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Carmel Clay Schools Recycle!

Several years ago, Carmel Clay School administrators began working to have co-mingled recycling at all their locations.  They began with a pilot program at Carmel Elementary and upon seeing its success, they started it all the other schools.  The last school to adopt this policy was Carmel High School.  Due to its immense size, there were many logistical problems to figure out.  Happily, those have been worked out and the high school is now recycling the trash from all classrooms in the building.  The contamination level is minimal, which is why this can be done. However, at home, please continue to separate your recycling items from the trash.  If there is too much contamination, prices for recycling may increase and not as much will be recyclrecyclingearth_logoed.

The CCS Green Team would like to thank the administration and custodians for making this happen!  So much more is being recycled as a result of this monumental effort!

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Woodbrook Students Help Each Other Get Ready for Halloween

Woodbrook Elementary’s Green Club is leading an all-school Halloween costume drive!  Rather than purchasing new costumes, the club is collecting used costumes for students to swap.  What a great way to save money, use less and have fun!Woodbrook 1

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Mohawk’s Green Club Gets Creative!

Mohawk Elementary’s Green Club recently made some useful games and bookmarks out of material that might have been thrown out.  Tic-Tac-Toe boards were created out of plastic bottle caps and magazine photos.  They made book marks out of pages of books that were in bad shape.  How fun to have a book mark made out of a favorite book!

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College Wood Elementary’s “Made By Milk” Project

College Wood Elementary Cafeteria/Green Team is excited to announce our school will participate in the “Made CW milkBy Milk” recycling milk carton design contest!


From September 19th through October 11th students will start collecting empty milk cartons in the cafeteria for use in building an artistic “milk carton creation.” Within these dates we are looking for parent volunteers during lunch periods Tuesdays/Wednesdays to help ensure that the milk cartons are placed into the correct recycle bin. If you are interested in volunteering and have a current background check, please click the Sign Up Genius Link below:

What will CWE create?  Students have decided to create a Pegasus!

Pegasus-milk cartonHere is one of the wings for their creation.

We are currently accepting applications for the Student Creation Recycling Club.  This group will be a team of students dedicated to the actual building of the art creation. Those in the club will meet after school on Fridays from 2:40-3:45 starting Friday September 29th – November 17th.Students in grades 3-5 are eligible to apply for this club and may pick up applications in the cafeteria and/or parents may download from the CWE PTO website.  Please note that parent signatures on the application are required.
If you are interested in joining the CWE Green Team committee please contact, College Wood Parent Green Team Representative.  The students will be doing projects all year and would love some extra hands to help!
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Exciting Project for CHS students!

Carmel High School students are embarking on a very exciting and ambitious project.  Students from the Thirst Project Club and DECA, the student business group, have teamed up to raise money to fund a well in Swaziland by 2022.  They have designed a logo to go on water bottles, which are for sale for only $12.

Interested in supporting their cause?  Water bottles are available for purchase.  Contact Kara House, CHS teacher, at for more information.

Below is the logo and water bottle type which will be sold.

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Cherry Tree Makes It Easy to Recycle

Student of Cherry  Tree’s Green Club painted a trash can so that there is no doubt where items should go to be recycled in the cafeteria.  Students and adult supervisors reIMG_1980cycle plastic containers, water bottles, empty milk cartons and more during lunch.  Thank you Green Club students for making it easy to find the recycle container!

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This Halloween, embrace fall without comprising the environment and say “Yes to Less”green-pumpkin-25467806with a few simple steps:


*Have a neighborhood costume swap!  Instead of buying brand new costumes for your kids, invite friends to bring their used Halloween costumes over and let kids (and adults) swap or mix and match to add your own creative twist.  Who knows, maybe Spiderman is the favorite superhero of someone else right down the street!


*Look for candy with minimal packaging or skip the candy all together and consider giving out fun trinkets like matchbox cars, barrettes, or coins.  Kids will love their new treasures and their parents will appreciate the creative alternative.


*Light your Jack-O-Lanterns with beeswax candles instead of soy or paraffin ones.  Paraffin is a by-product of petroleum refining and release toxins in the air that are harmful to you and the environment.  Beeswax candles release negatively charged ions that counteract the positive charge of dust, neutralizing and literally cleaning the air you breathe!


*Trick-or-Treat with reusable bags or pillowcases to prevent thousands of plastic bags from going in the landfill.  A simple white pillowcase can become magical with the right craft supplies.  Try adding (nontoxic) glow in the dark paint for a spooky touch!


Victoria Baron

CCS Green Team Intern

Ohio State University


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Meet Our Intern!

Victoria Baron is a former Carmel High School student now in her junior year at Ohio photo11State University.  She is majoring in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability. Victoria will be writing sustainabilty articles for the CCS Green Team this year full of tips on how we all can reduce our carbon footprint and lessen the strain on our shared planet. Check back often to see Victoria’s articles!

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Woodbrook’s Green Team Saying Yes to Less!

Students in Woodbrook’s Green Team created this display to help get the focus on saying yes to less!  They suggest saying yes to less paper waste by recycling and saying yes to less energy by turning off the lights. Adding the visuals will help others make the connection on how they can say yes to less as well.

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Back to School Sustainability

stock-photo-9684331-notebooks-and-other-school-supplies (1)Going back to school is an exciting time for a fresh start and fresh school essentials. It is
also a time that the environment takes a hit with stores almost as packed as the Holiday Season.  According to Waste Online, each student produces an average of 240 pounds of waste each year!  Get an Earth-friendly jump start on this school year with a few simple tips!


*Take inventory:  Write down what you already have at home before going to the store for supplies.  Do you really need six new binders or will some of last years do? Avoiding duplicates reduces the amount of plastic that is wasted as well as saves your family money!


*Look for less packaging and recycled supplies: Many companies are hopping aboard the “green” train and using responsibly sourced or reduced packaging.  The Ultimate Green Store is an online shopping website that sells environmentally conscious products and saves you a trip to the store!


*Rethink the brown bag:  Investing in a washable, reusable lunch box keeps hundreds of paper bags out of landfills. Opt for one that is vinyl free to avoid harmful levels of lead in your child’s lunch.


Victoria Baron

CCS Green Team Intern

Ohio State University 2017

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