Here is the summary of the green committee's proposed activities: More information to come.
Recycling Refresh in the Cafeteria – Sept 20th - Update
The students were shown a short recycling video -What happens at the MRF (Material Recovery Facility); https://youtu.be/Zh4F3sZNLqA. The waste reduction program is off to a productive start thanks to an amazing team effort between students, custodians, administration, and parent volunteers! The students were enthusiastic and quickly adapted to the 3 sorting stations for compost, recycling, and trash. With the recycling program back in place, we will see a reduction in waste and will report back on our progress as a school community. Thank you for doing your part to reduce waste, and together we can all make a difference! A big thank you to all the green volunteers that helped us with this activity!
National Walk, Bike & Roll Day – Oct 12th
The Green Committee will encourage students to bike, walk or roll to school on this day (weather permitting) and register the school on the website www.walkbiketoschool.org as a participating CT school.
EMS Sneaker Drive - Oct 16th-20th
In conjunction with the EMS 10th Annual GatorWalk, the EMS Green Schools Committee is hosting a sneaker drive beginning on Monday, October 16th through Friday, October 20th. Support your students during the GatorWalk while promoting the importance of recycling. Together, we can all make a difference by recycling waste in our community.
National Recycling Day – Nov 15th
Holiday Drive – Jan
The Green Committee will have a blue bin for parents/staff to drop off the unwanted light strands at the main door (7th-grade entrance). A green volunteer drops all lights off at Holy Hill for proper recycling. We accept holiday lights that no longer work.
Waste Recycling Refresh in the Cafeteria – Jan 26, 27 & 30
Come to the school lunch and volunteer with PTAC Green Schools, Waste Free Greenwich, and EMS Green Committee in the cafeteria on January 26th, 27th, and 30th to help reinforce our waste reduction program.
Volunteers will guide students to sort the waste in its correct bins following the new signages. Help us to remind our kids of our recycling rules! You can choose 1 or 2 shifts per day, two days, or all three days!
Anti-Idle Campaign – Feb TBD
Anti – Idling - The school encourages parents to be mindful and not to leave cars running while waiting in the pickup line. The state has an Anti-Idling law, and parents need to remember this at drop-off and pick-up. Anti-Idling - Compliance, and Enforcement (ct.gov)
April – Earth Week
Green Schools-Earth Week Fundraiser
April is Earth Month so let's celebrate by supporting local organizations that take care of our environment. On April 20-21, EMS SCA, Environmental Club members, and the Green Committee will be collecting $1 donations from every student to go towards a local environmental charity of their choice. Whichever organization gets the majority of votes will receive the full donation. We encourage everyone to learn about and support these amazing organizations that give back and protect our environment. Tables with collection boxes will be located in all school grade entrances (6th, 7th, and 8th grade) from 7:30 to 8am. Bring in $1 and we will donate it to the winning charity!
Luke Meyers Memorial Scholarship-Live Like Luke
To honor former local GHS high school student, Luke Meyers who passed away in 2019, the Luke Meyers Memorial Scholarship was founded to support underprivileged graduating high school seniors dedicated to studying and protecting the natural world. The scholarship fund will enhance that expanding ripple effect and over time we will have a cohort of scholarship recipients who will be working in environmental careers and making an impact on our world. www.livelikeluke365.org
The mission of SoundWaters is to educate children and adults about the wonders and beauties of Long Island Sound and its watershed. Through education, they provide people with an understanding and awareness of the changes they can make in their lives and communities to restore, protect and preserve Long Island Sound and the environment. www.soundwaters.org
Waste Free Greenwich
Waste Free Greenwich is a grassroots organization that aims to engage, educate and empower the Greenwich community to waste less through prevention, recycling, and diversion. Their initiatives promote awareness of the 6Rs - refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, and rot. www.wastefreegreenwich.org
In celebration of earth month, the EMS community is encouraged to participate in a school-wide battery recycling drive and shoe drive. You can drop off your used batteries and gently used shoe(s) any day of the week (4/17 – 4/21), and the Green Committee team will take them to a responsible recycling facility. All collection boxes will be located at the main school entrance.
Please note the following types of batteries are accepted:
- Used Household Batteries: alkaline batteries of all sizes; AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt, 12 volt
- Re-chargeable Batteries: NiCad (nickel-cadmium) batteries, NiMH (nickel-metal hydride), Li-ion (lithium ion), cell phone batteries and re-chargable appliance batteries
- NO lead-acid (car) batteries please
Please contact Green Schools Co-Chairs Renata Freitas, Danielle Vandenberg, and April Hardwick at greencommittee.emspta@gmail.
- Tuesday, March 12
- Friday, March 22
- Friday, April 5
- Tuesday, April 9