What does it mean to be a sustainability steward? Jemicy joined the Green Schools Alliance with this commitment: “As sustainability stewards, our school will set goals, take action, and monitor and share progress in the three sustainability leadership action tracks:
- reduce our climate and ecological impact
- educate and engage community
- transform our institutional culture
Keri Weber’s Star Group students recently worked on essays reflecting on their stewardship role in the Jemicy community. They take pride in personally contributing to a healthier planet, educating others, and helping to transform our school culture.
How can we reduce the amount of non-recyclable packaging that we use?
I Group science classes approached this question by comparing the amount of packaging in two different potato chip bags: family and snack size. While snack size bags may seem more convenient for student lunches, is there a more sustainable alternative?
Groups of students dissected chip bags and calculated the total area of packaging for each variety. They discovered that snack bags produced four times the waste of using larger, family size bags whose contents could be distributed in snack-size reusable containers.
One more reason to aim for a trash-free lunch!