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    Welcome back to Green Team – Climate Change (GTCC), a club of 20+ Earth Warriors (3rd-5th grade) who meet regularly after school to share concerns and plan action addressing climate change.

     

    We began the new school year with gusto, ready to tackle our four main goals:

    1. Investigate solar panels
    2. “Green” our playground
    3. Be vocal and active in our community
    4. Reduce waste (use less stuff!)

     

    Our first action involved revamping our efforts in our own lunchroom to reduce waste creating “GTCC Tip” boards.  These are posted throughout the school with one board circulated weekly at intermediate lunch prompting impressive, thoughtful discussions among many students.

     

    In our efforts to be more vocal and active in our community, the students have embarked on a letter writing campaign targeting various community enterprises.  We are writing to Seattle Parks & Recreation, Starbucks, Seattle Public Schools, the UW Arboretum & Century Link stating our concerns AND offering viable solutions (hey! we Earth Warriors, if we whine about something, we hope to be part of the solution!).  We hope to report back soon that our efforts are making an impact.

     

    Led by GTCC, Stevens is also renewing its efforts to become a Washington Green School.  There are six categories of certification (recycling & waste, energy, water, school grounds & garden, healthy buildings & transportation).  We were certified three years ago for recycling & waste (Go Green Team Captains!) and are in the process of renewing that certification (renewal is required every two years).  We are also pursuing our energy certification this year.  As part of that energy certification, there will be another opportunity for kids to act – Energy Captains!  Starting after Thanksgiving, each intermediate classroom will have rotating Energy Captains to guide the classroom in its efforts to conserve energy & decrease general consumption.

     

    Lastly, GTCC is thinking outside the box to produce a “green friendly” gift giving guide.  Look for more information about that in the next few weeks.

     

    Got an intermediate student interested in GTCC?  Students are welcome to come check us out anytime – contact me and we’ll make it happen.

     

    Thank you.

    Tanya Kamila

    GTCC Facilitator