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Environmental Awareness Committee NEWS: America Recycles Day Set for November 15/Trashless Lunch Tuesday Held November 14

November 10, 2017

In honor of America Recycles Day (November 15), District 30’s Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) hosted a Trashless Lunch Tuesday on Tuesday, November 14 at Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools.

In honor of America Recycles Day (November 15), District 30’s Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) hosted a Trashless Lunch Tuesday on Tuesday, November 14 at Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools. "We always look forward to engaging students in small environmental initiatives that can have a big impact, by holding trashless lunch days during the school year,” said Dr. Melissa Hirsch, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and director of EAC.

District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee's next meeting takes place at 8:45 a.m., Wednesday, November 15 at the District's Administration Offices.  For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Hirsch at 847-498-4190.

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District 30 Celebrates America Recycles Day on November 15

America Recycles Day, November 15, is a "Keep America Beautiful" national initiative, that is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Each year, on and in the weeks leading into November 15, thousands of communities across the country participate by promoting environmental citizenship and taking action to increase and improve recycling in America. 

EAC Hosting a Special Movie Night on February 9

District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee, with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Melissa Hirsch, will host a family movie night from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.,  Friday, February 9, at Maple School, which will highlight a topic that promotes environmental awareness. There will be more information available soon.

 EAC Hosts Trashless Lunch Tuesday on November 14!

In honor of America Recycles Day (November 15), District 30’s Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) hosted a Trashless Lunch Tuesday on Tuesday, November 14 at Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools. It is heartening to note that the majority of students have reusable lunch bags and containers; and the District recycles all snack bags through Terracycle! The schools' landfill waste is down compared to the past few years!

"We always look forward to engaging students in small environmental initiatives that can have a big impact, by holding trashless lunch days during the school year,” said Dr. Melissa Hirsch, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and director of EAC.

Please continue to support our waste-free challenge each day, by following the tips listed below:

  • Have children help pack lunches with healthy foods.

  • Only pack as much food as your child will eat.

  • Use a reusable lunch bag/box for carrying a lunch.

  • Use a refillable bottle for drinks.

  • Use single-serve containers that are recyclable.

  • Put sandwiches in reusable containers or ReUsies, instead of plastic bags. 

  • Avoid pre-packaged, single-serve portions of snacks. 

  • Put re-usable napkins in lunch container(s).

  • Prepare extra food at dinnertime, and use the leftovers for lunches. 

 

 

 

 

Gratitude Prevails during District 30’s Great Pumpkin and Candy Drive 

On 12:01 p.m., on November 2, after the Environmental Awareness Committee's (EAC’s) first “Jack-O-Lantern Launch" and candy collection for military personnel had ended; the waste receptacle was brimming with over 60 donated pumpkins at Maple School. Instead of ending up in a landfill, the pumpkins are being recycled into compost, through Waste Management, which is also District 30’s waste disposal and environmental services’ company. The EAC gleaned information and received assistance from School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Compost Education (SCARCE), which is based in Glen Ellyn.

 

In addition, thousands of pieces of Halloween candy was collected at the same time. EAC member Tracey Becker transported it to the North Suburban YMCA, as the organization has partnered with the United States Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois to collect leftover Halloween candy, to be sent to U.S. military personnel. The YMCA’s collection ends on November 7. District 30 is appreciative to the YMCA for accepting its candy for shipment to the troops. http://www.nsymca.org

 

 

 

 

 

State Senator Julie Morrison attended the event, and took a few pictures with Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Melissa Hirsch, and Director of Buildings and Grounds, Don Zabski. She and Dr. Wegley even helped launch a few pumpkins into the bin! She was sincerely thanked for her generous donation in support of schools, recycling, composting, and giving back to those in need.

 

 

Working tirelessly at the “Jack-O-Lantern Launch” and candy collection, were EAC members Tracey Becker, Catherine Caporusso, Sarah Sanford, Tara, and Bailey Wesselink. The EAC, under the leadership of Dr. Hirsch, is appreciative of all of the support from Maple, Wescott, and Willowbrook Schools during this event. A special “thank you” to Maple secretary Kathy Janca for coordinating the “extra" candy collection through the front office; and to Jose Medina, Celso “Cel" Rios and staff, for their assistance in keeping the area safe and spotless during the collection period.

 

Pumpkin Collection Guide

Significant progress has been made in our state to facilitate collections of food scraps for composting. Illinois House Bill 437 – Organic Composting drop offs was signed into law by Governor Rauner in July 2015 allowing temporary and permanent sites to collect organics for composting. Thanks to this success, pumpkin collection can continue with the support of the Illinois government.

Why compost pumpkins?

  • They are full of nutrients that are good for the soil

  • They are 90% water.

  • Most of the pumpkins processed in the United States are grown in Illinois – keep the water and nutrients here!

  • Landfills are the 3rd largest producers of methane gas.  

This Pumpkin Collection Guide was created by SCARCE to help city administrators organize and hold a one-day pumpkin collection event after Halloween to collect Jack-o-Lanterns from residents. Contact SCARCE to get involved at info@scarce.org or 630-545-9710.

 

Topics touched on in the Pumpkin Collection Guide include:

 

  • Event Coordination: Approval, Haulers, Pick-up

  • Promotion

  • Staffing & Volunteers

  • Day of the Event

  • Event Follow Up

  • IEPA Guidelines

  • Pumpkin Facts

Additional materials can be downloaded here: Full-page Flyer, Half-page Flyer, Mini Trick-or-Treat Flyers

Community Pumpkin Collections in Illinois

Download this list of IL Communities which have hosted pumpkin collections in the past. If your community is interested in starting a new pumpkin collection, you might consider reaching out to nearby communities that have already done one for advice or lessons learned. Or perhaps you could combine your efforts with a neighboring town for efficiency.

This list will be updates at least once per year, in November, though revisions may take place more frequently based on suggestions received. Send suggested revisions to illinoiscomposts(at)gmail.com.

Curbside Collection Resources

Curbside Composting = Food Recycling. This post from the IFSC blog highlights the residential composting program in Glen Ellyn, IL, a community in DuPage County.

 

Wescott Student Group Supports Environmental Awareness and Change!

On October 12, former students in Sammi Lipkins' class at Wescott School, used samples from their persuasive writing exercise to report on recent environmental initiatives, during a meeting of District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee. The kids originally met in student-led inquiry circles, and researched current environmental and political topics, like climate change.

One project that was highlighted involved the changing the light bulbs at Wescott from fluorescent to LED! This will ultimately lower many pounds of CO2 (carbon dioxide) expended in the building, resulting in a healthier educational space.

The kids thanked Director of Buildings and Grounds, Don Zabski, Maintenance Mechanic Federico Lopez, Principal Chris Brown, and Sammi Lipkin, for helping them to achieve this goal. Ms. Lipkin commended them for being involved and aware of these very important environmental topics and initiatives.

Kids Plant Seeds of Future at Wescott School Garden

 

On October 10, Wescott School first and third graders got their hands dirty, while they made a clean sweep of the new butterfly garden. They planted over 120 new prairie plants, with local expert Rob Suski and support from science teachers Kery Obradovich and Kristin Goss. 

 

The development of Wescott's new prairie butterfly garden is led by Dr. Melissa Hirsch, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, with the district's Environmental Awareness Committee. The purpose of transforming Wescott's former vegetable garden into the butterfly garden was to help save the endangered Monarch butterfly and other pollinating insects that are endangered.

 

Rob Sulski with Foot Stone Inc. has been painstakingly planting low-profile native short grasses and butterfly food and reproduction perennial plant species, and managing the garden at Wescott since last spring. 

 

First and third grade classes had the opportunity to participate in garden improvement, which complements their current curriculum. In first grade, students study the life cycle of the butterfly. In third grade, the kids learn about garden structure and the function of plants.  

 

On this cool October morning, each pupil inserted a plant into previously augered holes by Mr. Sulski. Over 127 plants now reside in the garden and include the following species: Wisconsin Fast Plant (grows in record 38-40 days), Plant, Small Sun Drop, Purple Milkweed, Prairie Drops, Pale Spiked Rosetta, Purple Cornflower, Golden Alexanders, Prairie Cinquefoil, Small Skullcap,  Little Bluestem, Black-eyed Susan, Nick Nells Sedge Prairie Plant, Prairie Panic Grass, Prairie Phlox, Smooth Blue Aster and Daisy Fleabane.  

 

Some of the plants, like the Small Sun Drop, was endangered, but Mr. Sulski carefully cultivated it in his own backyard, and years later, it is no longer on the endangered list. In the future, students will have a chance to collect seeds from these plants, enhancing further garden restoration and educational experiences.

 

Northfield's Recycling Services Run through November

Residents welcome to drop off recyclables at Road District garage or at special weekend events.

The Northfield Township Road District has opened its facility for daily recyclable drop-offs, available for Township residents during regular business hours. In addition, the Road District has published its schedule for community recycling special events, including paper shredding and off-site collections. All recycling events are open to residents of Northfield Township, which includes Northfield, Northbrook, and Glenview.

The Northfield Township Road District’s garage, located at 1928 Lehigh Road in Glenview, accepts recyclable materials Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. until November 2017. Residents are asked to drive their vehicles to the front of the garage building and ring the bell for assistance unloading their cars.

The Road District accepts a wide variety of items for charitable re-use or responsible recycling, which are listed in detail on the Road District’s website at http://www.northfieldtownship.com/recycling-program.html

For more information about Northfield Township recycling programs, call the Road District at 847 -724-7055.

 

 

 

 

 

Facts About Idling and First Student Bus Service’s Anti-Idling Policy:

 

  • Most people waste one to two entire tankfuls of gas every year by idling.

  • Monitoring at schools has shown elevated levels of air toxics coinciding with parents picking up their children.

  • First Student is District 30's bus company. They have had an anti-idling rule in place, since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised its standards for idling in 2010:  "Anti Idling: It's the Law.”  First Student's policy provides that no vehicle will idle more than three minutes unless certain exceptions apply.  For example, when a bus is turning left, if it has to idle for more than three minutes before being allowed to turn, it can't turn off its engine.

  • First Student uses diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) on 90 percent of the fleet in this area. This product, which is not a diesel additive, is incorporated into the bus’ exhaust stream to convert NOx into nitrogen  and water vapor - two harmless and natural components of the air that we breathe. This helps to reduce environmental pollution and promote cleaner diesel emissions.

  • Anti-Idling of diesel and gasoline engines reduces fuel consumption, reduces environmental emissions, and reduces engine wear and maintenance costs.

  • The chemicals from vehicle exhaust are harmful and can make asthma and other lung conditions worse. Because of their developing lungs and higher breathing rates, children are more susceptible to air pollution.

  • Typical school bus engines, like District 30’s First Student vehicles, burn about a half gallon of fuel per hour of idling. Eliminating or reducing idling saves fuel and reduces the carbon emissions that cause greenhouse gasses.

  • Remain idle free on cold days, by bringing a blanket in the car to stay warm.

District 30 Celebrated Walk to School Day 

National Walk to School Day 2017 was held at Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools on October 4. The annual celebration brings together students, families, school, community partners, and elected officials across the country to celebrate the benefits of walking to school. For more information about National Walk to School Day go to http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

  • Wescott School had it’s annual Walk for Wescott fundraiser on October 4

  • Willowbrook School students took part in Walk to School Day on October 4 with staff members.

  • Many Maple School students biked or walked to school on October 4.

 

All Schools Participated in Share Your Soles Shoe Drive

Maple and Willowbrook School families were recently invited to donate gently worn or new shoes of any kind in Wescott School’s vestibule until October 6. This annual shoe drive was held in conjunction with Wescott’s "Walk for Wescott" fundraiser, Wescott's Helping Hands Committee, and the Share Your Soles’ organization. shareyoursoles.org

Share Your Sole's goal is to provide good, clean shoes to those in need. For example, tennis shoes should include laces, and not have holes. It’s important that any used shoes are in good condition and tied together, or banded with a rubber band.

This organization is also collecting shoes for the disaster victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Share Your Soles® is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization dedicated to sharing gently worn/new shoes to those in greatest need. They provide shoes both worldwide, as well as right here in the United States. For more information, go to http://shareyoursoles.org/

 

Green Apple Day of Service

Green Apple Day of Service is a day of action that brings together volunteers, parents, teachers, students, companies, and local organizations to contribute to sustainability projects in schools that create a lasting impact. 

One way that District 30Green is participated in Green Apple Day of Service this fall, is by supporting one of our goals this year: to enhance butterfly conservation practices in our gardens. A group of Wescott School students planted over 120 additional perennial plants in the new butterfly garden on October 10.

Northbrook Electronic Recycling Schedule

Computers, toaster, televisions, or small appliances can be recycled at upcoming Northbrook’s Electronic Recycling events. They will be held on the first Tuesday and first Saturday of the month from 7 a.m. -3 p.m. on Tuesday; and from 9 a.m. – Noon on Saturday, behind the Village Hall at the Maintenance Garage. www.northbrook.il.us/recycle

 

EAC Establishes Goals for 2017-2018 School Year

District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) held its first meeting of the new year on August 31, under the leadership of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch.

The committee maintains its mission to "promote responsibility to improve and preserve the environment," by establishing and updating its goals each year.

This year, the EAC has agreed to the following goals: Re-affirm sustainable practices in the lunchroom; extend the no-idling campaign, using signage courtesy of Go-Green Northbrook; to continue building school gardens with Rob Sulski (Foot Stone, Inc.), that includes butterfly/pollinating insect conservation practices; and to support and coordinate environmental activities at the schools. The committee welcomed new member Sergey Sinelnikov.

 

Other members include Wescott School Principal Chris Brown, Tara Wesselink, Sarah Sanford, Tracey Becker, Beth Preis, Grace Zuercher. Staff consultants include Director of Buildings and Grounds, Don Zabski and Lucie Seyhun.

 

Go Green of Northbrook has lent District 30 "No Idling" signs for the schools this year. In addition, new composting bins are in place at Maple School. This is a pilot program. Lunchroom bins are divided equally into liquid, compost, recycling, landfill, and chip bag recycling. 

 

Stay up-to-date on the EAC activities. Go to http://www.district30.org/campusuite/modules/news.cfm… 

 

Wescott's prairie garden is being managed by Foot Stone Inc.'s Rob Sulski, with the help of Wescott staff members. Mr. Sulski has planted native short grasses, butterfly food and reproduction perennial plant species in the new Butterfly Garden at Wescott. It used to be a vegetable garden, but the EAC wanted to join in Northbrook and the state's efforts in helping to conserve the endangered Monarch butterfly and pollinating insect populations.  

 



Some non-native annual plant speciies have been included in the seed mix to "enhance first-year aesthetic and butterfly attractiveness," said Mr. Sulski.

This year, the EAC will be investigating areas at Wescott School to put in a vegetable garden. Stay tuned!

 

Thank you! Go Green Northbrook has lent three no idling signs to District 30 for the school year.

 

 

 

Welcome Back to School from the Environmental Awareness Committee!

District 30’s Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) warmly welcomes everyone back-to-school. The EAC has been an integral part of the school community for over 22 years. It is comprised of an enthusiastic group of District 30 administrators, residents, PTO and staff members. It continues to follow its mission of “promoting responsibility to improve and preserve the environment,” with the support of Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Last year at Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools, the EAC sponsored Trashless Lunch Tuesdays and Walk and Bike to School Days.  The committee also supported efforts to recycle and reduce waste; placed no idling signs at the schools; and participated in monarch butterfly conservation efforts, prairie garden education and garden restorations.

In April, the committee organized Earth Day assemblies, which brought experts to the schools to encourage students to consider positive changes, as they become more aware of the interrelationship between humans, animals, endangered species and the environment. In 2018, Earth Day assemblies will be held in March, when Mobile Ed representatives will discuss “Our Changing Climate.”

On Arbor Day, the Glenview Lions generously presented tree saplings to all fourth grade students, as part of an annual national forester’s program, which was designed to educate fourth graders about the importance of trees in maintaining a healthy and viable environment.

Currently, under the direction of the EAC, Wescott School’s new 30’x40' butterfly garden is beginning to blossom, and promises to provide an even more effective educational learning space for the children. This garden was initiated to help save the endangered Monarch butterfly and other pollinating insects that are endangered and crucial to the world’s food supply.

Wescott also has a prairie garden, which is being maintained by Mr. Rob Sulski at Foot Stone Inc.  Future discussions include plans to install a new vegetable garden at Wescott. Community members can continue to stay current regarding the Environmental Awareness Committee’s activities by reading the Friday Flyer school newsletters and/or going to www.district30.org.

 

Northbrook Groups in Full Support of Butterfly Conservation

District 30 is excited to be a part of the butterfly conservation effort with District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC)! Irv Leavitt's article talks about how Northbrook schools are involved in this statewide effort. Read his article at http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/northbrook/news/ct-nbs-monarch-butterfly-preservation-tl-0817-20170815-story.html

This past year, the EAC restored Wescott School's vegetable garden by transforming it into a butterfly garden. Rob Sulski with Foot Stone Inc. has been painstakingly planting low-profile native short grasses and butterfly food and reproduction perennial plant species, and managing it since May. Wescott Principal Chris Brown and Lucio Castrejon have insured that rabbits and other predators are kept out of the garden; and that it has been watered all summer.

EAC Articles from 2016-2017 School Year


EAC’s Annual Bike Hike Draws Many Participants and Faculty on May 15!

Over 40 Wescott and Willowbrook School fifth graders’ participated in District 30’s Environmental Awareness Committee’s (EAC’s) Bike Hike with Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, Principals Scott Carlson and Chris Brown on May 15; in honor of National Bike To School Day in May.  They rode with students and volunteers from their respective schools to Maple School. While at Maple, the kids enjoyed popsicles, heard about bike safety from Maple’s Service Learning Club members and sponsor Jillian Rathge. Then everyone returned to school, led by administrators and parents.

EAC members who helped coordinate this event and volunteered on Bike Day included Tracey Becker, Tara Wesselink and Lainie Levin. This event was sponsored by the District 30 Environmental Awareness Committee, led by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch.
 


From the National Arbor Day website:

Fact: One large tree can supply a day's worth of oxygen to four people!

"It has been over 135 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day, and his simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever."

Wescott and Willowbrook School fourth graders hold up Norway Spruce saplings they received from the Glenview Lions Club. Fourth graders received the saplings again this year on Arbor Day, courtesy of the Glenview Lions and the National Foresters, as a part of a tree distribution initiative.

Glenview Lions Present Saplings to Fourth Graders on Arbor Day

Representatives from the Glenview Lions Club led a discussion about trees and passed out saplings to fourth graders at Wescott and Willowbrook School on April 28, which was Arbor Day.

For the past few years, Glenview Lions' member Terry Dooley has arranged for fourth graders at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools to receive Norway Spruce  saplings, courtesy of the National Fourth Grade Foresters' tree distribution initiative. To date, Mr. Dooley says that, since 2006 the National Foresters have distributed over one million saplings to students in over 7,000 schools nationwide.

The students learned a few facts about the Norway Spruce and the basic care of trees.  Mr. Dooley told them that a Norway Spruce can grow up to a foot a year, and can live to be 100 years old.

The Foresters' web site reminds citizens, "Now in the era of global warming and air pollution, tree planting is even more important than ever. Trees take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to help reduce warming and help clean the air we breath. Planting trees is a simple, inexpensive and easy way to address the problem."

For more information about the National Fourth Grade Foresters, go to http://www.fourthgradeforestersusa.com/what-we-do

 

Legless Lizard Leaves Kindergartners Laughing!

On April 19, Willowbrook School kindergartners learned that sea turtles like to snack on jellyfish; corn snakes consume 60 mice and rats per year; and that there is such a thing as a legless lizard!

These were just a few facts imparted by Dick Buchholz of Mobile Ed Productions, when he presented "Reptiles and the Environment" during a morning assembly at Willowbrook. He presented the same assembly at Wescott School on April 20. These presentations were scheduled to coincide with Earth Week.

The children's chins were all turned up and their mouths and eyes were wide open, as he spoke. They watching intently as he brought out, one at-a-time, a box turtle, bearded dragon, a legless lizard, and two species of snakes.



Mr. Bucholz discussed how humans can affect the lives of thousands of species all over the world. He told why dumping garbage, plastic bags, and pesticides in the ocean thousands of miles away, can trigger a chain of events that may eventually impact the food and products used by humans and animals. He also talked about the growing environmental threat of vanishing marine life in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

Mr. Buchholz encouraged students to consider positive changes as they become more aware of the interrelationship between humans, animals, and the environment. After his presentation, Mr. Buchholz gave everyone the opportunity to touch a corn snake. Hand sanitizer was used by everyone after the real life encounter.

For more information about this program, go to http://www.mobileedproductions.com/animals-natural-science-live-animals-school-assemblies

This presentation was brought to District 30's children by District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee, led by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Melissa Hirsch.

View Photos on District 30's Facebook Page!


Reptiles Are Cool at Wescott School

Reptiles are always cool but especially when they visit Wescott School! First and second graders not only heard many fascinating facts about the four types of reptiles; they were able to view a few, when Dick Buchholz of Mobile Ed Productions visited on April 20.

A former teacher and reptile enthusiast, Mr. Buchholz' presentation was titled, "Reptiles and the Environment," and tied in perfectly with District 30's week-long celebration of Earth Week. He asked the children what the four kinds of reptiles were and many knew the answer: crocodiles, snakes, turtles and lizards.
He had everyone's attention, as he brought out, one at-a-time, a box turtle, bearded dragon, a legless lizard, and two species of snakes.

Mr. Bucholz discussed how humans can affect the lives of thousands of species all over the world. He told why dumping garbage, plastic bags, and pesticides in the ocean thousands of miles away, can trigger a chain of events that may eventually impact the food and products used by humans and animals. He also talked about the growing environmental threat of vanishing marine life in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

Mr. Buchholz encouraged students to consider positive changes as they become more aware of the interrelationship between humans, animals, and the environment.

After his presentation, Mr. Buchholz gave everyone the opportunity to touch a corn snake. Hand sanitizer was used by everyone after the real life encounter.
For more information about Mobile Ed presentations, go to http://www.mobileedproductions.com/animals-natural-science-…

This presentation was brought to District 30's children by District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee, led by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Melissa Hirsch.

Maple School's Environmental Video is Available

Maple School physical education/wellness teacher, Kitt Kopach's advisory class just created a powerful video that focuses on the state of the environment, recycling and caring for the planet.

"The video was a fun way for our class to come together and show our student's at Maple some easy and creative ways to infuse better planet practices into their daily lives," stated Mr. Kopach.

"The student's responsible for the creation of this video were seventh graders C.A., S. P., E. Z., D. L., P. C., L. T., S. C., P. I., C. L., J. M., R. SJ., C. K. and K. K. They all worked very hard; and I know their work made an impact on my Advisory's thoughts and actions on recycling and caring for our planet," he concluded.

View the video at
https://drive.google.com/…/0BwxbY_JFEZzRcjdLTl94M0p1a…/view…

 


 
Environmental educator David Wilms discusses ways in which to save energy with Willowbrook fourth graders in Jennifer Lunds’ classroom.

Environmental Educator Enlightens Fourth Graders on Renewable Resources and Saving Energy

Recently, Wescott and Willowbrook fourth graders were enlightened on the subject of fossil fuels, renewable resources and energy saving techniques with educator David Wilms. He could be called the "modern day Thomas Edison,” the way he exhibits his passion for energy and energy sources (like LED lights); and how he enthusiastically talks about many ways that people can save this precious resource. Mr. Wilms is a former advanced placement (AP) enviromental science teacher at Stevenson High School, who is now retired from that position. He currently works with students at many schools, spreading the word about renewable resources and saving energy.

Since December, he has shared with the fourth graders, information on fossil fuels, renewable resources, and the impact transportation has on the environment.  Students compared the impact of SUV's, smaller cars and electric cars. Mr. Wilm's held presentations on January 24 and 25, which focused on recycling and energy.

Fourth graders kept a log on the impact they can have on the environment and energy each time they recycle. The log showed that the most highly recycled items included in chronological order:  aluminum cans, aluminum, plastics, steel, school paper, paper/paper cardboard, and glass.

He told the kids, “You can be part of the solution! We can save so much energy by reducing, reusing and recycling.”

Mr. Wilms emphasized that the terms energy efficiency and energy conservation have distinct meanings, but both save energy.  Energy efficiency is using technology that requires less energy to perform the same function. Energy conservation is any behavior that results in the use of less energy.  The energy efficiency of LED light bulbs was compared with incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs. A 2016 Census estimate of 116,000,000 households in the U.S. compared the three types of bulbs, their usage, and the huge annual savings if all households changed to LED bulbs.

These presentations were coordinated by math and science coordinators, Kery Obradovich and Kristin Cioffi, with the help of fourth grade teachers Anna Davis, Jane Eilhauer, Sammi Lipkin, Michele Maisel, Jessica Schutz, Jennifer Lund and Betsie Onsrud. 

 

"No Idling" is a 24/7 Rule Off the Road

Here are some facts about idling to remember:

  • Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine.

  • Frequent restarting has little impact on the car battery or starter.

  • Idling can increase fuel consumption by four to five percent.

  • Idling for two minutes is equivalent to driving one mile.

  • The EPA recommends that individuals turn off their cars if planning to idle for more than 30 seconds. Some sources say just 10 seconds.

Please consider turning the car off and contributing to this community effort to reduce global warming. Excellent video link, "It's Time to Re-think Idling" at http://iturnitoff.com/index.php#/the-issue

Important Links about Idling wescott/documents/IdleFreeSchoolsFlyer.pdf  - Compares idling with start/stop http://www.afdc.energy.gov/uploads/publication/which_is_greener.pdf

Anti Idling for NBK Village fleets (auto off at 5 minutes)
http://www.villageprofile.com/illinois/northbrook/02/topic.html

Scroll to Idle Reduction
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/publications.html

Be Idle Free, Just Turn the Key!



Pack It, Snack It, ReUse It…Thank You For Doing Your Part!

To kick-off the 2016-2017 school year, the District 30’s Environmental Awareness Committee arranged for every child in the District to receive a blue reusable sandwich-size lunch bag (dubbed ReUsies) in his/her student information packet.  ReUsies are reusable, eco-friendly, fun, economic, and a wonderful alternative to disposable snack bags and sandwich bags.

The ReUsie website lists the many advantages to using these little bags!

*Eco-friendly: Each ReUsie has the potential to keep hundreds of your family’s plastic bags out of our landfills. With little effort, you can do your part to help reduce the estimated 20 million single-use plastic sandwich bags that go into U.S. landfills daily.

*Family friendly: ReUsies are 100% cotton, quick-drying, lined with leak-resistant nylon and are secured with hook and loop closures. ReUsies are free of BPA and phthalates. They are also CPSIA compliant and meet the FDA standards for food safety, which makes them safe for everyday food use.

*Easy to care for: ReUsies can be machine washed and dried, washed in the dishwasher, or for longest life, simply wiped clean with a soapy sponge and air dried.

*Economic: According to the Sierra Club, families spend roughly $85 annually on disposable plastic baggies. Not only can you keep plastic baggies from our landfills, but you can save money in the long run.

*Fun: With dozens of bright colors and styles to choose from, you can find choices for anyone in the house. Your family can lunch in style with ReUsies.

*Alternate uses: ReUsies are versatile and are used for more than just food and snacks. Take along treats for your favorite pet. Or use them to organize your purse, lugage or baby bag by putting wallets, keys, pacifiers, toiletries, cosmetics, crayons, legos, small electronic devices, sunglasses, or other items that get lost or damaged.

For more information about ReUsies and recycling initiatives go to Reusies.com

District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee Continues to Raise Environmental Awareness in Surrounding Communities

The mission of the Area School Environmental Group is to continue to raise environmental awareness and to inspire parents, administrators, teachers, students, and community members to take action to help the environment in our local elementary and high schools. 

District 30’s Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) has been an integral part of the school community for over 21 years.  With the support of Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, the group continues to follow its mission of “promoting responsibility to improve and preserve the environment.” In the past year at District 30 schools, the EAC has upheld Trashless Lunch Tuesdays, Walk and Bike to School Days, recycling and reducing waste, no idling initiatives, monarch butterfly conservation efforts, prairie garden education, and flower and tree plantings.

Last April, Earth Day assemblies brought experts to the schools to discuss and encourage students to consider positive changes as they become more aware of the interrelationship between humans, animals and the environment.  In 2017, Earth Day assemblies will further educate students on “Animals and the Environment.”  For the second year, there was a “Green Challenge”, which involved students taking one green challenge a day during Earth Week, for example, to use less water. On Arbor Day, the Glenview Lions generously presented tree saplings to all fourth grade students, as part of a national forester’s program designed to educate fourth graders about the importance of trees in maintaining a healthy and viable environment.

Currently, the prairie and vegetable gardens at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools are being enhanced to provide an even more effective educational learning space for the children. In addition, a butterfly garden is also being developed to help save the endangered Monarch butterfly and other pollinating insects, that are crucial to the world’s food supply!

To kick-off the 2016-2017 school year, the EAC arranged for every child in the District to receive a reusable sandwich-size lunch bag (dubbed ReUsies) in his/her student information packet.  Community members can continue to stay current regarding the Environmental Awareness Committee’s activities through the school year at www.district30.org.

 

Recycle, Reduce and Reuse Everyday!

#1 Goal:  “Focus on inspiring or continuing good habits of recycling, and taking these habits one step further in 2016.” - District 30’s Environmental Awareness Committee

Recycling Adds Up to Energy Savings

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for two hours, power a computer for three hours and light a 100 watt lightbulb for 20 hours.  For recycling ideas, go to www.recyclingfactsguide.com/recycling-resolutions

Environmental Awareness Committee member, Sarah Sanford collected the last of the snack bags at Maple School on June 9, 2016. They were recycled through Terracycle this past summer.

Thank you to the whole community for support of this important effort! Hundreds of pounds of snack bags collected at District 30 schools will now be recycled instead of dumped in a landfill!

Read more about TerraCycle at https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/

Northbrook and Glenview Residents Have Rain Barrel Option

The Village of Glenview has a partnership with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s free rain barrel program. Residents are eligible to qualify for up to four rain barrels per property.  The barrels come with necessary accessories.  Delivery can take five weeks. For more information, call (847) 904-4371.

Residents can read about Northbrook’s new Rain Barrel program, in the June issue of the Village of Northbrook newsletter or click this link: http://www.northbrook.il.us/index.aspx?page=415

 

 

Help District 30 Keep Snack Bags Out of Landfills!

According to Sodexo Food Services, hundreds of snack bags are sold in the lunchrooms per day at District 30 schools. To help reduce waste in landfills, the district embarked on the Snack Bag Brigade recycling program with TerraCycle in 2016. This is a free recycling program for snack bags. Families with snack bags from any brand can send them in with their students for recycling in the lunchroom.

Accepted waste:
1. Family-size snack bags
2. individual snack bags
3. multi-pack snack bagsTerraCycle is a highly-awarded, international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products.TerraCycle is widely considered the world’s leader in the col