A contingent of six students and two adults from Culver Academies is heading to Denver today for the Green Schools National Conference, a two day event dedicated to making green schools a reality. This trip will mark the third time in the past four years a group of Culver students have participated in the conference. The Culver group is participating in the conference thanks to the generous support of the Surdna Foundation. Watch this space for updates from our group as we head west!
Lots going on at Culver Academies to celebrate Green Week. Pictures from the weekend are below. We enjoyed a combination of service, celebration and thought.
On Friday, our community came together for an informative all school assembly dedicated to sustainability. On Saturday, another group of faculty, students and alums spent the morning reviewing our Alumni Advisory Council’s report on sustainability (all 63 recommendations!). Later on Saturday, yet another group of students, parents faculty staff and alumni worked together to plant a small peach and apple orchard on our property.
More to come as Green Week is in full swing!
Green Week, Culver’s annual celebration of sustainability and the environment, begins this Friday, April 20th and continues through the following Friday, April 27th. We’ll have daily activities, including hosting Culver’s Alumni Sustainability Advisory Council this weekend. Here’s a summary of the week’s events. Stay tuned for more!!
Once again, the young women of Culver Girls Academy are leading the way for our school and beyond! Today marks the first meeting of CGA’s Sustainability Committee. These trailblazing Sustainability Prefects (minus two excused absences) are pictured below along with advisers Ms. Nelson and Ms. Pinatell .
The Sustainability Committee Chair and Prefect is the brain child of senior Helen Johnston ’18. A few weeks ago, Helen proposed the idea to the CGA Council who unanimously endorsed it. Here is a picture of Helen presenting the idea to the CGA Council.
The Prefects left today’s meeting with the following list of “to dos” and goals.
For the dorm meeting today:
– If you don’t shut off the lights when you leave the room, that is a room failure
– Recycling will start to become part of KLL
– Age of Consequences (film on sustainability) will be shown this Friday at 6:45 in Roberts!! There will be free pizza and dessert, plus the director will Skype in!!
For the future/ Meeting notes:
Green Week is coming up, come to Green Life (first Tuesday of every month!) if you can.
Camille will be seeing if we can get a dining hall representative to the meeting to change the styrofoam cups, so wait for that e-mail for more information.
Heating has not been effective and should be fixable
Green Week- 13 gallon a day challenge- emphasize what that looks like, could you do it? (Educational/ Dorm challenge)
Ximena: Remind everyone about turning off lights/ trash cans, higher recycling rates. Better cleaning so people do not get sick.
Elizabeth: More effective recycling within the dorm
Ava: Making people more water conscious, fostering a stronger bond between KLL and Sustainability.
GET THE STYROFOAM CUPS OUT OF THE DINING HALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
People clean very ineffectively, make people responsible for each set, get reusable sets for accountability.
Camille: (E-mailing Carol Buchannen) KLL is the big focus, getting consistent checking, hold people accountable.
Leanne: Get people to stop leaving the showers on, more water conscious when cleaning the dishes.
Chase: Education about sustainability and what you can and cannot recycle. Create an environment where girls in the dorm can learn more sustainable habits.
Please join Culver’s Global Studies Institute and the Green Life Club for an evening of conversation, film and food.
On Friday, March 16th, at 6:45 pm in the Crisp Visual Literacy Room (2nd floor of Crisp building), we will be hosting a screening of the documentary “Age of Consequences” which explores the connections between climate change and national security.
We will begin the evening with a skype conversation with Jennifer Lee, Executive Director of the American Conservation Film Festival. “Age of Consequences” was screened at last year’s festival. Ms. Lee will encourage our students to consider submitting short films for inclusion in ACFE’s Next Gen contest.
Following the screening, Capt. Mike Neller will share his insight on this issue based on his years of service in the Navy, as well as his private sector experience.
Pizza, drinks and desserts will be provided.
Culver Academies is seeking your support for our first foray into solar power. Check out the video at this link and join these folks in supporting renewable energy for our school!
Earlier this week, an intrepid band of 10 Green Lifers made the trip to Plymouth to help out the Marshall County Recycle Depot and Executive Director Marianne Peters. Club members sorted batteries, recycled CDs and did some other cleaning. We even made the Depot’s Newsletter!
Greatly appreciate the pizza afterward too!
Here are some more pics.