Environmental Awareness Committee NEWS: EAC Hosts "Our Changing Climate" Assemblies on March 22

Earth Hour is March 24

February 28, 2018

District 30’s Environmental Awareness Committee mission statement is to "promote responsibility to improve and preserve the environment."

District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee will meet next at 8:45 a.m., Thursday, March 22 at Wescott School.

Earth Hour is March 24

Earth Hour will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, the 12th year for the global initiative. The goal is to encourage an interconnected global community to support a sustainable world and raise awareness of environmental challenges. The movement asks individuals, businesses and governments to turn out their lights for one hour.

Glenview Lions to Present Fourth Grade Foresters' Program on April 27


Representatives from the Glenview Lions Club will be sharing information about tree care, Arbor Day, and will distribute saplings to fourth graders at Wescott and Willowbrook School on Arbor Day, Friday, April 27. The presentation for Wescott fourth graders will be held at 9:00 a.m, and Willowbrook fourth graders will receive their saplings at 11:00 a.m.

It’s become an annual activity, as Glenview Lions’ member, Terry Dooley has arranged for fourth graders at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools to receive tree saplings, courtesy of the Fourth Grade Foresters’ USA tree distribution initiative. The organization's goal is to revitalize the celebration of Arbor Day in America’s Schools. To date, Mr. Dooley says that the National Foresters have distributed over 677,280 saplings to students in 7,100 schools nationwide since 2007.  Mr. Dooley maintains, "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 breathe. Planting trees is a simple, inexpensive, and easy way to address the problem."

Save the Date:  Bike to School Day is May 9. Rain Date is May 11!

Please make plans for your student to bike (or walk) to school on International Bike to School Day, which is Wednesday, May 9.  The rain date is Friday, May 11. To make it more fun, arrange to bike with neighbors and friends.  An extra crossing guard will be stationed at Pfingsten/Techny Roads. 


If you live too far to walk or bike, drive to a nearby neighborhood and walk from there. Why is this important?  Exercise is great for the mind and body.  It actually improves concentration!  Also, biking verses driving leaves the air cleaner, which will help our kids breathe easier.


Questions?  Contact your Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) member (Wescott School: Tracey Becker; Willowbrook School: Sergei Sinelnikov; Maple School: Sarah Sanford).  Together, we can make a difference.

For more information about Bike to School Day go to

 EAC Hosts "Our Changing Climate" Assemblies on March 22

"We don't throw trash in the sea!" This important message was part of a song that elementary students learned during an assembly on climate change, that was organized in honor of Earth Day, which takes place on April 22 this year.

District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) hosted Mobile Ed Productions' presentation titled, "Our Changing Climate" on Thursday, March 22 at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools. 

For the younger students, "Dr. Exhaustus", aka Jeff Hoge, discussed ways in which individuals can take better care of the planet. One example was by taking heed of the three R's: Reduce, reuse, and recycle.

The older students heard about content elements and how they are all connected to the subject of climate change. Competing scientific points of view about climate change were presented, including the "sunspot theory," "natural causes", and the "greenhouse theory."

He discussed how wind turbines work, solar energy, hybrid cars that run on gas and electricity, and the importance of rainforests to the world.

"Every second a piece of the rainforest the size of a football field is chopped down. We lose about 31 million acres of rainforest each year," cited Mr. Hoge. 

The "Dr.'s" goal was to encourage students and teachers to further discuss the various aspects of this topic in their classrooms, using critical thinking to arrive at their own personal conclusions. The shows offered examples of how students can help the environment. While always maintaining the need to take the subject seriously, "Dr. Exhaustus" stressed the importance of a positive attitude, using simple humor to caution against alarm. His two puppets displayed the humorous side during the assemblies, Mr. Gleuwm and Mrs. Deuwm popped up out of a box throughout the assemblies yelling, "It's the end of the world!" and "There is no hope!"

At the end of the presentations, Mr. Hoge told inspiring stories of a boy who helped the rainforest and a woman who planted millions of trees.

He concluded by reminding the children that, "You are the future!"

For more information, contact EAC committee chair, Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch at 847-498-4190.

Spring Break Runs from March 26-April 3

District 30's Spring Break begins Monday, March 26, and school resumes on Tuesday, April 3. Note that April 2 is a reserved "snow day." The forecast for the next couple of weeks is mild and, unless an unexpected weather event occurs, school will resume after Spring Break on April 3.

Wescott School Fourth Graders Present Videos on Energy and Fuels at EAC Meeting

On February 22, sixteen Wescott School fourth grade students were chosen to research and present their videos on energy and fossil fuels during a District 30 Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) meeting with Dr. Melissa Hirsch. Their teachers, who helped coordinate the projects include Jane Eilhauer, Julie Molay, Michele Maisel, and Jessica Schutz.

Under Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) performance expectations, the children obtained and combined information to describe how energy and fuels derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment. They also generated and compared multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.

The kids had continuous support from science coordinators, librarians, technology integration specialists, and support staff. They analyzed primary source images for each energy resource to generate research questions and learned basics about each energy. They worked in groups researching one of six renewable or nonrenewable resources. Students consulted with energy expert David Wilms to answer questions they had about energy.

They wrote scripts to demonstrate and share their knowledge of their energy. They used Apple Clips app to film energy commercials on electricity, coal, solar energy, and oil. As they viewed their prepared commercials, they completed a T-chart to compare each energy source.

After the presentation, Math and Science Coordinator Kery Obradovich, Wescott Librarian Margaret Janavicius, Library assistant Joan Marsh, and Technology Integration Specialist Anna Davis answered questions about the children’s research, which were posed by EAC members. Director of Educational Technology Andrew Kohl and Principal Chris Brown were also on hand to answer questions.

Check out Movie "Just Eat It" Which Features Food Waste in America

 In the film "Just Eat It," filmmakers and food lovers dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking.  (IMDB) To watch the film, click on this link




From Go Green Northbrook: 

Upcoming Events

Ways to enjoy, learn & appreciate our world!

Find more information by clicking on the underlined links or on our website.

Saturday, March 23 The Good Food EXPO, UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608
The all-day Good Food Festival on Saturday gives families and individuals the opportunity to learn directly from experienced farmers and gardeners in our Organic Valley Good Food Commons; hear from thought leader panelists about the future of our agricultural system; watch chef demos highlighting local food; and engage with more than 100 farmer, food business, and non-profit exhibitors at the Good Food Marketplace. Register here.  

Looking ahead:

Sunday, April 8, 1-5pm The True Cost Documentary and Fair, Audiorium, Northbrook Public Library

Tuesday, April 10 (Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, Illinois) & Thursday, April 12 (Trinity High School, 7574 Division Street, River Forest, Illinois.), 7-8:30pm - Engineered Foods, Glyphosate Toxicity and Your Health

Saturday, April 14, 12-5pm Band of Farmers Arlington Heights CSA ExpoArlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

Monday, April 16, 7pm -Bees, Honey, and You, Pollak Room, Northbrook Public Library

Tuesday, April 24, 7-8pmEnvironmental Book Club (Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution by Peter Kalmus), Civic Room, Northbrook Public Library


Plan Your Green Apple Day this Spring

Green Apple Day of Service was a global success this fall - let's keep the momentum going! Illinois Green Alliance (formerly USGBC-Illinois) and the Center for Green Schools invite you to participate in the 6th annual Green Apple Day of Service!  As you may have heard, this year’s Green Apple Day of Service is on the day you choose. You schedule your project on your time!

By participating in Green Apple Day of Service, you join an international commitment to recognize and celebrate the central role that schools play in preparing the next global sustainability leaders. Click here to learn more about Green Apple Day of Service and to register your project.