Monthly Archives: May 2013
On Saturday, April 20, TTUSD was a big part of the Tahoe Truckee community celebrating Earth Day. The Village at Squaw Valley was surrounded with TTUSD booths and activities, including a booth showcasing scratch cooking and our new food program under the direction of TTUSD’s Director of Food Services, Kat Soltanmorad, as well as information about big savings and grants made possible by the district-wide energy and waste reduction efforts at the schools, led by TTUSD’s C.E.M./Project Manager, Anna Klovstad. Tahoe Lake Elementary helped children make biodegradable flower pots for native wildflowers and Truckee Elementary educated kids about ways that they can reduce their carbon footprint on the earth. Tahoe Truckee High’s Envirolution Club was once again the highlight of the day with their amazing Trashion Show. This year, they were joined on stage by the Green Teams of Truckee Elementary, Kings Beach Elementary and Tahoe Lake Elementary. Glenshire Elementary’s Eco Club has so many great green projects going that they had their own full day Earth Day festival on April 22.
TTUSD has a lot to celebrate when it comes to going green. Since its inception in 2008, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s Sustainability and Energy Conservation Program has been actively saving general fund dollars and CO2 emissions. Together we have saved over $400,000 each of the last two years in electricity and gas alone. The program is continually expanding – recycling, water, purchasing, green cleaning techniques, and more. The enthusiasm of our scholars with our green initiatives and the collaboration that continues to evolve is extremely gratifying. Community organizations such as Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP), Sierra Cost Management, and Truckee Tahoe Sierra Disposal have rallied to give guidance and help along with our principals, teachers, TTUSD food service staff, site administrators and custodians–all cooperating to provide hands-on education for our scholars and to save our natural resources. All of this is made possible by the work of our PTOs and with the support of the Shane McConkey Foundation.
Last year SWEP carried a theme borrowed from partner ACE (Alliance for Climate Education) of “D.O.T.’s” or “Do One Thing” into the elementary schools Trashion shows. The idea is to encourage everyone to come up with just one thing he/she can do for the environment. SWEP carried this theme into Earth Day pledges at elementary schools over to Earth Day. Students made D.O.T. Handprint pledges. This year we are “Doing Another Thing”, D.A.T. footprint pledges. Last year your pledge may have been to use a reusable water bottle as your DOT…what is your DAT for this year?
In the Green Team’s efforts to reach out to all students in helping to reduce lunch room waste, the clubs produced a “How To” video. This video demonstrates how anyone that can operate a pair of scissors can make a sandwich or salad container out of a gallon milk container, that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill! The Green Team hopes that students will pack reusable containers or make their own from this “How To” do help in reducing plastic ziplock bags in the lunch room waste stream.