Hitting “Refresh” for CCUSD’s Green5 – Shea Cunningham

ERM025AC A Green5 refresher: Practicing the Green5 – also known as the Five Rs — is a simple way we can reduce our impact on the environment, save money and enhance our community. Remember to (1) REDUCE your use of disposable packaging waste, energy and water consumption as much as possible; (2) REUSE whatever materials you can – for example, you can pack zero-waste lunches; (3) RECYCLE carefully so we can avoid sending recyclable or compostable materials to the landfill; (4) RIDE your bike, scoot or walk whenever possible – it’s healthy, saves money and reduces Greenhouse Gases and other pollution; and (5) RETHINK your actions and be a part of the solution! We can address our shared global environmental challenges by working together to create a sustainable community!

Together we are making a difference! Did you know that just since February 2014, when our Green5 solar project began to generate electricity from the sun, (1) we have avoided millions of pounds of GHGs, (2) it has had the environmental benefit equivalent to planting more than 100,000 trees grown over 10 years, and (3) it has added more than $1,000,000 to CCUSD’s general fund? Moreover, our Green5 recycling and composting program is now diverting an estimated 10 tons of plastic, aluminum and glass recyclables from the landfill every year, where climate changing GHGs and other pollutants are generated.

We are proud to announce that the Grades of Green organization has chosen Culver City Middle School as the winner of the “Best Permanent Sorting Station” award and also presented the school with $100 to go toward purchasing more reusable items to be raffled off to the student body this school year. Our custom-designed two-stream (recycling and landfill) and three-stream (recycling, compost and landfill) sorting stations are now considered a model and other school districts and agencies are taking notice and following our lead! We are also very proud to announce that our very own Green5 sustainability program has won the South Bay Business Environmental Coalition’s 8th annual SoCal Environmental Excellence Development (SEED) Award! The SEED Award honors local initiatives helping to improve environmental sustainability and quality of life in the South Bay. Green5 Sustainability Program Coordinator Shea Cunningham will accept the award on September 24th on behalf of the District.

We need YOU! CCUSD’s Environmental Sustainability Committee is looking for community stakeholders who understand the importance of supporting and forwarding sustainability progress for our community. We need representatives – parents, students and staff — from each school site to join in on the fun adventure and share whatever expertise you may have. You can devote as little or as much time as you are able. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Green5 Sustainability Program Coordinator Shea Cunningham: [email protected]t

– Culver Currents

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