Sunday, August 30, 2009

Care to change the World: Start with the Gunn Community!

Gunn Green Team

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is going to get better. It's not.
— Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax

Exciting new positions are now open in the Gunn Green Team including chair and co chair for the sophomores and freshman classes. Gunn Green Team’s Agenda for the year include the following:
  • Data is now available on the Gunn’s usage of power, water and gas for the last couple of years. Here is an opportunity to find ways of reducing this usage and making Gunn more energy efficient
  • Junior members are interested in surveying students on the means of transportation used to come to Gunn, and plan to use The Oracle to promote alternate ways of commuting to reduce their carbon footprint
  • Acterra would like to help Gunn have an ecologically friendly landscape that reduces the use of water, fertilizer and pesticides
  • Some Green Team members plan to investigate the implementation of composting at Gunn
  • The Gunn Green Team will continue its on going projects of educating the students on sustainable living by a) avoiding plastics, b) use of sturdy water bottles, c) posters and videos to convince teens that it is cool to go green and, d) increase usage of biodegradable flatware and utensils at all Gunn functions.
Help us build a sustainable green culture. Gunn contributes to the community and society by training your students to be great leaders of the future.
  • Encourage your students to join and take part in the Gunn Green Team projects.
  • Give back to the school and community by mentoring in the Green Team and making Gunn families maintain a sustainable lifestyle.
A Green Team meeting to kick off sustainable activities for 2009-2010 school year will be held October 5th in the Staff Lounge from 3:15-4:00 pm. All parents, students and staff are welcome. Please mark your calendar for the following Green Team meeting dates: November 2nd, December 7th, (2009) January 4th, February 1st, March 1st, April 5th and May 3rd (2010). (December 7th and April 5th meetings will be held at the Attendance Conference Room.)

Green Friendly Back to School Tips:
Check out the following websites on products and general tips on how to make schools eco-friendly.
Back to School with Less Plastic
PVC-Free Products (downloadable .pdf)

Email your suggestions or interest in joining to the Green Team.

Experts say this global warming is serious, and they are predicting now that by the year 2050, we will be out of party ice.
— David Letterman

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