Archive for the ‘Re-Using’ category

Costume Swap 2011!

October 6, 2011

Lots of fun was had at our Costume Swap today!  Keeping costumes out of landfills, and making new costumes out of old ones is the name of the green game.  Dream costumes were found today! Knights, bears, star wars fighters, and pharaohs all walked out of room 111.  Join us until 10/6 for more fun!


Reuse and Relief – The Green Gremlin’s favorite kind of action!

September 25, 2011

From today’s Treehugger headline story by Alex Davies

“When Go Play! announced a competition to design an innovative playground for 1,000 refugee children along the border of Thailand and Burma, Dutch designer AnneMarie van Splunter thought of old car tires. To be specific, she thought of a playground made entirely out of reused tires on a bamboo frame, made in the shape of a tree with expanding roots.

Though in my opinion it looks more like a squid, and has some practical problems, the design won the contest’s Honorable Mention for Innovation.

Although van Splunter and her advising artist Peter Verhaar wanted to avoid the use of metal (thus the bamboo frame), their environmental leanings were trumped by physics — it turns out that a steel frame would be preferable for safety and durability reasons.

The second issue is the durability of the tires themselves — after a lifetime of supporting cars the tropical heat is cause for concern that they would have to be replaced at some point.

But those concerns aside, the RubberTree is commendable for its creative upcycling of old tires, and for the eye-catching originality of the playground. While it may not be built in Thailand, the team is looking for a commission in its native (and cooler) Netherlands, where various parties have expressed interest in seeing it realized.”

“Speed is irrelevant if you are going in the wrong direction.” – M. Gandhi

June 29, 2011

Single Use Plastics are an incredible source of waste in our society.  Plastic sandwich bags, shopping bags, bottles, clips…the list could go on and on.  Many New Yorkers have tried to get rid of single use plastics in their lives, either by using a different product (like a re-usable shopping bag) or by re-using something that was only meant for one use.  Mr. Latimer has taken this to a new level with his well worn Metrocard!  Ask him to show it to you if you see him in the hallway.   He explains his philosophy about using things well here.

“When I was a child, it was the bane of my existence to be dragged all over New England by my parents, looking at “old junk.”  Over the years, however, it taught me to appreciate anything that was useful and well crafted. I hope to become a useful antique some day.”

Green Event Planning

June 22, 2011

Starting to plan events for 2011-2012? Check our guidelines for green event planning here:

Mulchfest 2011!

January 8, 2011

The Jackson Heights Mulchfest was tons of fun today.  Mayor Bloomberg stopped by, as well as the GreeNYC bird!  Click here for another article.  You can still bring your tree to a local mulcher this weekend!  Got a tree ready to go?  Click here for your closest mulching location and help the city parks be even greener!

Trees Made of Trees!

November 29, 2010

The Green Team, as well as various 7th, 2nd and 5th graders, helped create some stylish paper trees for this year’s Holiday Shopping event, held tomorrow (11/30) all day.  It’s an easy way to make something festive out of the many food, gift and clothing catalogues and magazines that fly in via the mail all December long.  To make your own holiday trees, see this easy instruction guide from the Crafty Crow.

Magazine Tree How-To

Looking for more ways to make your holidays green?  Try shopping at  This year, you will find many gift ideas at the online shop.  Every item you purchase has a triple-powered advantage!  You will save money, reduce your carbon footprint, and help GCS’s green efforts.  Money earned from the online shop will be used to bring more sustainable programs to our school.

International Family Night – Eco Heroes of India

November 15, 2010

Enjoy International Family Night at GCS tonight!  The families putting the event together have an incredible list of foods, crafts, and activities to share with everyone.  Events begin at 6pm.  Performances are in Tuttle Hall.  Namaste!

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mohandas Gandhi

The Green Team created a flag of India out of recycled materials from all over the school, including many food containers and bottle caps.  Featured on the flag are some Eco-Heroes from India; Gandhi, Vandana Shiva, Divya Raghunandan from Greenpeace India, Nitin Desai from the Council on Climate Change, and Jairam Ramesh, Minister of the Environment of India.  Photos of everyday recycling in villages and cities were included.