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Ban the Bag! Green Schools Alliance Conference at Hewitt

March 3, 2013
Green Team at Hewitt

Green Team at Hewitt

This Saturday March 2nd, the Green Gremlins Team attended the Green Schools Alliance “Ban the Bag” conference at the Hewitt School.  We had the opportunity to listen to a student-moderated panel about how New York City might implement a plastic bag ban similar to those in place in cities like San Francisco, Delhi, Mexico City, and Portland.  At the main panel, we heard some of surprising facts about trash, and even more surprising solutions being worked on, from Jennie Romer, founder of Plastic Bag Laws, Ron Gonen, Mayor Bloomberg’s Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability, Stiv Wilson, from the 5 Gyres Institute, Eric Goldstein from the NRDC, Matie Quinn of SIMs Recycling, and city Councilmember Brad Lander. Did you know?: Each month, 2 million pounds of trash that could be recycled ends up in our landfills, shipped to OH, NC, and DE.  Much of this if food related, and plastic bags are a big part of the problem.   While taking hundreds of years to decompose, they bioaccumulate in ocean food chains, ultimately harming humans. During our Green Team meeting this week, our group will discuss how GCS kids can get involved in the upcoming campaign to ban plastic bags in NYC, and we will discuss how our current collaboration with the Al Hekma International School in Bahrain, through the NAIS Global 20/20 Challenge, focusing on deforestation, will incorporate a discussion of forest resources and paper bags.


Green Cup Challenge

March 17, 2012

Look our for new recycling and waste information in April!


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.”

Check the Neck!

February 26, 2011

NYC has some great new PSAs that will help you comply with recycling rules.  Here is one devoted to plastics.  Enjoy!

Treecycle Mulchfest 2011

December 26, 2010

You may be eyeing your tree and starting to think about how much longer it will last this year.  Maybe you’ve fallen in love with it, and wish it could last a little longer.  Don’t despair! There are many ways to extend the life of your tree for months to come.  A great article in the NY Times shared ways to make tea and Spruce Butter.  When you’ve used your tree as much as you can, don’t forget to take it to Mulchfest 2011, held all around the city on Jan.8.

Do you have other items that need to be recycled after an exciting holiday? There is an extremely useful program available via the Treehugger Mobile App.  If you have a GPS-able smartphone, add the free Treehugger app.  You’ll see a symbol for recycling.  Once you choose the items you want to recycle (including many things not recyclable by the city) you’ll see the closest location to take your items.  For example, if you have #6 plastics (polystyrene) that tend to pile up over the holidays, you can take them to some participating Mailboxes, Etc.!

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.

It’s America Recycles Day!

November 15, 2010

Check out this website where you can learn about national recycling initiatives.   Wondering how to recycle something at GCS?  Check out our right hand banner for information about programs we are carrying out this year.  If you have ideas about how we can add to our recycling program, please contact us at