Mary Hayes from the White River Alliance attended the January meeting of the CCS Green Team to present information about the Clean Water Superhero Program. This program is geared toward elementary students, however, it can be tailored for other ages. The goal is to get information out about how to prevent pollution from getting in our waterways. John Thomas from Carmel’s Department of Storm Water Management joined in to show a hands on activity for kids so they can see what types of things pollute our water. They have a great packet for students that includes an activity page, coneflower seeds (the flowers help prevent water runoff) and a bag for picking up after your pet!
If interested in having this presentation for your group, please contact Mary Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org
The CCS Green Team is proud to sponsor the annual holiday lights recycle drive in all CCS schools. This year the City of Carmel joined in with a drop off location at White’s Ace Hardware. Together we kept 1642 pounds of lights out of the landfills!
We are often asked what happens to the lights when they are picked up. Joe, from Technology Recyclers, said this about the recycling of the lights:
Holiday lights are 100% recyclable. They are comprised of copper wire 22 gauge, the wire is usually coated in a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, light bulbs are made of glass, and the end of the cord or plugs are comprised of ferrous metal. It is the process which counts.
The materials are then sold locally. Our 3 year total is 3618 pounds. Thanks for helping “lighten” the load on our landfills!
West Clay Family Fun Recycling
At West Clay Elementary’s Family Fun Night in November, families made sure their water bottles did not end up in landfills. Instead, they recycled them! They used the community Lend a Bin program to provide enough recycling bins for their event, and it worked! They kept 5 pounds of plastic from going in the trash. These plastic bottles will instead be recycled into all kinds of products including carpet, filling for sleeping bags, and more.
OPE International Festival recycling
This year, Orchard Park’s International Festival had a new feature: RECYCLING. Custodians helped out to make this November 11 event “green” for the very first time. Check out their custodian making a “G” for green! The Green Team used the community “Lend a Bin” program, and it was a great success. Families recycled paper, plastic and cans, keeping these items out of landfills. Way to go, Orchard Park!
During the month of October, the Carmel Middle School Green Club partnered with the Art Club to paint a rain barrel for the Indiana Water Environment Association’s annual meeting. All rain barrels painted by students will be voted on during the conference and proceeds will be donated to The Gift of Water, an organization which helps provide clean drinking water to people in third world countries. The students had a great time collaborating!
When students at CE choose not to eat an item from their lunch, that food does not go to waste. If the food is unopened, students can put unwanted items in a special bin near the trash cans to be saved. It is then donated to the Hamilton County Food Rescue Program who collects at the school every other week. Cafeteria Manager LeAnn Schelling keeps everything refrigerated until it gets picked up, disposing of items that go past their freshness date.
CE food rescue
Students at College Wood Elementary learned a new habit the first three weeks of school: recycling in the cafeteria. Susan McCord, cafeteria manager, provided recycling containers (re-purposed flour and sugar bins) next to the trash cans, and with the help of custodian Morris Eubank and cafeteria staff member John Groom, students learned which items to recycle and which to throw in the trash. The recycling even gets weighed every day, and on average, CWE is recycling 10 pounds of material per day. That’s 50 pounds per week, and by the end of this school year, these students will kep 1,800 lbs of trash out of landfills.
College Wood Cafeteria Recycling
Students in the CHS Environmental Action Club have planned a study of the current recycling situation at their school. They will begin this month by interviewing custodians, teachers, cafeteria managers, staff in the athletic and performing arts departments, and students to find out the who, what, where and when of recycling now at CHS. Early next semester, the students will compile the data, and then under the guidance of Principal Williams and the CCS Green team, create realistic recycling goals and a procedure to achieve them. The goal is to create a plan that will increase recycling substantially and remain in place and in practice for years to come.
ORCHARD PARK ELEMENTARY’S USED SHOE DRIVE
Did you know an estimated 400-600 million pairs of shoes go into America’s landfills and yet many of those shoes can still be worn or repurposed? In honor of National Recycling week November 10-16, please consider donating old shoes to the OPE Green Club Shoe drive. The shoes we keep from going into the landfills will help others in under developed countries start micro businesses that will create sustainable income for their families. Drop off shoes (any condition) in the school lobby. The “Share Your Soles” drive will continue until the end of the year. Contact Lisa Wilson at email@example.com if you have any questions. She is even willing to pick the shoes up.
CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL’S TOY DRIVE
The Carmel Middle School Green Club is sponsoring this annual toy drive to benefit the Julian Center. The Julian Center works with victims of domestic abuse. Parents will be able to “shop” for toys for their children for the upcoming holidays. Extra toys will go to Thrifty Threads, a second hand store whose proceeds go to the Julian Center. This toy drive is this week, November 10-14. Items may be dropped off in the school office. Contact Marcia Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Cruzancajcruzan@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.