As the school year winds to a close with final exams right around the corner, the Environmental Club was able to finally spare enough time at our last club meeting of the year to complete our bottle cap mural. It now sits framed in Mrs. Kramer's Environmental Science classroom to be appreciated by future environmental science students.
For World Water Day, March 22nd, Environmental Club hosted a blind water taste test and water bottle competition in the Upper School. Students were able to taste 6 different waters (including several brands of bottled and a sample of the school's tap water) and results were analyzed and shared with the student body. Interestingly, there was no statistical difference owonf preference between the tap and several brands of bottled water. The only significant result was that the student's strongly disliked Deer Park brand! The Junior class won brownies for having brought the most reuseable drinking containers to school. Our goal is to continue both of these events in the future so that the student body reduces it's plastic water bottle consumption.
In advance of Earth Day, which took place during our Easter break this year, the Environmental Club planted a new Pollinator Garden at the front of the Upper School (full of native plants) as well as several new winterberry bushes near our Red Bud tree from our Arbor Day planting. Meanwhile, Ms. Varat's 5th grade classes have been fully utilizing the new Wetland Lab to explore macrofauna and native plants here on campus. Future Environmental Club members hopefully!
CCES welcomed the addition of the Atlas Organics commercial composting program to our campus cafeterias this January.
CCES is focusing on food waste! Senior Rhett Adams started a campaign to incorporate composting campus wide last spring and at the beginning of the spring semester Atlas Organics' Director of Education, Leslie Rodgers, joined us for several days to assist with training the student body in how to reduce their personal food waste through composting. The response to the program has been great!
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Recycle Bowl, Terracycling, new faces and more!
We had another busy start to the year with Environmental Club! Once again Environmental Club members and Environmental Class students combined forces to weigh the recycling throughout the Upper School weekly during the month of October as part of Keep America Beautiful's national Recycle Bowl competition. Students went above and beyond to spread the word about what can and cannot be recycled through our recycling provider by posting informative/promotional posters around the building.
Mrs. Kramer went on maternity leave in early November and Mrs. Cathy Foster took over as interim Club leader! Under her leadership students collected student waste that we do not traditionally recycle in order to send to Terracycle for America Recycle's Day and on SC Arbor Day club members planted a Red Bud tree near the campus gardens. Big plans underway for the spring!