JRES Go Green Team Updates
Last year we launched the JRES Go Green Team to advance sustainability initiatives within our elementary school. Our first initiative was to implement a lunchtime composting program, in partnership with EATS PC and Momentum Recycling. Student volunteers help to sort trash during lunchtime, and each month we divert thousands of pounds of waste to to the Wasatch Resource Recovery Center, which you can learn more about here.
If you'd like to start composting at home, Spoil to Soil is offering JRES families a discounted price for their monthly composting program, which gets picked up at home at the same time as your regular trash.
You can also donate any unwanted, outgrown or old sneakers by leaving them in the box in the breezeway! In partnership with GotSneakers, we're keeping sneakers out of landfills, helping get sneakers to those in need, and making money for our PTO! In just a few weeks at the end of the year, we collected 42 pairs of sneakers, displacing 1,260 pounds of CO2 and saving 94,794 gallons of water! Let's keep it up!
We funded additional recycling opportunities for hard-to-recycle items, like pens, pencils, art supplies, office supplies and crayons, in partnership with Terracycle and the Crayon Initiative.
Here are some other ways our JRES Go Green team is making a difference:
- We expanded recycling opportunities, collecting pens, pencils, art supplies and crayons.
- Our PTO ordered a rain barrel to place at the school to capture extra rain water.
- Our teacher's lounge now includes reusable cutlery and compostable stirrers for their coffee.
- Please reach out to Anna Wildman, firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to get involved with the sustainability committee! We'd love your help!