The Green Team is composed of 8 Middle School student leaders dedicated to improving the environment through implementing environmental service learning projects and providing educational opportunities for their school and local community. Green Team students use their school buildings and grounds as a learning laboratory to improve the environmental literacy of their peers and community through creative problem solving of environmental issues.

Accomplishments:
  • Raised funds and provided 5 "green baskets" to new Habitat for Humanity homeowners
  • Collected data on energy use in our school vending machines, applied for and were awarded a vending miser, and installed it in the gym drink machine
  • Collected over 300 reusable bags for the GT reusable bag project
  • Applied for and were awarded two grants to build an urban container garden on the MS patio
  • Collected over 20 gallons of used cooking oil from the Buttery and delivered it to the Center for Applied Energy Research for conversion to biofuel
  • Co-hosted the annual Gobble Grease Toss with LFUCG and collected over 250 gallons of used cooking oil that was converted into 5 55-gallon drums of biofuel
  • Developed a recycle-relay game to increase knowledge and awareness about recycling and presented it to the MS Faculty and Staff and the fifth grade classes
  • Facilitated and analyzed data from the aluminum can recycle bowl
  • Conducted a waste audit of the Middle and Lower schools, presented results at a faculty meeting
  • Build "energy houses" to demonstrate the benefits of insulation
Goals:
  • Continue to provide "green baskets" to at lease 4 more families
  • Collect data on energy savings with the awarded and installed vending miser
  • Continue to collect reusable bags, create educational visuals on energy used and waste created with paper and plastic bags, set up two community displays to help educate about the benefits of using reusable bags and hand out the collected bags
  • Build, plant and tend the container garden, involving as many of the Middle School, Lower School, and Upper School peers as we can
  • Build and start a vermicompost bin
  • Continue to visit Lower School classrooms with the recycle-relay game and other educational activities
  • Continue to collect and deliver used cooking oil to keep it out of landfills and convert it into a usable energy source
  • Provide larger recycling bins to classrooms with money raised from aluminum can recycling bowl, conduct another waste audit to see if results are different
  • Test and assist the University of Kentucky with the development of a biofuels game
  • Host a community energy carnival to help teach community members about energy use and conservation efforts
  • Attend and perform at the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education Luncheon
  • Attend and set up display at the Kentucky Green and Healthy Youth Summit
  • Attend at least one community event and host a planting activity to teach about the importance of growing food locally
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