Is your school going green? Kid Reporters want to know!
Did you know that recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours?
I learned this recently at an assembly at my school, which was announcing a new eco program. Called the Green Challenge Project, the program is a fun competition with other local schools to go green.
I am in the fifth grade at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. I am proud of my school’s year around activities to go green.
In December, Bullis added 540 solar panels to the roof of the art center. These panels will provide 18 to 20 percent of the electricity the building will need in a year.
We also use wind power for electricity. Bullis has become partners with Clean Currents Solar, which is owned by Washington Gas Energy Services.
Fifth grade teacher Jennifer Houston told me that she thinks the school, including all of the students, works really hard on recycling. She thinks the Green Challenge makes “everyone a lot more conscious of turning off lights, of recycling, of protecting our environment.”
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership for schools ranked Bullis fourth in the country!
“I have never been to a school before that used all renewable energy for their school and I think it’s exciting,” fourth grade teacher Shannon Hieger told me.
Bullis also has a garden on campus. This garden produces vegetables for our lunch salad bar.
“We’re trying to create food for our kitchens so that the food doesn’t have to travel as far,” said Principal Amy Jones. “If the food doesn’t have to travel as far, then it’s going to help the environment.”
Ms. Hieger gave me an important reminder. “The resources for the Earth are so limited,” she said. “We need to be a lot more careful with what we have.”
I agree, how about you? Is your school going green? Any suggestions for how your school can help save the planet? Send you comments in the comment section below.
PHOTO: Displaying one of the solar panels for the art center at the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, are (from left) Todd McCreight, Business Officer, Bullis School; Harry Warren, President, Wshington Gas Energy Services: Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Maryland's 8th District; Rob Garagiola, Maryland State Senator, District 15; Lee Keshishian, President, Clean Currents Solar, Tom Farquhar, Head of School, Bullis; and Jason Topercer, Partner and Installation Project manager, Clean Currents Solar. (Photo Courtesy Sherri Watkins)