Sustainability at Culver

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Green Life Club Underway!

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Culver’s Green Life club had its first organizational meeting of the 2017-18 school year this past week.  More than 50 students made it to the 7:45 am meeting, notwithstanding the fact a regimental sleep-in had been declared the night before! That’s dedication!  With more than 200 students expressing interest in Green Life, the club is poised to hit the ground running in 2017-18.

The full club meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:45 am in Roberts Auditorium. Club leaders for 2017-18 are Adam Davis ’18 and George Cruikshank ’18, co-presidents, and Molly Kubaszyk ’18, communications.

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Green Life officers at first meeting of 2017-18 School Year

The club also has two working committees, one focusing  on education and outreach and the second focusing on projects.  The education/outreach committee is led by Helen Johnston ’18 and Nora Kline ’19.  This committee will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for breakfast in the Dining Hall.  This committee will focus on providing information to the community on sustainability and the Green Life!  If you have an idea for films, speakers, or other outreach activities, this is the group for you.

The projects/outings committee will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the Dining Hall mezzanine.  This committee is led by Goldie Blackson ’18 and Henry Stewart ’19.  This group will work on setting up specific projects for the community, including volunteer trips to the Recycle Depot, trail maintenance and cleanup, camping trips and other outings.

Very excited about the club and its prospects for the upcoming year!

 

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Green Life and Community Service Council Volunteer at Blueberry Festival

Culver students volunteered their time for a good cause at Indiana’s largest 4 day festival, the Blueberry Festival in Plymouth.  Members of Culver Academies Green Life and Community Service clubs spent the afternoon assisting in the Festival’s recycling efforts.  Coordinated by the Marshall County Recycle Depot,  eight students  wore visible recycling uniforms and checked  bins across the park over the course of a lovely summer afternoon.  The added benefits of blueberry shakes, lemon shake ups, roasted ears of corn and  pretty much any kind of deep fried treat helped make the effort worth while.

Check out our intrepid volunteers!

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Getting geared up!

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Ready to promote recycling!


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Hoosier Riverwatch — A Great Program for Indiana!

This past weekend, I had the good fortune to participate in the Hoosier Riverwatch training program.hooisers river watch graphic  Sponsored by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management,  the purpose of Hoosier Riverwatch is to encourage Indiana  citizens to become active stewards of our water resources through watershed education, water monitoring and cleanup activities.  The training was hosted by Deb Palmer from Marshall County’s excellent Soil and Water Conservation Office , and was expertly taught by Jennifer Krauser, a volunteer  with Hoosier  Riverwatch.  We spent the morning in the  classroom, reviewing basic elements for determining water quality in our area streams by examining physical, chemical  and biological properties of these systems.  Lots of great hands-on learning.  Watershed PresentationHere’s an image of a rudimentary, but effective way to model a watershed.

In the afternoon, we headed out to a nearby tributary of the Yellow River where we put our training to practice.  This particular stream flows through Plymouth’s Centennial Park and will be surrounded by Blueberry Festival-goers this coming weekend.  Over the course of 3 hours under Jennifer’s and Deb’s guidance, we measured the aforementioned parameters and, while we haven’t crunched all of the data just yet, it appears this 200′ section of stream was in pretty good shape.

Below are more images from the  day.  A great tutorial and wonderful folks with whom  to learn!  If you have the opportunity to participate in this training, I encourage you to do so!

 

 


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Free Hoosier Riverwatch Training — August 26 — Marshall County SWCD

Interested in some hands-on learning about water quality in our area lakes and streams?  Want to learn what you can do to help improve the health of our local environment?  This free training is for you.  Sponsored by the Marshall County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management,  Hoosier Riverwatch is day-long combined classroom and field session which introduces citizens to basic water quality monitoring techniques.  A great program for teachers, students and anyone with an interest in our area’s lakes and streams.   Check out the information below and see you there!Hoosier River Watch.PNG


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Marshall County Food Council Awarded SARE Grant

The Marshall County Food Council, of which Culver Academies is a founding member, has received its first grant!

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Marshall County Food Council Members, Spring 2017 meeting.

The team training grant focuses on developing farm to school food programs in our community and is sponsored by the Purdue Extension Program and the Indiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.

In August, Council members will participate in a webinar; following the webinar, the team will attend an all day training workshop in Indianapolis.  The grant covers costs (travel, training materials, instruction) associated with the training program.

Several similar organizations throughout the state were awarded this grant, so there will be an opportunity to network and share experiences on how to develop local agriculture in our schools.  This map shows the location of other award winners.  Watch this space for more information about the Marshall County Food Council!