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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Green Energy 2013: Summary and Pictures

Madison West High School won the 2013 Green Energy Competition against Memorial! Nice work everyone! The amount of support and participation from the student body – the head principal making announcements, teachers shutting off their lights, 400+ students pledging to help out, members of Green Club religiously manning the pledge station, and students reminding teachers to shut off the lights and helping with blind opening – was FANTASTIC!

One of the major challenges with a school-wide competition is to harness enough momentum to plow through the week. Let’s briefly examine our numbers:

Day Date of Competion kWh Competition Day Baseline Date kWh Baseline Day Difference % Change from Baseline Avoided Carbon (metric tons) Avoided Cost
(7am-5pm) (7am-5pm) (metric tons) (assuming $0.12/kWh)
TUESDAY 2/12/13 3136.68 2/14/12 3855.81 -719.13 -18.65% -0.54 -86.30 -0.11
WEDNESDAY 2/13/13 3200.95 2/15/12 3748.40 -547.45 -14.60% -0.41 -65.69 -0.08
THURSDAY 2/14/13 3251.02 2/16/12 3808.88 -557.86 -14.65% -0.42 -66.94 -0.08
FRIDAY 2/15/13 3142.32 2/17/12 3771.08 -628.76 -16.67% -0.47 -75.45 -0.09
OVERALL 2/12/13-2/15/13 12730.97 2/14/12-2/17/12 15184.17 -2453.20 -16.16% -1.85 -294.38 -0.36
TOTAL BOTH SCHOOLS 2/12/13-2/15/13 30345.63 2/14/12-2/17/12 34224.35 -3878.72 -11.33% -2.93 -465.45 -0.58  

On the first day, we reduced our electricity consumption by 18.65% in relation to 2/13/2012. We were all pretty excited, but could we keep it up?

We sure did; on both Wednesday and Thursday, we remained at a constant 14% reduction. In relation to last year’s Green Week, we slowly died down over the week – but this year, we remained constant.

Then, on Friday, we went back up to 16.67% reduction in relation to 2/17/2012 – we were able to further reduce our energy consumption!

On the Facebook page, students reported that they enjoyed having fewer lights on. Classrooms felt more “relaxing” and both teachers and students realized that several light sources in our building really don’t need to be on. Our hope is that people will continue to maintain their pledges and that teachers will continue to use reduced lighting, as our school saved a total of $294.38 just by cutting a few lights.

Between West and Memorial, 3878.72 kWh of energy were NOT used. Therefore, we avoided 2.93 metric tons of carbon emissions. This is the equivalent of taking a car off the road for MORE THAN HALF A YEAR. We shut off some lights, saved money, and helped the planet.

It wasn’t that hard; we just have to make this a habit. Hallways were just fine to walk in with reduced lights:

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gec2013-8     Classrooms were more than visible:

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We got over 400+ pledges:

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AND, we had a ton of fun making this happen:

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On behalf of the Madison West Green Club:

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THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN! Incredible things (like this) are only possible when we come together and work hard. In the words of Ghandi (and the excellent reminders in Mr. Grady’s classroom):

we must be the change we wish to see in this world.

Cheers!

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

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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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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


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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