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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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
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@amy_hua

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11/30 Meeting Summary

We had a Green Club meeting after a string of no school days. It felt great to get back to business!

We took a break from project planning to work with our local branch of Citizens Climate Lobby, an organization dedicated to promoting legislation on environmentalism, by motivating our legislators to act on climate change.

We wrote a total of eleven letters to our newly elected Senator Tammy Baldwin, encouraging her to make legislation on climate change one of her top priorities. Mr. Grady discussed the proposed carbon tax, and many members asked Tammy to consider its implementation and help generate publicity on it. We also wrote about what global warming means to us personally and why we care, and we learned about how climate change has affected our local area.

Meanwhile, some of our club members worked on procuring “Remember…These Come from Trees” stickers for the new paper towel dispensers West High School implemented. (Thanks, Eli, for taking the initiative!) Green Club hopes to fundraise enough to get hand dryers for the school, a green alternative to using paper products. More updates to come on this project!

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“These Come from Trees” stickers on paper towel dispensers at West High School.

Cheers,

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


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Taking Action!

The quest to increase environmental awareness is more important than ever. Global temperatures are rising, populations are increasing, waste is accumulating, and we’re still drilling for oil and mining for coal. Our selfish practices are unethical, and our planet is suffering as a result.

Okay, enough negativity! What can we do about this? TAKE ACTION! We can’t talk the talk and not walk the walk.

A group of students at Madison West High School share a common goal: to green our ancient and inefficient building while raising awareness and increasing green activism within our school and local communities. Previous projects include electronic recycling drives, raising awareness about our school’s energy consumption, bike mile challenges, putting up a live meter to gauge energy consumption, and a “Green Week” event – during which we asked teachers to use half lights, pull up the blinds, and turn off technology when not in use (including SmartBoards and computers). In four days, our school ended up saving $400 in energy costs and reduced its energy consumption by over 10 percent! We have plenty of plans for next year; they’ll get posted soon. 🙂

The Madison West High Green Club has created this blog to promote environmental awareness within our community and to let everyone know what we’re up to. Check back often for more updates! Feel free to email us at mwhgreenclub@gmail.com with questions and feedback!

Madison West High Green Club