MAC Earth Hour will be tomorrow period 5. Please turn off all unnecessary lights and electric devices. Team Green members will go around the school and switch off the lights at the start of the period.
This Earth Hour is important as it is the International Earth Hour on Saturday from 8.30 to 9.30pm so it is the occasion to make a difference globally www.earthhour.org
Please empty the classroom red crates into the yellow recycling bins on the campus.
- Paper (must be clean)
- Cardboard (flattened)
- Empty glass bottles
- Empty plastic containers with a number on the base (1-7)
- Aluminium cans and clean tin cans
Basically recycling is dry and clean.
These can’t be recycled:
- Food scraps
- Glad wrap
- Tin foil & foil bags
- Plastic wrappers
- Yogurt pottles
- Empty drink boxes (eg. Up and Go)
- Plastic bags
- Noodle & soup containers
- Milkshake and hot chip cups
- Used tissues, canteen napkins
So all these go in the grey or blue rubbish bins.
This is what we currently find in the recycling bins: dirty plastic glass, straws, gladwrap, dirty paper… we can do better! Please stop putting rubbish in the recycling!
Only pigs litter. It’s disgusting! So put your rubbish in your lunchbox, pocket or bin near you, or you are a pig.
Litter flies, litter floats, litter kills.
An estimated 100 000 marine mammals and turtles are killed by plastic litter every year around the world. And approximately 1 million sea birds also die from plastic!
So please don’t litter!
Recycling saves money, is respectful and saves the environment.
So pick up your rubbish and recycle. Thank you!
The school will continue to support and promote Fair Trade because this scheme has the potential to lift millions of people out of poverty, improving their ability to work, eat, earn a decent wage and provide education for their children. Buying fair trade products is one small step that everyone can take to improve the lives of others, making the world a fairer place.
Last year our school recycled 60480 litres of paper and cardboard. This means our school saved:
- 7.75 tonnes of paper and cardboard from landfill
- 62 cubic metres of landfill space
- 42.78 tonnes of carbon emissions reduced from landfill
Thanks to Paper4Trees, we “earned” 31 trees which we will plant later this year.
The idea is to remove the recycling from the skip.
Team Green will promote recycling in the college.
If we divert a third of rubbish to the recycling, we’ll save $2100 per year.
Congratulation to Team Green students to step up and lead the Wanaka march.
Last Friday Team Green ran an Earth hour during period six in which all unnecessary electronic devices were (supposedly) turned off. This is part of the attempt to hold an earth hour on the last Friday of every month to conserve energy and cut down the schools power use. During this hour the average electricity consumption fell from 4.8 KW to 2.38 KW.
More Earth hours will be held on the last Friday of every month for the rest of the school year in order to raise awareness on the issue of energy use.
On Friday 27th March at 2.15pm when the bell announced the end of lunchtime, a group of students went around school and reminded everyone to switch off lights and other electric appliances.
We have been recording the kW consumption with an electricity monitor for a week before and after the event in one block of the college. The blue line is the average consumption during the week, around 3.88 kW.
The green line is the kW consumption during the Earth Hour, averaging 1.50kW.
We have calculated that it saves about $20.
We propose to organise Earth Hour once a month, on the last Friday of each month.
The next Earth Hour will be on the 29th May.
We now meet on Thursdays lunchtimes in the library.
The Board of Trustees has granted $6.500 for the installation of MAC first solar panels and our task is to make this happen. It’s fantastic and exciting.
We have grouped our activities in three streams:
- Energy group is be in charge of implementing the solar panels project, as well as continuing Earth Hour and energy savings campaigns
- The Recycling group big idea this year (thank you Max!) is to organise a recycling art competition, as well as continuing Paper recycling and Keep MAC Beautiful campaigns.
- The House Competition group is preparing a special day in the year with a house competition, a quiz, mufti day etc…
A big year for our growing Team!