Green Week 2011 is a collaboration between Advanced Environmental Studies class, Earth Matters (Upper School), Earth Matters Too (Middle School) and the Lower School. This inaugural program highlights Baldwin’s commitment to creating a safe and sustainable space for learning. Various activities highlighted this learning through the entire community.
Throughout the Lower School(LS), Middle School(MS) and Upper School(US) the community focused on these daily topics:
Save Energy Day. Empty classroom? No one is in the bathroom? Turn off the light until it’s needed. Approximately 2,703 kilowatt hours of electricity is used per capita in North America every year, or 7.4 kilowatt hours every day. For every kilowatt hour of electricity, about one pound of coal is being burnt. Furthermore, for every pound of coal burnt, 2.86 pounds of CO2 are released. To summarize: by cutting your energy use in half for a single day, you can save the weight of a cat in CO2! So turn off the lights, unplug your charges, and shut off computer monitors when they are not in use.
All School: Part of Family Gathering will focus on How to Recycle, in preparation for Tuesday’s theme.
US: Out of uniform for Spirit Points. Theme: Go Green!
MS: Green logo bumper sticker and magnet sale
Recycling Day. Try to put your disposables in the correct bin. Plastic products kill up to one million sea creatures every year... be sure to place proper items in recycling bins, not the trash cans! An average family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 104 gallons of milk, 29 gallons of juice and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. It takes up to 250 years for a single plastic cup to decompose. Find that recycling bin!
Fun recycling facts in Dining Hall on tables, created by MS Earth Matters Too Club. For all school.
MS Environmental theme bake sale
MS Out of uniform. Theme: Go Green!
Wednesday is Save Paper Day. Try writing on both sides of your homework papers or ask your teacher if you can print your essays as “double-sided.” Print less if you can. Recycling one ton (about 2,000 pounds) of paper saves 17 trees, two barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for six months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of pollution.
US Service Day: Environmental awareness and service. Students will work at the following sites from 9-1 p.m..
A nonprofit community organization, is dedicated to restoring and managing the native ecosystem of High School Park for the enjoyment of the community in cooperation with Cheltenham Township.
Connects neighboring Cheltenham Township to the north with the Juniata Golf Course and Frankford Creek to the south - 302-acre Park (part of the Fairmount Park system).
An educational urban farm dedicated to improving local access to fresh produce, building a healthy community and environment, and promoting a just and sustainable food system. The Mill Creek Farm implements its mission through farm-based learning programs, by cultivating and distributing fresh produce, and by demonstrating ecological technologies and creative resource use to provide for basic needs.
Save Oil Day. Instead of using plastic products (disposable water bottles, utensils, packaging) choose something reusable. The amount of petroleum products ending up in the ocean is estimated at 0.25% of world oil production: about 6 million tons per year. Oil spills account for only about five percent of the oil entering the oceans. The Coast Guard estimates that United States sewage treatment plants discharge twice as much oil each year as tanker spills.
The LS is coordinating activities within the grades and will be participating in the following:
Grades I, II, and III are taking the “Green Thumb Challenge” by planting windowsill gardens.
Grade III is starting seeds inside, to eventually become a “Three Sisters” garden outside.
Grade IV is collecting their classroom paper trash for one week to see how much paper they are using.
Grade IV will do a lesson in science, entitled, “How Long Does It Last?” to visually represent how long it takes items to decompose in a landfill.