Green Teams 2012/2013

Through the generous support of the Shane McConkey Foundation, SWEP is able to bring Green Teams to three TTUSD elementary schools (Kings Beach Elementary, Tahoe Lake Elementary and Truckee Elementary) for the 2012/2013 school year.

What:  Green Teams are interactive, educational clubs that empower students and teachers to be good global citizens working to ensure adequate resources for a clean and healthy environment. SWEP educators, along with high school student mentors, facilitate weekly Green Team meetings with student participants to explore green service learning projects including: waste reduction, reuse, recycling, gardening, composting, energy and water conservation, water quality, and pollution prevention. Through these meetings students work together to develop their knowledge, create a sense of civic responsibility, foster a school environment that emphasizes sustainability while practicing data, monitoring and other important language arts, math and science skills.

How:  Shane McConkey Foundation has provided the ability for TTUSD and SWEP to support students towards making tangible differences in their school, home, and in the world at large.

Funding from the Shane McConkey Foundation:

  • Supports TTUSD to implement sustainable strategies and practices at individual school sites
  • Allows SWEP to facilitate project-based sustainability clubs that involves students hands-on, Green improvement projects
  • Creates an informed, empowered, and compassionate student-body who take action to make a difference

Ongoing Green Team Project Goals:

Lunch-Waste Reduction & Audit: Re-usable lunch tray implementation, Re-usable silverware implementation, Terra-Cycle Up-cycling,  Composting

Energy Reduction & Audit:  Energy Efficient Hand Dryers/ Paper Towels, Window Coverings

Watershed Health Projects:  School-Yard Erosion Control,  School-Yard Greening Projects

Repurposing Projects:  Milk Gallon Sandwich Holder, Calendar Boxes, Chip Bag Bows, Homemade Paper with Native Seeds, Milk Carton Wallets

Trashion Shows:  Green Teams participate in school site Trashion Shows along with Envirolution Club mentors advocating for school, student, and community action.

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day:  Green Teams participate in the Children’s Activity Center assisting public with creating foot print pledges (D.O.T. = Do One Thing)

Field Trips:   Eastern Regional Landfill Material Recovery and Transfer Station and The Food Hub’s Grow Dome


Truckee Elementary School Green Team: Tuesdays 3:15-4:30

Kings Beach Elementary School Green Team: Mondays 11:25-12:30

Tahoe Lake Elementary:  Thursdays 12:25-12:55


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