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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Green Team at Blessed Sacrament


A team of students, two dedicated teachers and a team of parents continue the Green Team at Blessed Sacrament (the first Green Team meeting was held in January 2009).

Due to the work of the Green Team, Blessed Sacrament School became a certified Ontario EcoSchool (Silver designation) in May 2009 and held that designation in 2010. Congratulations to all the Green Team members, students, administration and teachers who made this possible. The goal for 2011 is to obtain Gold designation in our ecoSchool certification!
 
Our school continues to move toward being environmentally aware:
- sending paper-based letters to only 1 child in a family
- transition communication to parents from paper-based documents to email

2010/2011 Green Team
The 2010/2011 Green Team has scheduled upcoming events to bring environmental awareness to our community:
  • waste-free/boomerang lunch campaign started in February 2011; Green Team members inspect the lunches of all the students on Wednesdays and distribute tickets for with waste-free lunches (using containers that are sent back home with zero waste thrown in the classroom's garbage can). At the end of each month, tickets will be drawn for prizes
  • Roots and Shoots eco-seminars for grade 1-6 on February 25th and 28th
  • We Unite for Water presentation on March 22, 2011 in celebration of World Water week (March 21st-25th, 2011)
  • Earth Hour participation on Friday March 25, 2011 between 10am to 11am
  • Planting in May
  • a water science workshop for grade 8s at Chatsworth Ravine in June 2011

Parent Green Team
In conjunction with the teacher-led student Green Team, a group of volunteer parents will also help with the implementation of greening initiatives and education at our school. If you would like to join this team, please contact the school at 416-393-5226. Thank you!

Earth Hour
Blessed Sacrament will participate in the Earth Hour Challenge!
Earth Hour 2011
For the past three years, the Green Team has taken the lead in promoting the Toronto Catholic District School Board's Earth Hour Challenge. This year, the global Earth Hour challenge will take place on Saturday March 26th from 8:30pm to 9:30pm; Blessed Sacrament School will be holding a symbolic Earth Hour event on Friday March 25th from 10am to 12m. For 1 hour, the school will turn off external lights and all computers, reduce hallway lights and classroom lights to a minimum, and eliminate all non-essential lights in staff areas including staff room and offices; students are also asked to bring in a litterless lunch on Friday. They also encourage families to participate in the hour long Canadian Earth Hour event on Saturday March 26th from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
 
What is Earth Hour?
The World Wildlife Fund created Earth Hour to help people that are concerned about our planet and want to show their support for action on climate change. Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008, over 50 million people switched off their lights. In 2009, over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world's largest global climate change initiative. Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever with a record 128 countries and territories joining the global display of climate action.
Earth Hour is a symbolic event. Turning off our lights for an hour won't stop climate change but it does demonstrate that our individual action is important and adds up to make a big difference. More importantly, it sends a very powerful message to government and world leaders that people want policies and regulations put in place that can achieve meaningful emission reduction to help fight climate change.
 
Keep it up!
And don’t stop at turning off the lights! Think about what else can be done to reduce your footprint like taking transit, unplugging unused electrical appliances and washing your clothes in cold water. The list is endless and your action will make a big difference.
 
This year, when the lights go back on, we want you to think about what you can change in your daily life that will benefit the planet.
Thank you for participating in Earth Hour!

Green Team Ideas
Read the ideas that the Green Team has compiled to help us become more green:



What can you do to become environmentally aware?
Here are just a few suggestions:

School
  • send a litterless lunch with your child (pack all food items in reusable containers and send drinks in reusable bottles)
  • say NO to bottled water
  • if you are currently receiving paper communication from the school, please contact the school and provide your current email address
  • try to walk or bike to and from school as much as possible and leave the car at home

Home

  • turn off lights when they are not needed or when it is bright outside; use motion detection lights when possible instead of leaving lights on
  • don't let the water run constantly while you brush your teeth or wash/rinse dishes
  • repair leaking faucets
  • take shorter showers
  • turn off the TV, computer and other electrical items when not in use (especially at the end of the day)
  • donate gently used clothes, furniture, toys and other items to charity organizations (such as Pass It On)
  • replace your current batteries with rechargeable batteries
  • replace incandescent light bulbs with more more energy-efficient, longer-lasting high efficiency fluorescent bulbs
  • take your name off unwanted mailing lists to reduce the amount of junk mail
  • ensure that windows and door frames are sealed properly to avoid heat or cool air from escapting
  • turn the temperature on your water heater down
  • use power bars to minimize standby power losses on entertainment systems and computers; turn off computers when not in use
  • use electricity when it costs less during non-peak times (i.e., after 8pm)

Shopping

  • purchase products and supplies with less or reusable packaging
  • use cloth, reusable bags for shopping
  • purchase products and services from companies that are environmentally conscious

and

  • reduce, reuse or recycle as many items as possible to save energy and raw materials!

 

 
Interesting Links
  • Do What You Can website helps you find places to drop-off household hazardous and special wastes and unwanted electronics that cannot be put in your Blue Box and should not go in the garbage. You can search for places by municipality, postal code or material
  • Every Kilowatt Counts website has Residential programs, efficiency tools and tips and a Kids Corner to learn about how to save electricity and the environment
  • Earth Hour is taking place on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30pm. Earth Hour has made an impact: in 2007, 2.2 million people participated and in 2008, 50 million people in 35 countries switched off their lights for Earth Hour!
  • The City of Toronto Environment website has ideas and lists what the city has done to contribute to a greener city
  • Environment Canada has ideas that you can take to reduce waste, save resources and prevent pollution.
  • Live Green Toronto website offers residents with information to help them live green and provides expert advice to help neighbourhood and community groups get organized and take action.
  • Register to have your name and address removed from marketing lists through the Canadian Marketing Association "Do Not Contact Service" which is offered free of charge to consumers to reduce the number of marketing offers they receive by mail.
    You can also register with the "National Do Not Call List"
  • Toronto Recycles - a useful guide to what can and cannot be recycled in the City of Toronto
If you have any other interesting links, please email the Website Administrator.
 
Help the Green Team achieve their goalof making our schoolenvironmentally friendly!