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Environmental Club Update, June 2014

On Wednesday, June 25th, CCES won the State Green Step Conserve Award in recognition for our extensive recycling program.  This is great testament to the diligent work of the club members and advisors across all three school divisions.

Environmental Club Update, Earth Week 2014

In honor of Earth Day, April 22, the Christ Church High School Environmental Club dedicated a week to promote environmental awareness.

Earth Week kicked off on Tuesday with a “Lights Out Day,” in which all of the teachers and students were encouraged to turn off the lights for the entire school day. The goal was to save electricity and to enjoy learning in natural light. In order to calculate the amount of energy saved, members of the environmental clubs in each division took energy meter readings on a typical school day to use as a baseline comparison and compared those results to the meter readings on Lights Out Day. According to an Environmental Club announcement the following week, “the number of kilowatts saved per day equals 1724kW based on this year’s data. This is slightly less than last year’s daily kilowatt savings of 2088, but this may mean that on average the school is more efficient in our energy usage on a more regular basis. In terms of money saved by turning out our lights, we saved the school $150 in just one day.”

On Wednesday, the Environmental Club held its annual “No Sale Bake Sale.” Members of the club brought in baked goods to hand out to the student body free of charge. This event took place outside the cafeteria and allowed students to enjoy some fresh air as well as some tasty treats.

 

On Thursday the school was a sea green because each student and teacher was allowed to wear the green Christ Church Earth Day t-shirt. Also in the afternoon, members of the Environmental Club went tree-tagging around the school campus. A tree tag looks like a giant nutrition tag, but instead of listing nutrition facts, it lists the benefits of the specific tree. The tag lists the stormwater runoff reduction, Carbon reduction, electrical energy savings, property value impact, as well as the total monetary value of the tree based on its benefits to the environment per year. The Environmental Club tagged four trees around the school campus, and will continue to tag trees until the end of the school year to raise awareness about the benefits of trees.

 

The Environmental Clubs wants to thank everyone who helped to make Earth Week a huge success!

Environmental Club Update, April 2014 

Last Tuesday, April 22nd, in honor of Earth Day, all divisions participated in what has come to be our annual lights out day. Members of the environmental clubs in each division took energy meter readings on a typical school day to use as a baseline comparison and compared those results to the meter readings on lights out day. Based on this year’s data, the number of kilowatts saved per day equals 1724kW. This is slightly less than last year’s daily kilowatt savings of 2088 but this may only mean that on average we are more efficient in our energy usage on a more regular basis. In terms of money saved by turning out our lights, we saved the school $150 in just one day. This is sure to add up fast if continue to be mindful of turning out lights when not in the room or when other activities are planned that don’t require as much lighting, even keeping our projectors and smartboards off when not in use. Thank you for your participation in this Earth Day event.

Environmental Club Update, December 2013

Caroline Andrews '14

The Environmental Club has had an exciting and memorable first semester. Under the leadership of Susannah Pazdan, Courtney Lee, and Courtney Foster, the club achieved multiple goals and continued their variety of programs that help the student body stay environmentally aware. The year started off to an amazing start with around 50 people signing up at the club fair, but various conflicts has kept weekly attendance at around 10 to 15 for each meeting. This smaller size makes for focused and productive biweekly meetings.

One of their largest projects this year has been their fundraising efforts with the sales of their Environmental-Grams. Each Environmental-Gram included some fun treats and an interesting fact about the environment or recycling. Many students took this opportunity to send some joy to a friend or faculty member. These were sold during the first week of November, and students appreciated the post-Halloween candy fix. The club raised about $100 from the sale, and these funds will be used in the Earth Week festivities in April. This will be the club’s biggest project for the upcoming semester, and Pazdan looks forward to this, “important week so that we can raise awareness for our environment.” The organization will continue to better the environment around CCES through the various gardens on campus, the recycling programs, and their anti-idle campaign, “B²”.

The final hoorah for Environmental Club’s first semester was the annual Christmas party. The members brought festive treats and they enjoyed spending the time to grow closer as a group. Pazdan reflects that it was “a good time for us so that when we come back to school we will be ready to do more things for our school’s campus environment.”