Cleaning drains

Over the last couple of weeks, Team Green has been cleaning out the drains in the North Block of our school. 

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The amount of rubbish we found in the drains was frankly disgraceful. In just one drain we found 167 pieces of rubbish, some of which could be reused.  For instance, we found two scissors and two spoons, both in good condition. 

Our school community needs to reduce our waste. 

In order to protect our waterways, we placed two layers of mesh netting in the drains. This will prevent the rubbish from getting caught in our drains and creating more environmental damage. 

Our school’s goal should be to reduce the amount of rubbish we produce. We can substitute our single-use plastic for more environmentally friendly options. As you can see in the picture above, several plastic straws and plastic packaging are displayed. Alternatively, we can replace these things with reusable items such as metal straws, beeswax wraps and keep cups to make our school grounds more environmentally friendly. 

Each individual can make changes to create a greener future. Every small change makes a big difference: replacing plastic bags with reusable ones, recycling what can be recycled, picking up litter, etc…

Litter for ONE day!!

Litter harvested on our school grounds in just ONE day!!

OUR SCHOOL NEEDS TO CHANGE!

31 trees for paper recycled

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.

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Reduce your packaging and waste!

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MAC Team Green is organizing a fundraiser to help you get rid of your packaging and waste. We sell Safe Bottles, Ecotanka Bottles and koolers, Keep Leaf reusable sandwich and lunch bags.

Purchase reusable bottles and reusable food wraps using the 2014 Fundraiser form (please print double-sided).

Return with your payment to the library or the office by Wednesday 24th September to receive it at the start of Term 4. All proceedings build the Team Green seed fund (to buy solar panels).

Innovation project


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Our latest exciting goal is to embed sustainability into the curriculum and the college culture. Our Principal has agreed to establish the MAC Kaitiaki innovation Challenge aiming to raise awareness and empower students to be guardians of our resources by the end of term 1 2014.

Click here or on the image to open a presentation of our project.

We are working on:

  • An audit of the resources used
  • How to communicate our project to students and staff and enthuse them
  • A repository of curriculum resources
  • Best actions to save money to build our seed fund
  • Funding applications

Measuring change

The Enviroschools Foundation would like to welcome us to register to the Enviroschools Measuring Change Tool at www.measuringchange.org.nz.
Once we’ve registered we can start collecting and uploading our Waste, Water, Energy and Landscapes data.
 
The information and resources in the Measuring Change tool will help us find out how sustainable these areas are and then track our improvements over time. The sooner we start to measure our change, the sooner we will have a full record of the progress that we’re making.
 
There are also great spot prizes for the first enviroschools to get their data in!

Are we in to start MEASURING OUR CHANGE ?