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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Electronic Recycling Drive – April 20, 2013

As you can see by the countdown on the left hand sidebar, there will be an ELECTRONIC RECYCLING DRIVE this SATURDAY APRIL 20 from 8AM-1PM. This event will take place at the MADISON WEST HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER’S PARKING LOT located at the intersection of VAN HISE AVE and HIGHLAND.

As a rule of thumb, we will accept ANYTHING WITH A PLUG THAT ACCEPTS BATTERIES UNDER 75 LBS. If you have questions, feel free to send an email to mwhgreenclub@gmail.com.

This fundraiser is a huge deal because we’re trying to raise money for a school green house! We’re asking for a suggested minimum donation of $10. Note that there is a mandatory fee of $15 for small TVs and $30 for large TVs. Last year, we managed to prevent over 2 tons of electronic waste from going into landfills. Let’s make it 5 tons this year!

Below is a list of accepted items. Please send an email to mwhgreenclub@gmail.com if you have an item that you’re concerned will not be accepted.

  • Computers

  • Laptops

  • Printers (desktop only)

  • Servers

  • Cables & cable boxes

  • Computer peripherals

  • Computer parts

  • Cash registers

  • Cellular phones

  • Computer peripherals

  • All computer parts

  • Christmas lights

  • Copiers

  • Cords

  • CRT monitors

  • DVD players

  • External drives (all types)

  • Fax machines & scanners

  • Keyboards

  • LCD monitors

  • Mice & pointing devices

  • MP3 players & iPods, etc.

  • Networking equipment

  • PDAs

  • Printer & toner cartridges

  • Projectors

  • Satellite dishes

  • Stereos

  • Typewriters

  • UPS units (Uninterruptible Power Supplies)

  • VCRs

  • Video game consoles

  • Microwaves
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Batteries

    We are able to recycle TVs up to 75 pounds with a mandatory fee.

  •    Small TVs – 0 – 24 pounds:  $15   
  •     Large TVs – 25 – 75 pounds:  $30
    We cannot accept Console TVs 

See you Saturday! Again, feel free to email with questions.


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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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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