Comments on: Question of the Week: What did you or your school do to be greener this year? http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/09/qotw-greenerschool/ The EPA Blog Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:58:31 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: of zelfs hoger bloedbaan spanning bevat http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/09/qotw-greenerschool/#comment-10069 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:33:35 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=357#comment-10069 Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So nice to seek out any individual with some original thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for beginning this up. this web site is something that is needed on the web, someone with a little bit originality. helpful job for bringing one thing new to the web!

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By: Brian http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/09/qotw-greenerschool/#comment-10068 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 19:48:24 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=357#comment-10068 We too have added Yoli bottles which are BPA free and dishwasher safe to help make greener decisions for our family.

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By: Ken Hightower http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/09/qotw-greenerschool/#comment-10067 Sat, 28 Nov 2009 22:05:27 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=357#comment-10067 I’m not aware of my children’s school doing anything so I took measures into my own hands by sending my kids to school with water bottles that are reusable and filled with a nutritious healthy beverage called Yoli.

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By: Will Stanley http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/09/qotw-greenerschool/#comment-10066 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 22:14:11 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=357#comment-10066 1. Used a clothes line to dry our clothes.
2. Spun the clothes on a low speed in the summer to reduce damage to the clothes and energy usage.
3. Composted our scraps and food. I line the bottom of the compost with rubble to stop rats digging up.
4. Foil reflectors behind radiators.
5. Fitted shower head that aerates the water thus making you feel like you are getting a more powerful shower than you are.
6. Interlined curtains.

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By: Dr. Klinkii http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/09/qotw-greenerschool/#comment-10065 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 13:39:51 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=357#comment-10065 In the UN Program we manage, schools can sponsor a forest in their name to offset CO2 emissions. Reforest The Tropics is a non-profit organization that works with teachers and student to calculate their CO2 emissions. We receive donations to work with selected farmers in Costa Rica to establish forests for US sponsors. Climate Change is a global problem, so sponsoring forest in Costa Rica is one option to learn about that country, its farmers and your specific forest. Each forest has a sign with the school name and a GPS map showing how big it is and exactly where it is. Someday, when its big enough, you may see your school forest on Google Earth. Our smallest forest is 2 1/2 acre, capable, we estimate of offsetting about 25 tonnes of CO2 per year in the 25-year contract RTT signs on your behalf with the farmer. E-mail reports with pictures show you the development of your forest. And each forest is described as a case study.

The goal of this UNFCCC program is to develop an advanced model of carbon-offset forests and to demonstrate its use in the US.

Contact hbarres@aol.com or google my name Herster Barres or Reforest The Tropics.

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By: MP http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/09/qotw-greenerschool/#comment-10064 Mon, 22 Sep 2008 17:25:18 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=357#comment-10064 A couple of years ago, I told the school I would buy machines for slicing both apples and oranges for the students to eat. The school cannot provide even plastic knives to the kids to aid in eating their fruit. The school responded to me that the machines would do them no good, since they would then need to package the fruits into one whole serving size for each student to ensure they met the dietary guidelines. I frankly could have cared less if my daughter ate 6 pieces of orange rather than 8. 6 pieces are better than none, and seeing all of that whole fruit go into the garbage made me sick. So, the move to prepackaged fruit, while is does increase the waste a little in the form of packaging, it decreases by a very large margin the amount of waste from the whole foods being thrown away. These ARE indeed different sets of issues (the need to reduce packaging versus the need to reduce food wastage), but I think most would agree that it is an agregious waste for our kids to be served fruits that they cannot or will not eat, and see all that good nutritious food going to waste. For our school, it was a move in the right direction.

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By: Mary Baker http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/09/qotw-greenerschool/#comment-10063 Mon, 22 Sep 2008 14:45:05 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=357#comment-10063 I actually starting using safer cleaners in my home 4 years ago. I researched for cleaners that did not contain PESTICIDES or DANGEROUS CHEMICALS. I had 2 grandchildren with respirtatory,problems and 1 boarderline asthmatic and 1 with cema. To my surprise found 1 company that had these and was economical. My grandchildren got better with in a month but now they go to public school. Quess what? SICK again along with many other children, I found in many schools. I would like the EPA to contact me personally. I want to share how to convert school IAQ to safer without many voc than to still be exposing children to LOW VOC cleaners. High or LOW VOC affect children at any level long term. Childrens future is a RISK here. Thank You

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By: Kristin http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/09/qotw-greenerschool/#comment-10062 Mon, 22 Sep 2008 14:43:57 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=357#comment-10062 I sold my car when I moved in with my boyfriend. We both take public transportation to our jobs and we share his car whenever we have to run errands around town. We try to keep driving to a minimum by getting all of our errands done on either one or two days over the week.

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By: Karen http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/09/qotw-greenerschool/#comment-10061 Mon, 22 Sep 2008 12:58:14 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=357#comment-10061 I moved to an apartment where i could compost my organic wastes and hang my clothes out to dry on a clothes line instead of using the drier.

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By: Kris http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/09/qotw-greenerschool/#comment-10060 Mon, 22 Sep 2008 11:39:56 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=357#comment-10060 At my daughter’s school, they recycle paper and plastic. They encourage kids to walk instead of asking mom to drive them everywhere. They have a garden and we have one as well.

In fact, everything in my child’s school is “green” except for the water coming from the water fountains, which is contaminated with the rocket fuel percholate. What should the kids do about cleaning that up? I’m just curious.

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