Saint George School has created an environmental awareness campaign called PROJECT GREEN. It was started during the academic year 2010-2011 by several high school students from the Class of 2013 and has included students from all age groups throughout the campus as well as teacher and staff participation. It is sponsored by Mr. Donald Gotz, High School Social Studies teacher and environmental activist. We have received support from several local businesses and Non-Governmental Organizations who have sponsored recycling campaigns that include 66 other academic institutions as well. We follow the concepts of the 3 R’s, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
The mission of PROJECT GREEN is as follows:
To make Saint George School a green learning environment with the facilities needed to fulfill this commitment to live in harmony with the natural environment.
Objective: A long term project to help students, teachers, staff and employees learn the importance of re-using materials such as paper, cardboard and plastic bottles, recycling the same products when they cannot be reused, and reducing the amount of trash produced by consuming less and purchasing products that use recycled materials.
Immediate Goals: To collect these materials to be recycled, as well as plastic water, soda and juice bottles. The students, staff and employees of Saint George School will collect from the school, bring from home and family businesses, and collect from neighbors, family and friends and to include these themes in its academic curriculum.
The Long-Term Goal: Saint George School will become a recycling center where the Saint George family demonstrates that it is dedicated to making recycling part of the school’s normal culture and to show our young students and adults alike that changing the culture is not difficult if all participate from day one.
Saint George students have set up bottle collection areas where all plastic beverage bottles are drained, crushed and put into plastic bags for recycle. There are boxes designed for the collection of school paper, old notebooks, construction paper, used poster paper and any other paper products on the recycle list. There are designated areas for the separate collection of newspaper brought in by students, family and friends. There are several families and businesses who bring in shredded paper to their designated collection zones as well.
The PROJECT GREEN students have made videos discussing what we can do to help save the environment, will be writing a guide book to help students and families to recycle more effectively, and will create science and engineering projects to help the school and community to reduce, reuse and recycle more effectively. We will continue to do more, and educate not only ourselves but involve the entire community around us to help us make this planet a safer, cleaner place to live.
Project Green Manager
Upper School Social Studies Teacher