For Release:June 20, 2011Contact:Edmund.Coletta@state.ma.usmailto:Edmund.Coletta@state.ma.us617-292-5737
Environmental Officials Honor Classes Across the State with 'Green Team' Awards
Environmental Stewardship Educational Activities Deserving of Recognition
BOSTON -Students in 93 classes from 85 schools across the Commonwealth received special recognition for their outstandingenvironmental actions as members of the "Green Team," a statewide environmental education program promoted by the ExecutiveOffice of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).Students of any age can participate in the Green Team program, an initiative comprised of students who share the goal of reducing pollution and protecting the environment. Nearly 65,000 students in more than 300 classes at 252 schools joined the Green Team thisschool year.Students took part in a range of activities that included expanding school recycling programs, starting a compost pile used in gardenswhere food was grown for the school cafeteria and increasing energy efficiency in their communities. The activities incorporated alldisciplines, from science and mathematics to reading, writing and art into classroom and non-classroom related projects."Green Team teachers and students become empowered with tools they can put into practice at school, home and in our communities to bring about positive environmental change," said EEA Secretary Richard Sullivan. "I congratulate all the teachers and students who didoutstanding work during the past school year to raise environmental awareness through Green Team activities."Participating classes were all entered into a drawing for prizes, and 93 classes received prizes for their efforts (see list below). Tenschools won grand prizes, and will receive school-wide performances by environmental educators Jack Golden, Peter O'Malley andEarthtunes."The Green Team educational program helps students actively discover ways to protect our natural resources," said MassDEPCommissioner Kenneth Kimmell. "Green Team students develop creative approaches to environmental stewardship and make a bigdifference in their schools and communities with their energy conservation, recycling and pollution prevention efforts."Participating teachers also received a Green Team Kit containing classroom posters, lesson plans, recycling tips and access to a library of other resources. In addition, 50 schools received recycling equipment from the Green Team to initiate or expand school recycling programs. Eleven schools received "Idle-Free Zone" signs from the Green Team that serve to visually remind drivers to turn off their engines while waiting in the schoolyard."There was a great response from teachers and bus drivers," said teacher Kerry Moniz of Monument High School in South Boston.At Boston Latin School, students founded the Youth Climate Action Network and have since initiated a statewide campaign for sustainability education."Many Boston Latin School graduates are now pursuing environmental studies in college," said teacher Cate Arnold. "As the oldestschool in America, greening Boston Latin School has the potential to serve as a powerful example and inspiration, demonstrating howgreen projects can and should be incorporated into even our oldest institutions and learning systems.""Each year we take one more step as a school and as individuals towards reducing our carbon footprint," said teacher Stephanie Scherr of Narragansett Regional High School in Baldwinville (Templeton). "The Green Team program is awesome because it lets students knowwhat other people their age are doing.""Not only have all of the students at Cottage School become aware of ways they can reduce their carbon footprints, we have trained 25members of the Green Team to keep awareness through a lunchroom recycling and composting program," said Jackie Mann, Principal of Cottage Street School in Sharon.Teacher Kate Fitzmaurice of McCarthy-Towne School in Acton reported, "Our team now has recycling in every classroom for paper and plastic and we have cut energy costs by 4 percent so far this year.""Students did a project researching an environmental issue where they looked at causes, solutions and things they could do personally tohelp the environmental issue," said sixth-grade teacher John Hodsdon of the Holten Richmond Middle School in Danvers. "I believestudents benefit from seeing how their behavior can affect the environment on a very local, personal level."At the Hayden McFadden School in New Bedford, "Students learn their role in creating a sustainable landscape in an urban setting," saidteacher Beth Andrews. "They come to realize the life cycle of items that can be composted, and those that are here for many years. Theygained science skills, as well as lifelong learning."In Wellesley, students, faculty and staff were very active in "greening" their schools. Classes from Sprague Elementary, FiskeElementary and Wellesley Middle School created educational videos, held litter-less lunches, promoted reuse, and learned more abouthow to incorporate green habits into daily life.
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