Madison West Green Club

The experiences of the Green Club at Madison West High School in Madison, Wisconsin as we green our school and community. Join us on our journey to sustainability!


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West High in the Lead!

Fantastic job, everybody – students, teachers, custodial/maintenance staff, and everyone else involved in the Green Energy Competition between West and Memorial! The competition started Tuesday and tomorrow (Friday) will be the last day.

So far, we have collected nearly 400 pledges to help West conserve energy – way to go, Regents! Tomorrow will be the last day to pledge to conserve energy at West (and be green in general), so stop by the Ash Street entrance before school and during lunch to sign up! It’s really simple; all you need to do is pledge to, for example, turn off lights in all your classrooms or remind teachers to turn down their thermostats. You get a sticker and magnet just for pledging!

On Tuesday, West consumed nearly 19% less energy (or 720 kilowatt-hours) than it did last year in February, while Memorial reduced their school’s energy consumption by about 6%.

WEST (02/12):

February 12, 2013 (7am-5pm) February 14, 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference % Change from baseline
3,136.68 kWh 3,855.81 kWh -719.13 kWh 18.65% decrease

MEMORIAL (02/12):

February 12, 2013 (7am-5pm) February 14, 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference % Change from baseline
4,404.61 kWh 4,665.42 kWh -260.81 kWh 5.59% decrease

Yesterday, West remained in the lead with a 15% reduction in energy reduction (550 kilowatt-hours), and Memorial reduced theirs by 8%.

WEST (02/13):

February 13, 2013 (7am-5pm) February 15, 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference % Change from baseline
3,200.95 kWh 3,748.40 kWh -547.45 kWh 14.6% decrease

MEMORIAL (02/13):

February 13, 2013 (7am-5pm) February 15, 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference % Change from baseline
4,408.86 kWh 4,782.12 kWh -373.26 kWh 7.8%

And, overall, West remains in the lead with a 10% margin, so let’s continue our efforts and keep up the momentum, West!

OVERALL WEST (02/12 and 02/13):

Electricity Use 2013 (7am-5pm) Electricity Use 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference % Change from baseline
6,337.63 kWh 7,604.21 kWh 1,266.58 kWh 16.7% decrease

OVERALL MEMORIAL (02/12 and 02/13):

Electricity Use 2013 (7am-5pm) Electricity Use 2012 (7am-5pm) Difference %Change from baseline
8,813.47 kWh 9,447.54 kWh -634.07 kWh 6.7%

We are on our way to winning the Green Energy Competition, but Memorial’s catching up to us fast! Let’s make sure they don’t close in on our margin of victory!

Stay green,
Amy Hua
amy.h.hua@gmail.com


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Green Energy Competition!

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Get ready for the 2013 Green Energy Competition between West High and Memorial High! The school that reduces its school-day energy consumption by the largest margin over Tuesday, February 12th to Friday, February 15th will receive a grant of money to further green the school.

To help us win, Green Club developed a pledge drive to directly involve the student body and staff; the Pledge Drive started yesterday (February 6th) and will continue until next Friday (February 15th). In just two days, we have collected nearly 150 pledges from students and teachers at West! Popular pledges include reminding teachers to turn off their lights, dressing in layers so teachers can turn down the thermostat, helping teachers pull up blinds to use natural light, and volunteering to turn off computers after school.

If you haven’t yet pledged to help Green Club win the Green Energy Competition, no worries! We’ll be at the Ash Street entrance before school and during lunch all through next Friday, February 15th, so hope to see you there! Also, help us spread the word by telling your friends and teachers about the Competition and by inviting your friends to join the official Facebook event.

Feel free to email us at mwhgreenclub@gmail.com if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or ideas!

See everyone at the Pledge Drive, and let’s win the Green Energy Competition for West!!
Amy Hua


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1/31 Meeting with Holmes (just Amy & Sevahn)

Amy and I had a meeting with Mr. Holmes today to discuss our upcoming Green Energy Competition against Memorial, and we want everyone to be on the same page (here are the meeting notes).

Agenda:
1) permission to reduce hallway lights (talk to custodians)
2) announcement to address students and teachers
3) teacher involvement
4) heaters ==> have the teachers turn the thermostats down!

To Do:
Monday 2/4 (afterschool): Amy and Sevahn will talk to the custodians to get some over-lighted rooms shut off
Thursday 2/7 (lunch): GROUP MEETING IN MR. MERLINE’S ROOM! BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!
finalize plans for following week and pledge stuff
Friday 2/8 (2nd half of day): Attend the Midwinter Aud to scout and see if the Steven’s Gym is still over lighted.

we need people on ash before school/during lunch during 2/6-2/8 & 2/11-2/14 to collect pledges. please stick to your shift (or else…)! we’ll have a signup on face book and at the meeting tomorrow.

Cozy Sweater idea/equivalent.

We will have some goodies (announced at meeting, not blog) to keep the enthusiasm going 😉

See you at the meeting tomorrow – please be there – If we really want to win the $3,000 – we’re really going to have to work to get this!

Amy & Sevahn
amy.h.hua@gmail.com & kayaneh@gmail.com


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1/18 Meeting Summary

What an excellent and productive meeting today! Huge thanks to all that came and contributed – we WILL beat Memorial! 😉 The enthusiasm and creativity was fantastic; we generated several brilliant ideas!

Here’s what we discussed:

  • Pledges for Teachers and Students (they shall not be named here for obvious reasons)
  • School Wide Facebook Event
  • Methods for people to commit to their pledge
  • How to target teachers to help set the role model
  • How we want to make this a fun event for everyone (anyone want to wear green capes during the competition, as Nick R suggested? 😉 )
  • How to get the word out and spread awareness
  • Table on Ash to collect pledges and give out rewards for pledging (during the week of the competition (Feb 12-15) and the Thursday and Friday before the competition)

Post the comments and ideas to the Facebook group! This post was intentionally kept rather vague. Feel free to email us with questions!

Sevahn: kayaneh@gmail.com
Amy: amy.h.hua@gmail.com


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RECYCLING CENTERS!

Alrighty  – I’ve been snapping pictures of effective recycling centers, so I’m going to post them all here, and we can have a discussion about why/how they’re effective during our next meeting. Additionally, think about how we can model this at West, so that we don’t have mixed recycling/garbage in every single recycling or garbage bin.
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This was taken at a café in Chicago. Look how people actually respected the signs:

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The street recycling system in Chicago. Note the specialized holes for each item in the recycling bin, and how people have to push a flap to throw stuff out (aka it’s easier to recycle your can than throw it out)
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Here’s the recycling center at Whole Foods in Madison. We’re 80 percent of the way there to having a similar set up in our West High LMC Recycling Center.

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Here’s the trash system at Whole Foods in Madison. Note how they have pictures, descriptions, and even EXAMPLES of what you can throw out in each bin. People respected the signs here too!

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Based off what you see here, what do you think we should take from these successful recycling systems and implement at West? Either comment with your ideas here, post it on the Facebook page, email me, or bring it to our next meeting!

I enjoyed taking all of these pictures! Perhaps I’ll also do a post with unsuccessful systems – or post pictures of how our school’s current “recycling” system is a failure and how we’re going to fix it.

Sevahn
kayaneh@gmail.com


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No Meeting on 12/21!

There unfortunately will be no Green Club meeting tomorrow. Amy and I wanted to bring everyone cookies, but since school is cancelled, we’ll bring them to our next meeting – both to celebrate our 2012 accomplishments and plans for 2013.

Happy to say that the snow on our blog is happening outside the window as I write this, but the weather is definitely frightful – we all need to be aware of our actions and how they are impacting our environment. According to NPR, household waste increases by 40 percent during the holidays; I’m definitely keeping that in mind with all of the festivities I take part in, and pass it along to others! There are plenty of ways to celebrate greenly 😉

Happy holidays and enjoy the snow! We can’t wait for 2013! We’re going to start the year off with a bang – first week back, we plan to launch the LMC recycling center, and then we’re off to an energy showdown with Memorial High School (we all know who is going to win: WEST!).

Stay warm, and see you in the new year. Feel free to email Amy or myself with questions, comments, or ideas for the new year!

Sevahn Vorperian
kayaneh@gmail.com


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Snow!!

Happy holidays! Check out the snow on our blog!

Even though we’re in Wisconsin and it’s already December, we’re experiencing unusually warm weather. A lot of people are hoping fervently for snow, but with all these erratic weather patterns around the world (hmm…could it possibly have something to do with global warming?!), we’ll just have to see…

Amy Hua
amy.h.hua@gmail.com
@amy_hua