As the proud, newly-appointed Environmental Representative for the Parents' Committee at my sons’ school, I recently had the pleasure of meeting with the eighth-grader leading the charge for greening the school. This fabulous, organized, and focused eco-minded kid (I have to figure out how to bottle his enthusiasm and share it with jaded moms like me!) has gotten right to business working on revitalizing the school's rooftop garden, redoing recycling signs, and planning an electronic waste event with other city schools in the spring.
In addition, the students are planning on entering the Green Cup Challenge where schools are asked to measure and reduce electricity use and Greenhouse Gas emissions over a four-week period. The purpose of the challenge is to "empower students and build community, while raising awareness about climate change and the importance of resource conservation.” There is nothing like a little old-fashioned competition to get a bunch of city kids focused on going green.
There is still time to join up. So if you think that your kid’s school might be interested, here is what you need to know:If you register before Dec. 16, the fees are $75. After that, it's $100, and the deadline is Jan. 11. The challenge dates are from January 18 to February 15th. Click here for all the information on how you can get started. And watch out for the Recycle Challenge in April.
Has your kid's school participated in this competition? I'd love to hear how it went!
Francesca Olivieri is co-founder of sage baby, an online eco-friendly baby store offering everything from organic clothes and skin care to furniture. She also runs a green consulting business; blogs for The Family Groove and Scenic Hudson; and contributes to Daily Candy Kids, YogaCity, Citiscoop, and NRDC’s Simple Steps. Please visit her website at FrancescaOlivieri.com.