GISSV's Green Team met to discuss ideas for actions and activities that will help GISSV be greener and help us all be better environmental stewards.
More than 20 GISSV students, teachers, staff, and parents of the Green Team in Mountain View and San Francisco met last week to discuss ideas for actions and activities that will help GISSV be greener and help us all be better environmental stewards.
Among the highlights of the meeting:
- Paper and Energy Challenge: Three Elementary School classes walked away with the first, second, and third place prizes in the fall challenge. Another challenge may be forthcoming in the spring to see whether the Middle and High School students can step up their game or if the Elementary students will best the Middle and High School students yet again.
- Eco-Journalists Group: Students formed the Eco-Journalists Group in the fall and have published their first articles on the Eco-School web page. The Eco-Journalists meet every Tuesday with Ms. Jeleniowski to discuss story ideas. The group is also working on the Green Team pages for the yearbook. And some of them may be entering their work in reporting competitions. Interested in joining in? Contact email@example.com.
- Expand Walk-and-Bike-to-School Day: Walking, cycling, or taking public transportation to school is difficult for some students who commute 10 miles or more to GISSV. The Green Team vote to reduce the frequency of Walk-and-Bike-to-School Days to the first Thursday of the month, instead of every Thursday, and would like to implement 11th grader Marc Fischer's idea to turn it into a "Green Day" in which everyone can take part in some way. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help organize.
- Students for Green High Schools Conference: For the first time, GISSV was represented at this annual conference, which offers an opportunity for high school students who participate in their school's green team to exchange ideas and lessons learned. Check out 9th grader Mila Quiñonero Koch's story about the key takeaways from the conference.
The next schoolwide Green Team meeting is scheduled on Thursday, March 22. Joining the Green Team offers a great way to do good for the environment—and get volunteer hours in the process. To join or for more info, contact email@example.com
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