day costs up to $180.00 per year. So, remember the costs as well as the health impacts the next time you contemplate letting your car run for several minutes to warm, at the school car pool, or using the drive-thru at your bank or fast-food restaurant.

Source:  http://www.ikecoalition.org
AUGUST, 2009
Submitted by   Stephanie Johnson, Mohawk parent

 

 

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What to do with all those leaves?

It depends on how many you have on the ground.  But whatever you do, don’t throw them away- they contain riches for your yard!

“A light layer of leaves can simply be mowed over, thus returning the tidbits to the yard’s soil as organic matter.”  It is free fertilizer for grass and trees.

But what can you do with the thick layers and piles of them?  Rake piled leaves onto a large tarp and drag to a leaf pen made from plastic garden fencing or plastic hardware cloth secured to a few upright stakes. After each newly-added load, stomp them down and add some water.  Leave one side of the pen open until the end of the leaf season so you can rake or blow them right into the pen without lifting heavy loads of them.  When you run out of leaves, seal off the pen and let Nature run its course.  Autumn rains, winter snow and spring rains will give your leaf piles the additional water they need.

The next fall, you will find that these leaves have turned into rich organic matter.* The outer layer may look like dry leaves, but fear not.  Inside is what many call “gold” for your garden.  Work it into your soil and use it like mulch- it will help retain moisture.  Also, substitute it for peat moss in any garden project. And finally, enrich the soil in any part of your yard- flower beds and vegetable gardens alike will benefit!

[*If you want to speed up the process so that you can use the organic matter in May, start the following in March: chop (with a hoe) or turn your leaf pile, and water it occasionally. The increase in air and moisture will speed up the decomposition process.]

Sources:  The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, by Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin

 

Submitted by MaryEllen St.Angelo, Carmel Elementary, July 7, 2009

 

 

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How to Save Water This Summer

Newsletter Heading:  Is Your Lawn Eco-Friendly?

Did you know that the average Carmel household uses 22,000 gallons of water a month in the summer? Where does all this water go?  A lot of it goes to water your lawn.  It takes a considerable amount of energy and resources to deliver this water. So your lawn may not be as “green” as it looks.  In 2007, the City of Carmel used roughly three billion gallons of water.  The energy used to pump and treat this water produced over 26 million lbs of CO2, a greenhouse gas.

How can you have an eco-friendly lawn?  Your lawn only needs about 1” of water a week.  Buy a rain gauge, or simply use an empty tuna can, to track how much rain or irrigation your yard receives.  Adjust your lawnmower to a height of three inches or more.  Taller grass encourages deeper roots and shades the soil to reduce moisture loss.  Aerate your lawn so water will reach the roots rather than run off the surface.  Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.  While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Watering only when your grass really needs it encourages the roots to grow deeper, but only if you apply enough water to penetrate the root zone. Water your lawn in the morning between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. when the air is still cool and the wind is calm. Overwatering your lawn isn’t just bad for your pocketbook and the planet, it’s also bad for your lawn’s health and can contribute to the development of fungus and disease.  And by all means, avoid watering the street and sidewalk!

Sources:

City of Carmel Utilities, 571-2673
http://www.wikihow.com/Water-Your-Lawn-Efficiently

http://www.epa.gov/watersense/water/benefits.htm

JUNE 2009
Submitted by Leslie Webb, CHS parent
Proof-read by Michelle Whited, Orchard Park parent

 

 

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Waste Free Lunches

Did you know that a child taking a disposable lunch to school creates an average of 67 pounds of lunch waste annually?    Are you interested in ways to make your child’s lunch waste-free?

  1. Start with a reusable lunchbox, backpack, or brief case.  Avoid disposable plastic and paper bags.
  2. Pack your food in reusable containers.  Avoid plastic bags, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and prepackaged foods whenever possible.
  3. Include a drink in a refillable bottle.  Avoid single-use juice boxes, drink bottles, cans, and pouches whenever you can.
  4. Use reusable utensils instead of disposable utensils.
  5. Use a cloth napkin instead of paper napkins.

 

Source:  www.wastefreelunches.org

May 2009
Submitted by Kunda Magenau, Clay Middle parent
poof-read by Wendy DeLuca, CHS parent

 

 

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Paper or Plastic?

Why it’s better to bring your own bag 

How about neither?  When you consider the energy, oil, trees, water and chemicals used to manufacture or recycle paper and plastic bags, and the pollution created. it’s better to BYOB.  14 plastic bags contain enough petroleum to drive a car one mile. Over 500 billion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.   Only 1% is recycled because it is 125 times more costly to recycle than it is to make a new one.

Paper is not a better alternative.  Manufacturing a paper bag takes more than four times the energy of manufacturing a plastic bag.   In 1999, 14 million trees were cut to produce the 10 billion paper grocery bags used by Americans that year alone.   Paper sacks generate 70% more air pollutants and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags.

Sometimes, it’s the small things that can really make a difference.   Bring your own reusable bag and save almost 288 bags a year!  That’s 22,176 bags in an average lifetime.

Sources:

http://www.reusablebags.com/facts.php?id=7
http://www.reason.org/news/show/1003006.html

Slideshow : The Dangers of Plastic Bags Slideshow

Video: http://www.earthday.net/plasticbags

APRIL 2009
Submitted by Leslie Webb, CHS parent
Proof-read by Mary Roth, Orchard Park parent

 

 

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Where can I recycle ?

*Remove lids from plastic bottles before recycling! 

Abitibi paper recycling bins at Carmel Clay schools: Schools earn money from the paper collected & the paper is recycled into newsprint. (www.paperretriever.com)

ACCEPTED:  newspapers, junk mail, catalogs, magazines, office paper, fax paper, school paper, notebooks, folders, small quantities of “strip” shredded paper put into plastic bags;   Staples are OK, as are envelopes with clear plastic windows.

NOT ACCEPTED: cardboard, phone books, glass, metal, plastic, trash, cross-cut and diamond-cut shredded paper (they accept ‘spaghetti’ but not ‘confetti’)

Corrugated cardboard, paperboard (cereal/pop cartons…*no egg cartons), phone books, newspapers, white office paper & aluminum cans:  behind Prime Life Enrichment Center, 1078 SW 3rd Ave., next to Carmel Ice Skadium

#5 plastics & Brita® pitcher filters:  Whole Foods Market, (Clay Terrace, Nora)

Plastic bags (#2 & #4):  WalMart, Kroger, Lowe’s, Meijer

Packing peanuts, bubble wrap & Styrofoam may be accepted at some local mail/shipping/UPS stores

Batteries: Batteries Plus -1701 E. 116th St,. accepts all batteries, including rechargeable batteries from dustbusters.  Lowe’s & Home Depot accept (nickel-cadmium) batteries from rechargeable portable power tools & hand held vacuums.  All batteries should be disposed of at a proper site.

Fluorescent light bulbs (tube & compact) must be recycled as they contain small amounts of mercury:  Lowe’s, Home Depot, Carmel Hazardous Waste Center

Electronic Devices: Hamilton County Household Hazardous Waste Center (see www.co.hamilton.in.us/departments.asp?id=2318 for many items accepted)

Carmel Household Hazardous Waste & Recycling Site: 901 N. Rangeline Road: aluminum cans, metal cans & jar lids, #1 & #2 plastics, cardboard & paperboard, glass jars & bottles, newspapers, magazines, phone books, office & school papers, catalogs.  For hazardous items accepted, see www.Carmel.in.gov/services/HHWD.html

Residential Curbside Recycling usually accept #1 & #2 plastics, newspapers, aluminum & metal cans, glass jars and bottles (call for specifics)

SUBMITTED MARCH 2009 BY:
Wendy DeLuca, Parent at Clay Middle School, Carmel High School

 

 

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Schools Offering Sustainable Alternative to Bottled Water

Cherry Tree Elementary has reduced its plastic water bottle use by two-thirds with a method introduced by its cafeteria manager Mary Sipes last spring.  Students who want to drink water with their lunch no longer have to buy a bottle of it for 60 cents; they can drink it for free!  And they do so out of re-usable plastic cups that go through the cafeteria’s dishwasher.  Students fill their cups at a five-gallon water cooler on a cart in the lunchroom.  Kudos to Mary for reducing waste and thinking outside of the box!  For details of her creative solution, click here to download the PDF file.

Students in Cherry Tree’s green club wanted to share this sustainable solution with other schools. This fall, they applied for a grant from the Carmel Green Teen Microgrant Program.  The $610.64 check they received will pay for cups and coolers for Smoky Row Elementary and Carmel Elementary and is enough for even more schools to get on board.  Thanks, Cherry Tree, for helping Carmel schools go green!!!

Reusable Plastic Cups and Water Coolers at Cherry Tree

  • Approximately 40 cups and a 5 gallon water cooler are placed on a rolling cart at the beginning of lunch.
  • After the students are seated they may signal that they would like a glass of water by holding up their three middle fingers, so it looks like a W (for water)
  • The students are asked to drink all the water they take, so many just fill their glass halfway.
  • Students keep their cup on their tray when they leave so it can be run through the dishwasher and returned to the cart for the next group.
  • The cooler needs to be refilled only one other time during the lunch period.

Benefits of this program:

  • Students who want to drink water with lunch can do so without an additional expense for their family. (Currently it costs 60 cents for a small bottle of water) Unless parents check their lunch account, they might not know their child is purchasing this extra item.
  • Younger students don’t need help getting the top off their water if it’s in a cup.
  • The number of water bottles used is greatly reduced. Since the beginning of this school year, Cherry Tree has reduced the number of bottles they use by more than 2/3! They had been selling 3-4 cases per day (24 bottles in each case) and now sell less than one case per day.
  • A reusable plastic cup can be used countless times with minimal extra energy involved. While a plastic water bottle is hopefully recycled, that still takes a lot of energy to make it into another bottle and transport it to and from factories, stores and schools.
  • This program helps convey to students that anyone, no matter how small, can be responsible and help our world be a little more environmentally friendly.

Contacts
Both Lori Storer and Mary Sipes, Cherry Tree’s cafeteria manager, are very willing to answer any questions about how this has worked and what it involves. Please feel free to contact me as well if you have any questions. Thank you so much for considering this project.
Marcia Roberts, Cherry Tree parent and Green Club Co-Coordinator

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America Recycles Day Videos

America Recycles Day Videos to be offered to schools for optional viewing during announcements, lunch, or other student free time. We will make the following available on DVD. Contact Margot Gibson at for a free DVD.

Recycling Video Links

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle song and video
3 Rs Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Song – 2:55

Republic Trash Services DVD on commingled curbside recycling – about 6 min

Abitibi Paper Recycling DVD – about 8 minutes

Various Sesame Street Videos regarding recycling for very young students


Sesame Street – Mayonnaise jars 1:23


Sesame Street – Box City Recycling Rap 1:12


Sesame Street – Once Is Not Enough 2:04


Classic Sesame Street film – Old paper, new paper 1:54


Classic Sesame Street film – Old bottles, new bottles 1:17

News feature on Plastic Garbage Patch in Pacific Ocean (middle and high school)
ABC news great pacific garbage patch 5:26

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America Recycles Day Announcements

America Recycles Day Announcements

The following are Carmel High School announcements to be read during SRT live announcements pertaining to recycling for your consideration:

Each announcement will be preceded by the sentence: November 15 is America Recycles Day, so this week we will offer some facts and tips regarding recycling

  1. Did you know that the average Hoosier throws away 4.5 pounds of garbage a day? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 75% of that “garbage” is actually materials that could be recycled. For example, plastic “bottles” from soda and milk can be transformed into not only new containers, but also fleece clothing, stuffed animals, carpet, plastic lumber, car parts and shopping carts. If your plastic bottle has a 1 or a 2 inside a triangle on the bottom, remove the cap, rinse and recycle it. (Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management/IDEM)
  2. Did you just get your first car or are you dreaming of it? Remember that many aspects of car maintenance involve important recycling. For example, the typical car battery contains up to 60-80% recycled lead and plastic components. And, car tires can be recycled into rubber used for new roads, floor mats, trails and mulch. Even the oil your car’s engine needs can be recycled. In fact, the world’s largest waste oil processing plant is located in East Chicago, Indiana! The facility recycles 75 million gallons of oil and 20 million gallons of oily wastewater per year. Even your used oil filters and antifreeze can be recycled. (Source: IDEM)
  3. Do you enjoy soda and other canned drinks? Remember to recycle your aluminum cans…they may just be back on the store shelves within 6 weeks! This also saves 95% of the energy used to make aluminum cans from raw materials taken from the earth. Its a similar story for steel and tin cans, which we Americans use enough in one day to stretch from New York to Los Angeles and back again…in one day! Those cans are remade into everything from paper clips, to appliances, to steel framing for housing. But only if we put them in the recycling bin! (Source: IDEM)
  4. Here are some facts that may get you motivated to start, or continue to recycle school papers, newspaper and junk mail. The paper one person uses in a year would stack as high as a two story building…Hoosiers receive almost 35,000 tons of junk mail every year…and unfortunately most of it ends up in land fills…and if everyone in the U.S. would recycle just their Sunday newspaper, over 500,000 trees would be saved every week! Every school in Carmel, any many other locations have paper recycling bins…be sure to make frequent contributions! (Source: IDEM)

The following are elementary and middle school level announcements pertaining to recycling to be read during morning announcements:

Each announcement will be preceded by the sentence: November 15 is America Recycles Day, so this week we will offer some facts and tips regarding recycling.

  1. Did you know that the paper placed in the Abitibi Paper Retriever bins is converted into new paper in just two weeks? Remember not to include cardboard or phone books. Otherwise, keep up the good work on recycling your office and school papers, junk mail and newspapers…it all saves trees and energy. (Source: Abitibi)
  2. Did you know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75 percent of what Americans throw in the trash could actually be recycled? Help your family find an unused container to start collecting glass, plastic and metal for recycling. (Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management/IDEM)
  3. Did you know that most boxes are made from recycled paper and other boxes? Most boxes and many packing supplies can be recycled. Be sure to help your parents flatten boxes before recycling them. (Source: IDEM.)
  4. Did you know that aluminum cans might be back on the store shelf within 6 weeks of being recycled? Recycling aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy used to make the cans from raw materials. After using, rinse your cans and squish them flat before recycling. (Source: IDEM.)
  5. Did you know that soda and water bottles can be recycled into new containers, fleece clothing, stuffed animals and carpet? The most commonly recycled plastic bottles are labeled on the bottom with a “1” or a “2” inside a triangle. Look for the recycle symbol and these numbers on your bottles then remove the cap, rinse and recycle. (Source: IDEM.)
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America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is November 15th, and the Green Schools Committee is encouraging all schools to find a way to celebrate.  Thanks to Margot Gibson, Carmel Clay Schools will have access to materials to publicize recycling events, as well as educational materials provided by the National Recycling Coalition.

The following approved packet contains lessons schools can use to help students learn how to reduce, re-use, and recycle.

ARD Coverletter 2010

2010 ARD Packet

America Recycles Day Announcements

Recycling Video Links

Our schools are celebrating America Recycles Day in a variety of ways, all of which are aimed toward Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling.

Click here for a list of schools and their activities. ARD Activities in Schools 2010.doc

www.pbskids.org/loopscoops/garbage.html

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