Carihi Green Team

Leading by example

School: Carihi Secondary

Votes Received: 160

“At Carihi, not only are students encouraged, they are empowered to be the change they wish to see,” – Alex Mader. In September 2008, two students approached humanities teacher Wayne Demerse about starting an environmental awareness and action group. They were inspired by a program they took in Powell River known as Sustainability Toolbox. Thus the Green Team was born. The Green Team started as a small movement of two concerned students who saw opportunity, and quickly swelled in numbers as other students from other groups joined ranks. The Green Team’s first initiative was their garbage audit. This greatly helped to raise awareness in their school community. Their initiatives quickly expanded from school-wide, to community-wide initiatives. Volunteer students from other Carihi clubs, such as Carihi Interact, Carihi Leadership, and Carihi Crew all began to join in on the movement. Now, even in 2010, the Green Team is still going strong. We meet every Thursday where members discuss and plan out future endeavors and discuss pressing environmental issues in our community. Since September 2009, the Green Team has done beach clean-ups alongside the Carihi Interact club, as well as a clean up of our local Nunns Creek, which flows by Carihi. Students have planted trees at their local compost education centre, an initiative known as ‘Trees For Tomorrow’ and have also organized ‘Hug-A-Mug’ days, where members of the Green Team give out free hot chocolate to students and staff who bring their own reusable mugs. This initiative helped to raise awareness on the waste produced by Styrofoam and paper cups. Members of the Carihi Green Team are proud of their composting program. It started with two small composting buckets located in the staffroom and Mr. Demerse’s classroom. Recently, the composting program has been expanded into Carihi’s many hallways. The long-term goal of the program is to have composting buckets in every classroom. In December 2009, students from the Carihi Green Team volunteered to participate in the Youth Ambassador Program, funded by BC Hydro. Volunteers went through a six-hour training program. They have recently completed an energy audit in their school, and will soon be going to elementary and middle schools within the district. The objectives of the ambassadors are to raise awareness within the school district. The possibility of earning one thousand dollars, offers the Green Team a unique opportunity to greatly expand their composting program. We intend to construct a single, large composting bin that could serve the entire school, with little maintenance. To encourage more school involvement, we would buy the required materials for Carihi’s carpentry and metalwork programs. With this strategy, we are confident that the Carihi Green Team would have sufficient funding for the next generation of students. We hope to sell the compost back to the community, creating a form of funding for the school’s many programs. -Special Thanks go to Zac Whyte, Drew Williams, Elaine Jansen, Luisa Richardson, Philip Stone, Wayne Demerse, Joe Shields, and Campbell River Mayor Charlie Cornfield.

Mentors Consulted

Power of R (Zac Whyte), Elaine Jansen


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