Launching school-basedLaunching school-based
green initiativesgreen initiatives
Rick Swanson & RON WOOLLEYRick Swanson & R...
What needs to get greenerWhat needs to get greener
at your school?at your school?
Lessons from ourLessons from our
green committeegreen committee
#10#10
plan a teach-inplan a teach-in
Some traditionalSome traditional
methods of teaching inmethods of teaching in
And some lessAnd some less
traditional methods…traditional methods…
(environmental)(environmental)
science fairscience fair
filmsfilms
speakersspeakers
100% PARTICIPATION…100% PARTICIPATION…
AND GREAT pressAND GREAT press
#9#9
simple rule:simple rule:
recycling bin besiderecycling bin beside
everyevery trash cantrash can
#8#8
COMPOST!COMPOST!
Get help to collect itGet help to collect it
mix it upmix it up
Rap about itRap about it
Build a gardenBuild a garden
Sell some of itSell some of it
Spend the proceeds wiselySpend the proceeds wisely
#7#7
harness theharness the
spirit of competitionspirit of competition
PLAY BALL CAMPAIGNPLAY BALL CAMPAIGN
WIN BOOSTS SCHOOL SPIRITWIN BOOSTS SCHOOL SPIRIT
THREE-PEAT!THREE-PEAT!
Incentives…Incentives…
Motivate & make it funMotivate & make it fun
#6#6
enlist YOUR TEAMSenlist YOUR TEAMS
SLASH THE TRASHSLASH THE TRASH
INTRA-SCHOOL CONTESTINTRA-SCHOOL CONTEST
A COMPETITIONA COMPETITION
FOR ALL SEASONSFOR ALL SEASONS
BRAGGING RIGHTSBRAGGING RIGHTS
ON THE LINEON THE LINE
COVETED PRIZECOVETED PRIZE
FOR THE CHAMPIONSFOR THE CHAMPIONS
#5#5
reward “random acts ofreward “random acts of
green-ness"green-ness"
CATCH KIDSCATCH KIDS
DOING THE RIGHT THINGDOING THE RIGHT THING
Recognize key helpersRecognize key helpers
Thank the CUSTODIANSThank the CUSTODIANS
THE T-SHIRTS:THE T-SHIRTS:
AN ANNUAL TRADITIONAN ANNUAL TRADITION
THE GREENEST TABLETHE GREENEST TABLE
IN THE CAFETERIAIN THE CAFETERIA
#4#4
GET A HYDRATION STATIONGET A HYDRATION STATION
enormous impactenormous impact
#3#3
PARTNER WITH GREEN TEAMPARTNER WITH GREEN TEAM
#2#2
seek other partnershipsseek other partnerships
Amazing (free!) assembliesAmazing (free!) assemblies
Trainings & workshopsTrainings & workshops
Find like-minded peersFind like-minded peers
#1#1
plan a Green weekplan a Green week
Among other things…Among other things…
build a raised bedbuild a raised bed
Promote carpoolingPromote carpooling
Hold a trash mobHold a trash mob
Messy…Messy…
……but fascinating…but fascinating…
And invite a stanley cupAnd invite a stanley cup
champion to visitchampion to visit
Green week highlightGreen week highlight
Finally…Finally…
don't be afraid to yell!don't be afraid to yell!
porterQUICK.wmv
IN THE WORKS…IN THE WORKS…
Finally…Finally…
a greenhouse!a greenhouse!
ANOTHER DREAMANOTHER DREAM
how can your schoolhow can your school
get greener?get greener?
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  • Presentation to be delivered at Primary Source workshop on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
  • Activity: Ask participants to list the "Top Few" environmental abuses at their schools.
  • About 70% of HHS teachers participated in the first-ever "Teach-In" in 2008. More than 90% participated in the second one. We reached 100% in the third "Teach-In" (November 15, 2010) and topped 90% in 2011.
  • More on the various ways that teachers participated in the "Teach-In." Pictured: Latin teacher Doug Ryan presenting on environmental problems that confronted the Ancient Romans; Spanish teacher Karen Shaw discussing the "Green Movement" in Spain; and chemistry teacher Jan Whitney explaining the carbon cycle.
  • Description of non-traditional "Teach-In" activities such as his "Fishing Expedition" lesson that was featured in a Patriot Ledger story. Discussion re: the role of the local press in promoting Green Committee efforts.
  • Rick: Dana Crosby's "Environmental Science Fair" was a highlight of this year's "Teach-In," as it was entirely student-generated and drew hundreds of students to the LMC.
  • Comments re: the need for administrative support in making the "Teach-In" effective and giving a "sense of grandness" to the event. Examples: extending the homeroom period to run trailers for environmental films and allowing the films to be shown in study halls.
  • Local newspapers, including not just the Hingham Journal and Hingham Patch but also the Patriot Ledger and the Boston Globe, have taken an interest in Green Committee endeavors. The link here shows coverage of the most recent recycling contest.
  • Sneaker drive sponsored by the Student Council's Green Committee. Describe the challenge to DHS in 2010 when HHS collected more than 700 pairs of sneakers and shoes; and the 2012 drive vs. Silver Lake that generated almost as many.
  • Rick: HHS joined the first Jordan's Furniture contest in 2011.
  • HHS won the first "Play Ball Campaign" in 2011. Prizes included tickets to a Red Sox game, participation in an on-field ceremony, a $2500 gift certificate to Jordan's Furniture and a school visit from Wally.
  • The Green Committee printed about 80 T-shirts. The front contains the new logo and the back lists our "Top 10 Ways to Go Green." The main purpose of the T-shirt promotion was to encourage students to commit "Random Acts of Greenness" around the school. We kicked it off with a "Friday Show" segment produced by a student. The students pictured here (Ashley Rossi and Melissa Donahue) were "caught" using Nalgene bottles in history class.
  • The students pictured here were "caught" riding their bikes to school.
  • The T-shirts also allowed us to honor people who have contributed to our recycling efforts. Custodians like Fran Quill and Bill Clark deserved a special thank-you for their work.
  • Annual Green Week culminates with Earth Hour.
  • Green based Initiatives

    1. 1. Launching school-basedLaunching school-based green initiativesgreen initiatives Rick Swanson & RON WOOLLEYRick Swanson & RON WOOLLEY HINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL (HINGHAM, MA)HINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL (HINGHAM, MA) July 23, 2013July 23, 2013
    2. 2. What needs to get greenerWhat needs to get greener at your school?at your school?
    3. 3. Lessons from ourLessons from our green committeegreen committee
    4. 4. #10#10 plan a teach-inplan a teach-in
    5. 5. Some traditionalSome traditional methods of teaching inmethods of teaching in
    6. 6. And some lessAnd some less traditional methods…traditional methods…
    7. 7. (environmental)(environmental) science fairscience fair
    8. 8. filmsfilms
    9. 9. speakersspeakers
    10. 10. 100% PARTICIPATION…100% PARTICIPATION… AND GREAT pressAND GREAT press
    11. 11. #9#9 simple rule:simple rule: recycling bin besiderecycling bin beside everyevery trash cantrash can
    12. 12. #8#8 COMPOST!COMPOST!
    13. 13. Get help to collect itGet help to collect it
    14. 14. mix it upmix it up
    15. 15. Rap about itRap about it
    16. 16. Build a gardenBuild a garden
    17. 17. Sell some of itSell some of it
    18. 18. Spend the proceeds wiselySpend the proceeds wisely
    19. 19. #7#7 harness theharness the spirit of competitionspirit of competition
    20. 20. PLAY BALL CAMPAIGNPLAY BALL CAMPAIGN
    21. 21. WIN BOOSTS SCHOOL SPIRITWIN BOOSTS SCHOOL SPIRIT
    22. 22. THREE-PEAT!THREE-PEAT!
    23. 23. Incentives…Incentives…
    24. 24. Motivate & make it funMotivate & make it fun
    25. 25. #6#6 enlist YOUR TEAMSenlist YOUR TEAMS
    26. 26. SLASH THE TRASHSLASH THE TRASH INTRA-SCHOOL CONTESTINTRA-SCHOOL CONTEST
    27. 27. A COMPETITIONA COMPETITION FOR ALL SEASONSFOR ALL SEASONS
    28. 28. BRAGGING RIGHTSBRAGGING RIGHTS ON THE LINEON THE LINE
    29. 29. COVETED PRIZECOVETED PRIZE FOR THE CHAMPIONSFOR THE CHAMPIONS
    30. 30. #5#5 reward “random acts ofreward “random acts of green-ness"green-ness"
    31. 31. CATCH KIDSCATCH KIDS DOING THE RIGHT THINGDOING THE RIGHT THING
    32. 32. Recognize key helpersRecognize key helpers
    33. 33. Thank the CUSTODIANSThank the CUSTODIANS
    34. 34. THE T-SHIRTS:THE T-SHIRTS: AN ANNUAL TRADITIONAN ANNUAL TRADITION
    35. 35. THE GREENEST TABLETHE GREENEST TABLE IN THE CAFETERIAIN THE CAFETERIA
    36. 36. #4#4 GET A HYDRATION STATIONGET A HYDRATION STATION
    37. 37. enormous impactenormous impact
    38. 38. #3#3 PARTNER WITH GREEN TEAMPARTNER WITH GREEN TEAM
    39. 39. #2#2 seek other partnershipsseek other partnerships
    40. 40. Amazing (free!) assembliesAmazing (free!) assemblies
    41. 41. Trainings & workshopsTrainings & workshops
    42. 42. Find like-minded peersFind like-minded peers
    43. 43. #1#1 plan a Green weekplan a Green week
    44. 44. Among other things…Among other things… build a raised bedbuild a raised bed
    45. 45. Promote carpoolingPromote carpooling
    46. 46. Hold a trash mobHold a trash mob
    47. 47. Messy…Messy…
    48. 48. ……but fascinating…but fascinating…
    49. 49. And invite a stanley cupAnd invite a stanley cup champion to visitchampion to visit
    50. 50. Green week highlightGreen week highlight
    51. 51. Finally…Finally… don't be afraid to yell!don't be afraid to yell! porterQUICK.wmv
    52. 52. IN THE WORKS…IN THE WORKS…
    53. 53. Finally…Finally… a greenhouse!a greenhouse!
    54. 54. ANOTHER DREAMANOTHER DREAM
    55. 55. how can your schoolhow can your school get greener?get greener?
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