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EAC News Briefs: Northfield Township Road District Recycling Services Summer Schedule

District 30's EAC Wishes Everyone a Safe, Eco-Friendly and Fun Summer

May 23, 2017

District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee continues to follow its mission of “promoting responsibility to improve and preserve the environment.”

District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee continues to follow its mission of “promoting responsibility to improve and preserve the environment.”

For weekly updates on upcoming environmental and Go Green Northbrook-sponsored events go to https://gogreennorthbrook.org/

District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee's next meeting takes place at 8:30 a.m., August 14 at the Harry P. Rossi Administration Offices. For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Hirsch at 847-498-4190.

A Willowbrook School kindergartner created this drawing and message, "Help the Earth Please."

Maple Summer School Primary Science Class Suggests How to Save the Earth

Maple Summer School first and second grade Primary Scientists have a few great ideas on how to help save Mother Earth. Suggestions include walking instead of riding in a car; planting a tree or flowers; recycling; and picking up litter.

What You Can Do About Climate Change https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/03/upshot/what-you-can-do-about-climate-change.html?_r=0


Northfield Township Road District Recycling Services Summer Schedule

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

In addition to weekday recycling, the Road District also hosts off-site recycling and paper shredding events at locations around the community. The current schedule of special events, published on the Road District’s website, includes the following dates:

  • July 22 at the Glenview Farmer’s Market at Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Road, 8:00am to noon
  • August 19 behind Northbrook's Village Hall, 1225 Cedar Lane., 9:00am to 1:00pm
  • September 16 and October 28 at the Road District garage, 1928 Lehigh Avenue in Glenview, 9:00am to 1:00pm.

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


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 Advisory Class Creates Environmental Video

"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, beginning on December 8. 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 collection and reuse of non-recyclable, post-consumer waste.Environmental Awareness Committee member, Tara Wesselink wore a "snack bag hat" while showing the students where to recycle their snack bags at Wescott School.

TerraCycle works with more than 100 major brands in the U.S. and 22 countries overseas to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers.

Environmental Awareness Committee member, Sarah Sanford helps Lucio Castrejon collect snack bags for recycling in Wescott's lunchroom.Wescott students participated in recycling snack bags for the first time last year.

Go Green's Rob Sulski shows Wescott third graders the proper way to remove a plant from its container.

Wescott Garden’s Makeover Includes Native Prairie Plants

On November 17, Northbrook’s modern-day “Johnny Appleseed”, Rob Sulski, arrived at Wescott School’s prairie garden in his pick-up truck filled with native prairie plants, which were raised in his home garden. Despite grey skies which threatened rain, Go Green Northbrook’s Sulski patiently showed Wescott School third and fourth graders the best way to remove a plant from a container by turning it upside down and gently tapping the bottom; then how to set it gently into the ground, and cover it up with the surrounding soil. The planting project also coincides with the students’ current science curriculum that focuses on plants and living environments.

In September 2015, Go Green Northbrook’s Tracey Becker, who is also a District 30 Environmental Awareness Committee member, announced that the $5,000 United Eco-Skies grant that the organization had applied for was approved, which meant that Go Green could use the funds to promote sustainability and environmental education at Wescott School and Glenbrook North High School gardens. Each year, United’s Eco-Skies community grant program awards $50,000 across 10 non-profit organizations.

This garden restoration project is being coordinated by Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Melissa Hirsch and the District 30 Environmental Awareness Committee; Math and Science Coordinator, Kery Obradovich; Rob Sulski and Tracey Becker.  Sulski is also President of Foot Stone Inc., a full-service, sustainable land and water resources restoration and management company.



Environmental Awareness Committee member Sarah Sanford helps clear brush from the Wescott prairie garden.