|Green Happenings will focus on all things eco-important taking place in our community.|
St. Catherine's School is converting sunshine into electricity!
You can see current (no pun intended) energy generation here: Solren Live Energy Meter
Stay tuned for more information about the 50 kw solar installation on the Kenny Center Gym roof and how sunlight is converted into building power.
Photo by Ann P.
Check out the Community Garden page for updates on activities there.
St. Catherine's Faculty and staff have set-up recycling efforts on campus with the addition of a recycling dumpster provided with the renovation of the Dining Hall and Washington Hall project. As of April 2012 we have doubled our recycling pickup schedule due to the amazing efforts by the community to recycle on campus. The dining hall donates used cooking oil to a local bio fuel company for processing. A test is underway by the dining hall for kitchen scraps to be donated to the community garden.
Student-led Ecology Club and SEA continue to help with recycling efforts to collect item from across campus.
St. Catherine's Goochland Field recently installed underground rain-water storage to use for field-watering and toilet supply in the field house. This is a first for Goochland county.
Green Cup Challenge
St. Catherines participated in the Green Cup Recycling Challenge at all divisions. The goal for this fall contest was to take a sample of recycling bins and regular trash containers and verify the correct placement of items. Bins were checked on a weekly basis if recycling content was in the regular bin and if non recycling content was in the recycling bin.
St. Cathrine's school competed against 67 other schools as far away as Kenya.
Results are posted at the Green Cup Challenge website: http://www.greencupchallenge.net/recyclechallenge/results.html
The Ecology Club led the Middle School in participating in the 2012 Green Cup Recycle Challenge which is an inter-scholastic competition that supports campus greening efforts including recycling. Thirty three schools from as far away as Moscow competed, and St. Catherine’s tied for eleventh place, achieving the level of Recycling Steward, just five points shy of the highest level, Recycling Champion. During the Challenge, schools united to improve recycling compliance, decrease contamination, raise awareness about consumption, and celebrate their waste reduction efforts. To learn more, visit http://greencupchallenge.net/.
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