Last visit of the year to “our adopted outlet” as part as the Touchstone programme
We discuss that this drain is the stormwater runoff for a vast area, including zones currently in construction. We watch the drain water and observe how it contains silt that deposit in the bay. It also carries patches of white foam that will not disappear, a sign of detergent discharges.
And right in front of the drain, kids are having a bath. We also see dogs wandering, likely depositing dog poo near the water, hence fecal bacteria in the water.
What could we do to improve the situation?
We observe there is quite a large area around the drain. So instead of bringing all this runoff water directly into the lake, the pipe could pour into a wetland that would naturally clean the water before it reaches the lake. Designing this wetland area will be our project for next year.
Team Green has “adopted” the Brebner Bay outlet as part of the Touchstone citizen lake monitoring project. We will take samples monthly and they will be analysed. We hope to have interesting stories to tell from the results.
Every last Friday of the month during period 5 is MAC Earth Hour.
Please make sure to turn off the lights and unnecessary equipment. We will go around the classes to remind you!
We have watched the college energy counter slow down during Earth Hour and calculated that we save $20 each time. The money saved goes towards more solar panels.
More solar panels, more savings…
And it helps the planet too!
Look what Team Green has negotiated with the very kind Canteen ladies!
It’s a win for you (cheaper), a win for the environment (no-throw-away cup), a win for the canteen (less cups to buy). Enjoy!
Last Thursday we walked down to the Lake to meet the Touchstone project organizers and discuss how we will help. We plan to take regular samples from two outlets near our college and get them to be tested to create a database of knowledge of the lake quality.
And we are in the newspaper here!
Team Green is organising the 2016 Recycling Art Competition at Mount Aspiring College.
Each whanau is invited to submit an artwork made out of rubbish or recycled materials. Judges will consider artistic, technique and sustainability value of the creations.
Entries are due on Tuesday 20th September 2016. It is a house competition so get in there and meet the criterias! Good luck!
On Saturday 19 March from 8.30 to 9.30pm
Earth Hour belongs to you. Celebrate your commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or at work – in your own way. A simple event can be just turning off all non-essential lights from 8.30pm-9:30 pm.
This is our time to #ChangeClimateChange!
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!
Thank you so much to all involved in the tree planting last Friday. We managed to get 26 in the ground. Thanks to our continued effort recycling paper and the 350 day a few years ago, the east bank looks amazing!
In term one, we have replaced all the broken and missing paper bins in the college so USE THEM!
When full, please go and empty them in the recycling area between the workshops and the library. If your paper bin is damaged, please let us know (Ask at the library or email email@example.com) so that we replace it.
Remember: For every ton of paper we manage to recycle, we earn about 5 trees!