November 30, 2011
by Leslie McGuire
North Vancouver School District schools underwent an extensive bulb replacement program in the summer. Pinpointed by Facilities and Maintenance staff and Energy Management Firm Prism Engineering as a financially beneficial program, staff in schools now enjoy better light quality, while the district saves on labour and electrical dollars.
So what’s that pictured below? Known as The Bulb Eater, this gadget was used to safely and efficiently dispose of the old flourescent lamps. The filtered and crushed remains will be recycled by Sybertech Waste Reduction once the sealed filters and containers are full. No Mercury in landfills, no waste. NVSD was provided this Bulb Eater as part of our contract with the company that replaced the bulbs. Much thanks to the Green minded staff in Facilities and Maintenance, and I hope to highlight many more F & M innovations.
November 20, 2011
by Leslie McGuire
My visit to Highlands to join in on their Green Team meeting was impressive and enlightening. Highlands has so many students interested in the environment they have developed a Primary and Intermediate Green Team. The team is facilitated by three teachers, parents and administration, and the 28 students from Grades 4 to 7 present that day were eager to share their initiatives and ask questions about what other schools were doing. The teachers had organized some unique activities. They viewed YouTube clips created by green minded students from across the globe to showcase their initiatives and inspire others. Notice that in one of the pictures, rather than a new sheet of paper, the teacher recorded ideas on a large, re-used sheet of brown wrapping paper that would otherwise be destined directly for the recycling bin.
Successful Green initiatives at Highlands:
- The highly successful Walk + Wheel to School Project. As students enter the school, parents tally the students in each class who avoided the car on their way to school. The class with the highest rate of carbon friendly transportation receives the Golden Shoe award. Highlands awards one to thee highest primary class and one to the highest intermediate class. Daily results are displayed for all in the hallway. A little friendly competition is always a great motivator.
- Their own Community Garden is able to thrive over the summer in partnership with the on site daycare centre and provided snacks for students.
- Highlands promotes Litterless Lunches, but also asks students to take home uneaten food, recyclables and garbage clean enough to transport.
GreenScreen looks forward to posting about Highland’s other GREEN initiatives!