Archive for the ‘Green Tech’ category

Earth Day Update: GCS’s Ranking in the Green Power Partnership is now #17!

April 23, 2012

EPA recognizes Grace Church School among nation’s leading green power purchasers

“Grace Church School announces today that it has increased its ranking to No. 17 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Top 20 K-12 Schools list of the largest green power purchasers. This increased purchase further demonstrates Grace Church School’s commitment to protecting the environment and builds upon its existing partnership with EPA’s Green Power Partnership. Grace Church School is purchasing more than 1 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization’s electricity use. Grace Church School is buying a utility green power product from Green Mountain Energy. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.”

This is a huge honor and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Purchasing green power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing climate risk.

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Earth Day Assembly

May 3, 2010

This year we had a great Earth Day assembly with the Green Gremlins and the Technology Committee working together.  Kids created their own presentations using many media.  They explained what eWaste is, as well as how new technologies are getting more green. We ended the show with our eWaste video.  Our front lobby table demonstrated what we’ve learned about eWaste as well as a link to our new market GremlinsGreenMarket.com.

eWaste Video by the Green Gremlins

April 21, 2010

We’ve been working! GCS Teachers and Friends can see our Green Team Video  by emailing kchaloner@gcschool.org for the link. Please send us any comments or suggestions!  Happy Earth Day!

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.

Olympic ways to recycle eWaste!

March 18, 2010

This year’s Olympic Medals were constructed from recycled e-Waste!  As stated in Scientific American; “When Olympic champions are crowned at this year’s winter games in Vancouver, these elite athletes will be taking home more than just gold, silver or bronze medals—they will be playing a role in Canada’s efforts to reduce electronic waste. That’s because each medal was made with a tiny bit of the more than 140,000 tons of e-waste that otherwise would have been sent to Canadian landfills.”

Big Apple First US City to Require Electronics Recycling

March 2, 2010

Treehugger reported on 2.14.08 that the Big Apple is the first US City to Require Electronics Recycling. The Lower East Side Ecology Center is working with our local environmental groups to help this law become a reality.

Check out the information about how eWaste manufacturers are held accountable at the Electronic Take-back Coalition‘s website.

You can be a part of it here at GCS!   Take part in our “Cell Phone, Laptop, Gold & Silver Jewelry Recycling Fundraiser” by bringing in your eWaste and Jewelry.  Bins are available in the lobby of GCS, and the money raised goes towards our Sustainability Program.  Our program uses Recycling Fundraiser.

Double Recycling!

December 2, 2009


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Originally uploaded by kchaloner

The Green Team sent many phones and ink cartridges off to Think Recycle today. We also used old Thanksgiving leaflets to pack the box! N.H. says, “I got to see lots of old styles of phones. They look so extinct! Recycling phones helps the environment, and I like to recycle things!”