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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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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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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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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9/14 Meeting Summary

After much pondering about what would be the most effective way to communicate, we decided to post our Friday meeting summaries here. Not only will they be easier to access, but they will also be public – so everyone can reach out to us with feedback!

Our first meeting was fantastic; we had an excellent turnout! It was  great to see so many new (and returning) faces, but most importantly, a ton of energy and many ideas! We are so excited for this year – we definitely have the capacity to accomplish a ton and make a big impact on our local communities (whether it’s inside or outside West High School).


9/14 Agenda:

1) Introduction

  • Mr. Grady, head advisor
  • Amy and Sevahn, president and vice president

2) 2011-12 Accomplishments

  • Click here to see the PowerPoint!

3) Brainstormed the projects we want to carry out this year. Here’s what we brainstormed (no, we’re not doing all of this!):

  • Green our school
  • Spread awareness about West’s green activities to community
  • Incorporate community (not just including West)
  • Collaborate with local organizations such as Sustain Dane and Citizens Climate Lobby
  • Spread awareness about environmental and climate change issues in general
  • Get local small businesses involved
  • Write grants to fund solar panels and other potential projects
  • Acquire powerful hand dryers and install in West bathrooms
  • Compost
  • Have more clean-up/trash pick-up days
  • Establish better-labeled trash/recycling bins
    • Contact waste management
  • Green lunch room (replace plates, have fresher food options)
  • Build a rooftop garden
  • Offset carbon expenditure
  • Pursue Madison Metropolitan School District funding for our projects
  • Establish committees to work on specific projects; ideas include:
    • Outreach
    • Recycling
    • Composting
    • Grant
    • Energy Conservation/Renewable Energy

4) Discussed mission statement ideas and goals


Projected 9/21 agenda:

1) Finish up the mission statement

2) Form committees and start outlining work in groups
That’s all for now! Feel free to email us with questions or ideas. See you on Friday!

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