MAC becoming a CLIMATE FRIENDLY SCHOOL

During a meeting with Green Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons, Ralph Adler and Zella Dowling, Mount Aspiring College students have been learning about and exploring how MAC could be come a climate friendly college.

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NOTES FROM THE MEETING

What is MAC already doing? What can we do better?

Saving energy

Team Green has done in the past and can resume the Switch off campaign (Make it flick stickers and posters) and the monthly Earth Hour (Period 6 Last Friday of each month).

To go further… do we actually need to turn on again after? Do we need it? This is a key phrase, in general!

At MAC, the biggest energy problem for the environment is our coal plant. We could lobby to get it changed. Write a letter to Board of Trustees, Mr Bosley, Architects, Ministry for the Environment.

And we have 8 solar panels. We want more! Continue fundraising. Ask in the letter.

Transport

Make a transport survey. Is it cool to bike? Is it cool to walk? The reward is in itself, health, cool… A hand survey in the year 9 group showed that many students already walk, bike or take the bus to school. Surely more can be done.

For the school’s trip, asking for electric vehicles. Our vehicles are second hand after local ski resorts. Asking them for electric vehicles!

Food

Encourage compartment lunchboxes, more sandwich wraps, these are opportunities for fundraisers. Resume the bring your cup deal at the canteen. https://macteamgreen.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/canteen-deal/

Waste

Team Green has installed paper recycling and recycling in the college, because it diverts lots from landfill (cheaper), because we earn trees from paper and cardboard recycling via Paper4Trees.

We yearly check it is functioning and campaign for its good use.

Improvement: Explain why? “Do I need it” campaign? Encourage electronics use. Good on one side bins. Double-sided printing by default.

“Think before you print sticker” to add at the bottom of emails

Canteen: Do they have leftovers?

School compost, also for lawn clipping.

Measure How important How much $$ How Easy Action
Lights Less important because 80% of energy is renewable Save $$ Easy Switch campaign, switch stickers
Travel to School It would be important but a lot of people already bike so maybe quite good Nothing to school – Save money for families Each individual decision – lots of communication Survey

Calculate how much petrol this uses

Find out who else has done survey already

Travel by School Quite important Will become cheaper but big initial cost Not easy Petition to Cardrona and Treble Cone so they have electric buses

(Also ask for gondola for climate change)

Coal burner Very Important Big Letter to BOT to ask for renewables energy and better insulation
Heat Pumps Less important because 80% of energy is renewable Saves money Easy Switch campaign, switch stickers
Waste:

Paper

Food

Food wrappers

Quite important Not much money Not easy!

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Notices

We want compost and garden: lawn clippings, leaves, food scraps, canteen waste, food tech waste, a bit of wood ashes

Present Team Green members vote to focus on collecting food waste to a compost and perhaps make a garden for food for the canteen. We need to get the caretaker and canteen support.

To avoid having much work with the garden, we can still do compost and sell it (fundraiser!). In Dunedin, a school has a matching system who wants it who doesn’t want it.

So working on collecting food waste and establishing a compost will be Team Green focus in term 2.

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Fair Trade Bake Sale Thursday 22nd Feb at MAC

What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is a Trade in which fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries, thus reducing poverty. When we buy Fair Trade chocolate, sugar, bananas or cocoa, we support farmers and promote good farming practices. It reduces poverty and helps the environment. And fair trade products taste better too!

MAC is Fair Trade school

Mount Aspiring College is a Fair Trade school since 2016. This means we learn about fair trade and promote it through out the school, the canteen uses fair trade sugar and cocoa, and we organise events with fair trade products.

First Fair Trade Bake Sale tomorrow!

We are having a fair trade bake sale tomorrow at lunchtime in the quad. Come with a few dollars: it is delicious and it helps the farmers. Yum!

All the benefits go to a fund to buy more solar panels for our college.

Melia Fair trade poster

Team Green Focus Week

  • image$100 raised at the Fair trade bake sale go to the Solar Panel fund.
  • 12 students came and watch the Film Before the Flood first part
  • 4 articles in the local medias about Team Green
  • 10 students came at lunchtime Friday to plant 16 trees
  • 32 Whanau participated and returned the quiz.

Central Otago NewsAnd so the last house competition results are:

  • 1st Barker, 161 correct answers, 4 house points
  • 2nd Pisa, 121 correct answers, 3 house points
  • 3rd Iron, 110 correct answers, 2 house points
  • 4th Roy, 84 correct answers, 1 house point

Team Green thanks everyone for their participation!

Team Green Students meet Tim Flannery

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(c) Oh Three Photography

Aspiring Conversations organisers kindly donated two tickets to attend Tim Flannery’s event to students presenting the best questions. While Grace Green and Gary Poilvert questions were chosen, none of them could attend and were represented instead by Emily Knoesen and Johnny Brebner, both highly interested in the talk.

The talk is summarized here. We learnt that there is hope, now that technologies exists, goverments have signed a strong agreement and everyone starts putting the subject at the top of their agenda…

Tim Flannery books “We are the weather makers” and the brand new “Atmosphere of Hope” are both available at the college library.

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Emily speaking bravely in front of a crowd! (c) Oh Three Photography

 

 

Tree planting time!

Thanks to our school’s paper recycling efforts this year, MAC has earned 31 native trees through the Paper For Trees scheme.  We will get an additional 13 trees kindly donated by Te Kakano nursery, so that all whanau groups at MAC can plant a tree again this year.

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We will hold planting sessions during long whanau this Friday and next Friday.

  • On Friday 16th October (Week 1) from 8:35-9:00am all whanau from Pisa and Barker houses will plant a tree each whilst whanau in Roy and Iron houses complete a Team Green Quiz which we have made.
  • On Friday 23rd October (Week 2) during long whanau, Roy and Iron houses will be planting trees whilst Pisa and Barker whanau complete the quiz.

The quiz is a house competition.  And the winning whanau (most correct answers) will receive a prize.

Thank you to our sponsor Ziptrek!

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