MAC Team Green is a student-led initiative facilitated by staff, at Mount Aspiring College Wanaka. Interested in sustainability, we want to make a difference. We meet every week to decide which actions to do within the college. We liaise, advocate, promote to make change happen.
Here is a detailed presentation of our team and activities: Team Green Presentation made and presented by Florence Micoud at the Wanaka Speaker Series, Centre for Sustainable Practice, April 2011.
Mac Team Green Team 2015
Team members working hard in the library (2011)!
The Team at the Regeneration workshop in 2009
Find here the projects details: what / who / when.
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We have set up a paper recycling box in all classrooms and offices. With the paper collected and thanks to the Paper4Trees project, we earn trees that we then plant, involving the whole school.
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Every year, we organize Earth hour: For one hour on a Friday period 6, everyone is encouraged to switch off lights and heating. We monitor the electricity consumption use before, during and after the Earth hour. It is the occasion to make MAC students and staff aware of environmental issues and how each one can help.
Click here to see all our posts about Earth Hour
MAC innovation Project
In 2013, we articulated a major resource savings project that encompasses all our actions. The idea is to encourage students and staff to save paper, avoid waste, save energy… and putting the money NOT spent in a seed fund. The seed fund is used for purchases that create more savings for example solar panels. Click here to learn more about MAC Innovation Project.
MAC management is fully supportive of this idea. Tying-in with another school-wide initiative on respect, the first campaign is to phase out all rubbish bins in the college. Mac Team Green is in charge of promoting the change of culture required to achieve this bold goal. Click here to learn more about Mac Bin Free.
Possible future Projects -to be updated
There are two worm farms on the college ground.
Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean-Up Week
This years clean up is going to be bigger than Ben Hur! From September 4-11th it’s the time when we all roll our sleeves up and give this beautiful country a big spruce up – stay tuned for all of the details and how you can be involved! http://www.knzbcleanupweek.co.nz/ (Viki ~ Nadia)
The date for eDay 2009 has been tentatively set for Saturday 12th September. eDay is a community initiative designed to raise awareness of the hazardous nature of electronic waste and will be supported locally by QLDC. It is an opportunity for you to safely recycle old electronic equipment and waste (old computers, mobile phones, etc). Electronic waste can seriously damage the environment, wildlife, and human life when dumped in landfills. For updates about eDay 2009 check out www.eday.org.nz (Larissa)
13 – 20 September 2009: Get Involved: Kia Mahia te Mahi
Conservation Week is coming and the theme for 2009 is ‘Get Involved’!
International Day of Peace
The United Nations’ International Day of Peace – marked every year on September 21 – is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace. http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/ (Nia ~ Nadia ~ Hannah)
World Car Free Day
Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don’t have to accept our car-dominated society. http://www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd/
Frog populations throughout the world are continuing to decline despite the best efforts by scientists in more than 30 countries. Frog Week, 27th September – 3rd October 2009; Find information & resources on frog conservation in New Zealand on http://www.nzfrogs.org/Home.html (Megan ~ Nia)
World Animal Week
The Week, from October 4-10 every year, is your chance to help make the world a safer, more compassionate place for all animals. There is no limit to what you can do for World Animal Week, the important thing is to take part – and make a noise! http://www.worldanimalweek.net/ (Nina ~ Florence ~ Kim)
World Rainforest Week
World Rainforest Week is an annual holiday created by Rainforest Action Network with the goal of highlighting and celebrating the importance of rainforests to the health of people and our planet. http://ran.org/ (Nina ~ Florence ~ Kim) 10 October ?
World Food Day
http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/en/ (Megan ~ Viki) 16 October ?