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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9/21 Meeting Summary

We had an excellent and productive second meeting. There were many returnees from last week – hurrah! Please be sure to continue attending meetings; the more you come, the more we get done, and the more fun it is for everyone!

9/21 Agenda

1) Finished Mission Statement work

  • “The Madison West Green Club aims to green our school, our local community, and ourselves.”
  • It’s hard to finalize mission statements; we’ll probably keep playing with this for the next few weeks.

2) Introduced the Committees (Recycling, Outreach, Composting, and Bike Mile Challenge)

3) Broke off into Committees and met as groups


  • Discussed how we can get bins for the LMC – UW SWAP Program?
  • Discussed West recycling rumor (that items in recycling bins are going into the garbage)
    • EDIT: The rumor that West High doesn’t recycle anymore due to budget cuts has been debunked officially! West has NOT terminated its recycling policy, and will continue to separate waste and recycled materials. However, when Green Club examined West’s trash vs. recycling bin content, we did notice an alarming amount of non-recyclable materials in the recycling bin. (For example, Hallie noticed that in many recycling bins, people had placed non-empty soda bottles; the soda ended up spilling into the bin and, thus, prevented the entire recycling sample from being recycled.) We urge all to recycle responsibly!
  • Created list of items that we want to recycle (batteries, cell phones, ink cartridges, newspaper, pens/pencils, newspapers)
  • Decided to make “what we can recycle” and “what we can’t recycle” lists for school recycling bins


  • Discussed visiting local elementary and middle school after school programs and working with their green clubs (if they have one) or helping set up one
  • Created list of ideas to help young students with their respective People.Power.Planet (and other green) projects


  • The compost group is working on research to get this project up and running. The following projects were assigned to people: compost bin price and MMSD policies on composting.

Bike Mile Challenge

  • Discussed methods to improve project logistics (such as waterproof numbered bike stickers to more easily and efficiently track Bike Mile Challenge participants)

Projected 9/28 Agenda:

  • Talk about group contributions/communication
  • Committees report on work done
  • Committee work