The Windsor Green Team's mission is to make our school and community a cleaner, healthier and better place to live. They focus on the reduction of waste and the continual promotion of environmental awareness. Events have included the: "Litterless Lunch" campaign, Green Week, and the "Recycle my Cell" program. The Windsor Green Team is composed of students in Grades 8 through 12 and always welcomes new members. GO GREEN
This year, the Windsor Secondary School Green Team is hosting an electronics and battery drive through the ‘Think Recycle’ program. The drive will help the environment by recycling electronics responsibly and will also contribute to funding for further initiatives. Please support the Green Team by bringing in: smart phones, MP3 players, laptops and batteries to Room 207 from now until Spring Break.
This year the Green Team has planned the community clean-up for Earth Day – April 22. Any and all classes are welcome to participate and there will be a pizza lunch prize for the class that cleans up the most! The cleanup area spans from Riverside Drive to Parkgate.
Green team members plan to get the North Shore News involved in publicizing Windsor’s efforts.
The Green Team will be instrumental in rolling out the new Organics Initiative that is mandated by Metro Vancouver. From apple cores to pizza boxes, by keeping organic waste out of the landfill, Metro Vancouver expects to achieve an overall 80% recycling rate by the year 2020.
Swapping instead of shopping: Windsor Secondary Green Team hosts a clothing exchange
The Metro Vancouver-wide organics waste diversion initiative has actively raised awareness of the fact that "food isn't garbage" and we all need to help keep it out of the landfill. The same could be said of pre-loved clothing. Textile recycling is considered an essential, but often overlooked, step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the load in the landfill. Although estimates vary, it's believed that every year, the average Canadian sends approximately 7 kg of clothing to the landfill--much of it still in wearable condition.
Last year, student members of Windsor Secondary's Green Team began
discussing the issue of the fashion industry's carbon footprint. Recognizing the popularity of fast fashion (which often has a short life cycle before winding up in the landfill) with youth, the Team decided to host a Spring clothing swap of old, and not-so-old, clothing donated by staff and students.
Teacher-sponsor Megan McEwen’s classroom was set up as the site of the swap meet, with tables displaying items organized into the categories of men’s, women’s, shoes and accessories. This no-cost event, organized by a handful of Green Team members, kept some 50-75 pieces out of the landfill and spiffing up the style of new wearers. Remainders were donated to the local chapter of Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver.
Education and promotion of responsible consumerism are fixed goals of Windsor’s Green Team, which has also held recycling drives and led the way in organics waste diversion at the school. Up next: the club will host its sixth-annual Community Cleanup, which encourages classes to collect garbage and recyclables in the Blueridge and Seymour areas.
If you missed this year's swap, no worries, the Team plans to "recycle" this great idea again in future years.
Photos by Stephen Juwono.