Sunday, January 30, 2011

MLK Day: Green Team YES opportunity

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8:30-9:00 Salman greeted facilitators and helped set-up

9:00-12:00 Mrs. Christina Stallings from Project Learning Tree and Oklahoma Green Schools Committee led a carbon footprint calculator exploration. Oklahoma Green Schools will recommend the calculators chosen by the Casady Green Team YES to interested students and teachers participating in the Oklahoma Green School Program

12:00-1:00 Mrs. Zesiger ordered the Pizza lunch for all volunteers at Casady School. Student volunteering at other venues on our campus came to eat lunch at Woods Community Center. 3 pizzas were delivered to Into the Woods rehearsal.

1:00 – 3:00 Energy Audit of Woods rooms was facilitated by Mr. Les Pace, also a member of the Green Schools Committee and CEO of Partnership in Environmental Education Foundation. Mr. Pace demonstrated how to use the Green Schools tools from the Tool Kit. He also provided assistance to 7th grader, Katie Z. with her science fair project. Mr. Pace attended brought materials for Katie's booth.

Carbon Footprint Calculator, Christina Stallings, Project Learning Tree Coordinator, 405-522-6158, work cell # 405-227-8858, Energy Audits: Mr. Les Peace, CEO of Partnership in Environmental Education Foundation, Casady Site Supervisor : Mr. Mark Delgrosso. 3 high school students, 3 middle school students, 2 Upper Division Faculty and 2 trainers participated


Adult Participants:
Adult 1:
I learned calculations of carbon footprint and about websites with carbon footprint calculators. I learned how to use different tools used by Green Schools. I learned what is good lighting in a room and what are good values for CO2, temperature and relative humidity. It was important because calculating carbon footprint can help determine ways to reduce it and measure change to evaluate. Values given can help evaluate present use and suggested use. The data presented was very good and we have very knowledgeable resource speakers. To improve, there is a need of more practical measurements so students can actually learn how to use the tools. Divide students in groups to measure values and compare.

Adult 2
Salman H. and Shiva B. both attended the Green Team workshop on MLK Day. During this day-long event they were shown various websites for energy auditing and asked to audit them in terms of ease of use, etc. They were given information on simple measures for easing our environmental impact here on campus (e.g., beginning a composting program).
The latter part of the workshop was an introduction to some simple ways of improving both the efficiency, quality, and ultimately the costs of just the lighting here on campus. With this information in hand it was discussed that proposals be made to both administration and maintenance that some of these improvements be made and/or programs initiated.

MD students:
Student 1: This morning we learned about our carbon footprint and how we can improve our carbon footprint. We found our carbon footprint by taking quizzes online. I can improve a lot like have a compost bin, have a garden, and recycle more. This afternoon, we learned about the lighting system in our school. Also we learned how to get a better lighting system. We took notes and used tools to find out what we need to do differently. I really liked how we could interact with the lessons we got. I really got it when I found out that I could do a lot of really small things to help, but they would make a big impact on the world.

Student 2: I did a quiz to find out my carbon footprint and gave a presentation over the website I took the quiz over. I learned that most of the rooms we take tests in don't have good lights. So we cannot read the test and we could mistake a 5 for a 6. That could affect our grade. I also learned that I could improve my recycling. My aha moment was when I was taking the quiz in the morning and I knew I should start a composting station which will be easy to do.

Student 3: I learned how to use machines and that every little thing counts. It is important because it is our life. Everything was presented very well. We can improve by going to the website that we went to during the workshop. I learned about machines and why it is important to do the green team. In my aha moment I realize that every little thing counts and if we do more things every day, we can change the world.

High School students

Student 1: I learned different ways to save energy and improve the classroom environment. One thing I think was an important subject was the effect in finance and performance that little changes could, a those changes, if we put them into an active status, we could really benefit all together in all circumstances. That is what really counts for you and everyone around you.

Student 2: Today, we worked on understanding energy usage. I learned how much energy and money we use from something as simple as light. The explanation on working with creative alternative ways could have been better. The most amazing moment was when I learned that classrooms have too much C02, which basically bugs people and affects people's concentration.

A student did not reflect.  The facilitators did not give feed back yet.

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