There are some exciting things we have coming up on Williston Earth Day, which is this Thursday. Tuesday was the true Earth day, but because we don’t have classes that day we decided to make Williston Earth Day this Thursday. On Thursday at 2:45 we plan to open up the garden for the first time this spring and anyone can come and help out. Also on Thursday the school store will be offering a discount on re-usable items like water bottles, re-usable shopping bags, and re-usable mugs. This Sunday Mr. Lorenzatti will take students on a hike up Mt. Tom.
These activities will encourage people to appreciate the environment that we live in. The water bottles and re-usable items will encourage the use of more re-usable items and mindfulness of the waste we create. The hike will show people ways that we can enjoy the world we live in. All of these activities will educate people about the ways that we as a community and as individuals can make a difference. Our goal for Earth Day is to create good sustainable habits and teach people how to give back to the Earth.
The Green Cup Challenge has recently concluded and the results are in! Continue reading
Week 6 results
This weeks Ort Report measurements are the best so far! We weighed a total of 49.6 pounds of leftovers from students’ and teachers’ plates!
As always, we look forward to improving even more. Our improvements so far show that the students have become much more aware of the impact of their waste. We look forward to setting a specific goal for diners to reach!
This week Sustainable Life Club had collected and measured a total of 77.4 pounds of food waste for the Ort Report. Last week we had a startling amount of 55.8 pounds, 20 pounds less than this week. Hopefully week four measurements will help students and faculty at Williston aim to get around 55.8 pounds or less. Overall, the average of food waste for the past five weeks have averaged to 74.64 pounds. The first week had measured around 98 pounds, so the slope is continuing on a decreasing slant (see graph).
Although Ort Report is succeeding in helping students realize their impact on the environment through their food waste on Mondays, the measurements are inconsistent. The goal of the Ort Report is to help students be aware of their impact even when measurements are not taken throughout the week and try to create a consistent habits for students and faculty. Hopefully, over the last weeks of the Second Trimester, the average will continue to lower as we become more environmentally conscious, including days beyond Monday.
The Sustainable Life Club is going to go bird watching this Saturday! As a part of the Great Backyard Bird Count, we will be spending about an hour outside counting how many birds we see. The purpose of the Great Backyard Bird Count is to create and record an annual estimation of the abundance and distribution of birds across the country. Each participant, or group of participants, will count the birds and then report the amount of birds they saw. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a simple and easy way for people across the country to get outside, see nature, and help contribute to a study.
We will be leading a bird count of our own on campus this Saturday 2/15 at 11:00 am. We will be meeting in the dining hall, then walking around campus counting birds until about 12:00. All are invited! By participating in the bird count, we hope to give students the opportunity to appreciate nature and be scientists, recording their observations in a natural setting.