BCS Eco News

BCS Going Green(er) | November 2014

Reduce Single Use Plastics

We, the Go Greeners, are fourth graders that are working on a project about single used plastics. We would like BCS and BCS students to use reusable water bottles and not plastic water bottles.

There are many reasons why plastic water bottles are bad for the environment. One example is that the bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to break down and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. It is estimated that over 80% of all single-used water bottles used in the U.S. simply become “litter.” Second, recycling of plastic bottles is only feasible in limited circumstances because only PET bottles can be recycled while all other bottles are discarded. Only one out of five bottles are put into the recycle bin. Third, U.S landfills are overflowing with two million tons of discarded water bottles alone. Fourth, it takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to meet the demand of U.S. water bottle manufacturing. This amount of oil far exceeds the amount needed to power 100,000 bottles for the year, which does not include fossil fuel and the cost of greenhouse gases needed to transport the final product to market. Finally, it is estimated that actually 3 liters of water is used to package 1 liter of bottled water.

BCI's Walk N Roll Program

BCI's Walk N Roll program wants more students to come to BCI via green methods--walking, biking, riding a scooter, carpooling, or in a "green" vehicle. The program, run by the BCI Social/Leadership Club, has organized several events and incentives to encourage more students to participate. The group holds monthly morning celebrations--giving out hot chocolate and raffle tickets to students who make green trips to school. In addition, they have create Green Trip Trackers so that students can track the number of green trips they make to BCI. Once students have completed 35 green trips, they turn the tracker into the BCI office for a prize.

The club recently received a $200 grant from the Roots and Shoots mini-grant program to help with costs associated with the morning celebrations.

BCS Marine Debris Art

We have had several students enter the NOAA Marine Debris 2015 Keep the Sea Free of Debris Art Contest. Nov. 17 is the last day to submit art to this contests. For more information see http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/outreach/artcontest.html.

Recycle Electronics at BCS

Don't forget that you can help both the environment and BCS by recycling your used electronics. Through Waste Management, the BCS office is able to collect and recycle the following electronics: cell phones, inkjet cartridges, laser cartridges, GPS devices, iPods, video games and consoles, DVDs, digital cameras, PDAs, laptops, iPads, Tablets, and eReaders.

We earn cash for these items through Cartridges for Kids so bring your unused electronics to the BCS office!