Archive for March 2010

New Address!

March 28, 2010

We have a new URL –  You can find our updates there, or use this address.  See you after Spring Break!

Center for Ecoliteracy

March 26, 2010

Grace Church School joined in sharing its environmental goals with a group of schools online at The Center for Ecoliteracy.  Teachers and students share their work in developing a sustainable community at this site.  Many resources are available here, including seminars, curricula and more.

“The Center for Ecoliteracy supports and advances education for sustainable living.  We believe that schools play a pivotal role in moving us beyond our growing environmental crises and toward a sustainable society. We recognize schooling for sustainability as a process that fosters abundant living on a finite planet and makes teaching and learning come alive.

We bring a passion to our work that stems from our conviction that the best hope for learning to live sustainably lies in schooling that returns to the real basics: engaging with the natural world; understanding how nature sustains life; nurturing healthy communities; exploring the consequences of how we feed and provision ourselves; caring about the places where we live and the people and creatures in them.  We are inspired by the growing movement of educators, parents, and community members who embrace this vision.”


March 25, 2010

Here is an example of re-using materials from a middle school featured on  Beautiful use of shoes, wires and other materials in a study of Entymology!  From TerraTeach.

Apple Recycling

March 25, 2010

Recycle Your Stuff – Free.

Apple has expanded its program to help promote eWaste recycling.  See below!

You can get your Apple products recycled for free, just print a shipping label from the Apple Website.

Apple describes key features of its program on its website.  See below for a few details;

Toxic substance removal

Designing green products includes considering the environmental impact of the materials used to make them. From the glass, plastic, and metal in our products to the paper and ink in our packaging, our goal is to continue leading the industry in reducing or eliminating environmentally harmful substances.

The greatest environmental challenge facing our industry today is the presence of arsenic, brominated flame retardants (BFRs), mercury, phthalates, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in products. In keeping with our philosophy over the last decade, Apple is not waiting for legislation to ban these substances. Not only is every Mac, iPod, and iPhone free of PVC2 and BFRs, we are also qualifying thousands of components to be free of elemental bromine and chlorine, putting us years ahead of anyone in the industry. In addition, all MacBook Pro models feature displays with mercury-free backlighting and arsenic-free glass.

Responsible manufacturing.

Apple is committed to ensuring that working conditions in our supply chain are safe, workers are treated with respect and dignity, and manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible. View our Supplier Code of Conduct as well as our supplier audit reports at Supplier Responsibility.

Spanish Language eWaste PSA

March 24, 2010

Working on learning Spanish and trying to find out about eWaste solutions?  Try this fun video.  It covers the basics en Espanol! Click Here.

Earth Hour

March 24, 2010

Make a day, a month, an hour!  This year, Earth Hour will be honored on Saturday March 27th at 8:30 pm.  Turn off your lights and join the movement!  Comment below if you will be joining in to represent the Green Team this year.

Earth Hour by WWF

“Earth Hour is organized by WWF. With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries, it’s one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth’s natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.”

The Earth Hour Website has a host of great materials for you to learn more.  Check out this video sample!  

Hold Your Horses! An Auction Re-Use Project

March 19, 2010

Our Pony Round Up, Coffee Sleeve and Old Denim contributions made beautiful additions to this year’s Auction Decor.  Thanks to all the parents and students who chose not to throw away their stuff!   The Auction was a grand success, and all the funds raised will be used to build our financial aid program.