(PRWEB) October 19, 2010
The environmental sustainability coordinator calls it ?the awakening of green consciousness? the school administration calls it part of their five-year strategic strategy. The alterations put in location last year by Holy Trinity School to become an environmentally-friendly facility had been diverse, creative and rapid, earning the Anglican day school a Gold Certification from Ontario EcoSchools. Because the starting of the new school year, Holy Trinity has continued its undertaking and has replaced several of its toxic, disposable whiteboard markers with non-toxic, refillable, recyclable ones ? a step that will minimize classroom toxicity and save on roughly 500 pounds of toxic waste.
?Last year was an environmental revolution,? explained Jacqueline Butler, the environmental coordinator for Holy Trinity School ?and this year we are stepping it up a notch.? Their initial initiative once they got back to school was to get rid of disposable markers in several departments in favour of AusPen eco-friendly markers, a 100% recycled aluminum marker which is refillable with a non-toxic ink created of an organic vegetable dye. ?The smell of the normal markers was making a single of our teachers ill, so one more teacher identified AusPens,? stated Butler. Right after a year of piloting the eco-friendly item, ?The teachers raved. We polled the teachers to see who else would want to use these markers, and the response was overwhelming. Now our entire middle school and our senior science, music, contemporary languages and drama departments have switched,? says Butler.
Following her return to perform after maternity leave, Butler located herself a lot more keenly aware of the future. ?There is a massive chance to introduce environmental education and make a distinction when 700+ students are listening!? explained Butler. ?Our focus was on the ?small? issues, the day-to-day factors that we could alter.? An Eco-Team was formed, comprising 15 faculty members and a big number of students from kindergarten to grade 12. Their vision was to infuse an environmental awareness in the school culture, operations and curriculum.
The environmental activities at Holy Trinity School focus mainly on reducing waste, conserving power and greening the school grounds. Items that were wasteful (water bottles), couldn?t be recycled at school (tetra juice boxes), couldn?t be disposed of responsibly (plastic whiteboard markers), or had recyclable versions (toners and cartridges) were banned or replaced with greener alternatives. Single use items, such as paper coffee cups and milk cartons, were replaced with permanent items like mugs and a milk machine. They got rid of the gloss on their school magazine to make it recyclable, and they earned a carbon-neutral designation for the magazine. Plastic bags were limited to certain areas, lowering their disposal of plastic bags by about 20 per day. A new series of ?House Gardens? was constructed to provide food and ornamentals, and give the school the chance to donate food to local groups.
As for power conservation, Holy Trinity replaced its gym lighting with power efficient bulbs and is installing new energy effective lighting with sensors all through the rest of the creating in phases this year. A stuffed pig, the Energy Hog, is presented to a class that has forgotten to turn off its lights or monitors, and the class has to be on the lookout for who to pass their unwelcomed award onto. Guest speakers such as Franke James, award-winning author of the book, ?Bothered by my Green Conscience?, motivate the students and lead them by way of practical workshops, and an award program recognizes students for their outstanding stewardship.
When asked what suggestions they may well give to other schools looking to go green, Butler says that the crucial is to continue to make progress. ?The awakening of green conscience is a journey,? says Butler, ?If we looked at other schools who are ahead of us, it would be overwhelming. It doesn?t matter where we are compared to others. If we just maintain advancing, we will meet our purpose.?
For far more info on Holy Trinity School, go to: http://www.hts.on.ca/