Going Green

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Aside from academics, I believe our district can be #1 in many areas including being eco- friendly. Going green doesn't mean having to divert our attention away from academics, school culture, and teacher supports. It means modifying the decisions we're already making, and it can be as simple as switching the products we use.

Rather than paying expensive consultants to come in and tell us what we should be doing to reduce our carbon footprint, here are a few suggestions I've seen work in other districts:

  • Replacing plastic garbage bags with biodegradable bags.

  • Purchasing school lunches that use compostable packaging as opposed to plastic packaging. Thus, reducing the amount of waste that's produced from school lunches.

  • Replacing all plastic utensils at schools and district sponsored events with compostable ones.

  • Putting up solar panels at all of our school sites. With the amount of solar panels the district currently uses, we're estimated to be saving between $500-700,000 annually. This savings could increase dramatically if we expanded our current solar program to all of our sites.

  • Composting leftover food at our school sites to be used for fertilizer in community gardens.

  • Giving all classrooms and school sites control over their heating and cooling systems so we're not wasting cool and warm air.

  • Promoting reusable bottles instead of plastic water bottles.

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