A very simple equation: what goes in, must come out.
This is valid for how New Rochelle’s schools are dealing with their garbage.
Here is a interesting article on how nationwide schools are the key to recycling and environmental awareness, but not all schools are equal in that regard.
New Rochelle’s schools were until 2011 doing absolutely nothing in ways of recycling.
I started pushing the issue and with great pride I can say that we now have 5 schools actively source separating in the lunchrooms as well as more or less streaming the building waste. There are still many ways on how that can be improved and the students are the key to it all.
Education and hands on involvement is what is needed to -literally- bring the message home.
But nothing is more detrimental to a child than to see that no matter his effort to recycle, the custodian will just throw it all back together.
Education is the key, but the adult support is the lock. We cannot open the door to a more sustainable future with all its benefits without adult commitment.
I am calling for New Rochelle’s schools to increase its environmental education and I am calling for Buildings and Grounds to actually live up to Mr Quinn’s recycling mandate.
These are my remarks at last nights BOE meeting. I want to thank President Lacher for welcoming me so warmly to the microphone.
My name is Anna Giordano. I want to start out by congratulating you to the appointment of John Barnes and Melissa Passarelli as principals. Those are great people and I am sure ALMS and Webster are thriving with them.
Last week I got from you a call on my home phone, a call on my cell phone, a text on my cell phone and an email to inform me that school is about to start again. I think it is wonderful that you have embraced the technology to that extend.
I was actually blown away to hear today to what extend you are embracing new technologies and you seem to have a fabulous driver for this in this teacher who just got tenure.
Way to go!
So, how about we embrace environmental sustainability with the same vigor.
Last week, I got these two mailings. One was from Webster school. It contained 4 full sheets of single page printed documents, plus two half. It all came in a 6×9 envelope, costing 66 cents to mail.
Mr Quinn said during the budget discussions that he found a way to save $200,000 for printing. It looks like we overlooked this opportunity here. Here we could be saving 85% of the cost associated with this mailing by embracing double page printing, using normal envelopes and normal 46c letter stamps. Continue reading New Rochelle Schools Need A Driver to make Environmental Change happen