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Ort Report Week 1

Students from the Sustainable Life Club help collect waste
Students from the Sustainable Life Club help collect waste

The first Ort Report was this Monday and the results are in! We produced 98 pounds of waste! We are thankful for the students’ cooperation with us as we collected the food waste! There were many people with clean plates! Hopefully students and teachers continue to reduce their food waste and remain conscious of their impact on the environment!

Although we did a great job, we hope to improve in the future. The 11:15-11:50 lunch block wasn’t covered, but we will be covering that time next week. This may affect our results by making the total weight less than it should be, but over the next couple of weeks we will be developing a baseline to see how much we regularly use.

We look forward to conserving food waste on Mondays with the community!

Green Cup Challenge and Ort Report Ahead!

194 Main Street Sunrise

Have you thought recently about your impact on the environment?

The Sustainable Life Club is building new initiatives to help students become more mindful of the environment. We’re planning the annual Green Cup Challenge and the new Ort Report, which we hope will help students form better habits, leading to greater awareness of their impact on the earth. Continue reading

From Gutter To Ground

I really love carrots. Sweet and crunchy, they make a delicious snack fresh from the garden. “Wouldn’t it be great if we could harvest carrots before the school year ends?” I proposed to the Sustainable Life Club when we were planning what to plant for spring. Wondering how we could start to grow carrots even when it was too cold outside for the carrots to germinate, Ms. Lucia, the club advisor, gave the idea of planting carrots in gutters.   Continue reading

About Community Sustainability

Even on busy days, I love to take some time to study outside and enjoy the nature.

Bustling Wednesday lunches, an exhausting swimming practice, several long hours in the library, and studying for the next math test make our daily life seem like it is on the brim of its maximum capacity. Constantly running from class to class, with a paper in hand, cramming for the English vocabulary test next period, sometimes we are so busy doing what is assigned to us that we forget what we do best: caring.

Caring for each other happens: we somehow find a little time to take a break and relax with someone and get to know how that person is really doing. Our caring for each other makes Williston a community of connected people, able to lend a hand when necessary.

Often overlooked, but just as important, is how our community cares for the environment. We already live very sustainably because many of us live in dorms, walk to school, and eat in a communal dining hall. Even though we seem to live sustainably, we still use a lot of resources. In order to reduce our resource consumption and reduce the amount of bills the business office has to pay, our school has implemented many low-impact appliances and systems. For example, we have fluorescent lighting in the lampposts around campus, geothermal heating in 194, and composting in the dining hall.

The purpose of this blog is to highlight those things that the community is doing to live more sustainably by educating the public. Christian Knapp, Evan Jacobson, and I will be using this blog as a system of educating the public about the environment and, more specifically, what our school is doing to live in greater harmony with the earth. Continue reading