Green Schools Initiative
|What do Rosa Parks Elementary School in California, Dirksen Middle School in Illinois, and Northwestern High School in Florida have in common? They've all received "green makeovers," courtesy of CBS!
All three schools won a "Green My School Contest" held by CBS Corporation's EcoMedia division in 2009. In response to the question "What does it mean to be green?" schools across the country sent in videos, pictures, collages, music and essays in which they composed "green" visions of their schools. EarthBox was one of several sponsors of this event.
Each of the three winning schools was awarded products and services ranging from $150,000 to $250,000, and the makeovers took over a year to complete. These prizes were funded by EcoMedia's unique business model, which gives advertisers sustainable media sponsorships adding value beyond traditional advertising. These were secured from a cross-section of public and private partnerships.
"The practice of sustainable agriculture through the EarthBox Turnkey Instructional School Gardens is a perfect fit for the CBS-EcoZone Green Schools Initiative," notes Paul Polizzotto, EcoMedia president. "The materials and curriculum provided by EarthBox to help students learn where their food comes from, and how to grow and eat healthy vegetables and fruits, is extremely valuable to children today.
"In addition, the EarthBox planting curriculum has been demonstrated to help raise test scores. This program is perfectly aligned with the goal of our Green Schools Initiative, which is to educate and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards."
Read on to find out how each winning school was transformed!
If you're interested in starting an EarthBox school project of your own, just click here or contact our Education Department at 1-800-821-8838, ext 8348 or 8369.
EcoMedia provides the CBS Corporation with a green
point-of-difference for advertisers. Each EcoMedia advertisement devotes a portion of the
marketer's buy to fund local environmental projects and technologies -- like
solar installations and energy efficiency retrofits -- in communities all
across the United States.
Since 2002, EcoMedia has partnered with
communities and advertisers across the country to actively protect oceans from
pollution, safeguard endangered fishing habitats, provide harbor and watershed
protection, promote recycling and ridesharing, save energy, conserve water, and
plant trees. Click here for more
information about EcoMedia, the EcoZone Program, and the CBS & EcoZone
Green Schools Initiative.
Monthly Drawing For A $50
EarthBox Gift Certificate!
Educators, we want to support you in every way we can. One way we show our appreciation is with our monthly drawing for a $50 EarthBox gift certificate.
This issue's winner is Allen Leadingham of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) army base in New Mexico.
Allen and his summer camp kids at WSMR eat their lunches in the base EarthBox garden, and use herbs from the garden in ther meals. Allen says that he and his boss are very happy with the EarthBox production, and will be ordering more replant kits next year.
We'll have the full story and a picture for you in the next issue!
We'll be posting more winners as we choose them -- and we're still waiting to hear from you!
Are You in the
The National Directory of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) can help promote your after-school program, which in turn can lead to increased membership, funding, and partnership opportunities.
The Coalition for Science After School has partnered with Time Warner Cable to create this on-line national directory, and participation is absolutely free. Time Warner Cable, to support children and families, will promote STEM with Public Service Announcements throughout a five-year campaign.
EarthBox Education wants to collectively upload information to the site. To do this, we need to hear from you. Please email your contact information and program description to Molly Philbin at email@example.com for loading. When the information is uploaded, you will receive an email with a login and password information, and you're in!
It's no secret that childhood obesity
is epidemic. Indeed, the prevalence of obesity among elementary school age
children has more than tripled in the last 30 years, rising to a staggering
19.6% of 6-11 year olds.
To help us get back on the nutritional track, the U.S Department of
Agriculture (USDA) has developed several
sites that provide critical information on preventing obesity. Their interactive websites include video clips,
games, and information on nutrition, exercise and diets specifically geared to children and young adults. There are plenty
of links available for adults, too. In a similar vein, the Department of Health and Human Services offers a helpful
website dedicated to family health.
And of course you, our community of educators, are
an effective community resource for helping to stave off this problem. Growing
fresh produce in EarthBoxes with your students gives them valuable lifelong
lessons about healthy choices, lessons that they can share with others.
And on that note...
We'd like to expand our community of EarthBox
educators, so we invite you to send us a list of five valid email addresses
with first and last names of educators. Those of you who provide five
valid email addresses (i.e., ones that don't bounce) will receive a free EarthBox replant kit! Just shoot me an email with "Educator Referrals" in the subject line. The deadline is December 31, 2010, and don't forget to let us know where you'd like us to send the replant kit.
finally: in this issue, we offer a special feature on the three schools that
were this past year's CBS-EcoMedia Award Winners. EarthBox is one of several sponsors of the contest. We donated an entire EarthBox Instructional School Garden to each winning school, including EarthBox Ready to Grow Kits, staking systems, stands, and age-appropriate curricula and guides. You can learn more about each winner below, and about EcoMedia in the column to the left.
In the fall, we'll go
back to our three regular features: Schools, Community and Around the World.
|Green School Makeover #1|
Rosa Parks Elementary, San Francisco, CA
result of receiving their EcoMedia award in 2009, San Francisco's Rosa Parks Elementary
now has a new outdoor environmental learning center, a solar display and
observatory, an extensive energy efficiency lighting retrofit, an organic
garden, and much more. In addition, EcoMedia has
created a sustainable environmental program for the students.
students at Rosa Parks Elementary have made the city of San Francisco proud,"
says San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. "The school's commitment to
the environment, and the students' creativity and responsibility in effecting a
change in the community, should serve as a shining example for their peers as
well as future generations."
media sponsorships were secured from a cross-section of public and private
partnerships, including lead sponsor Pacific
Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Microsoft,
TCP, O Organics and
many others. Supporters include the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the EPA's EnergyStar program.
initiative at Rosa Parks Elementary was overseen by a green schools coach
certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. EcoMedia
also worked closely with the San Francisco Unified School District to provide a
sustainable environmental program along with outdoor/indoor projects and
Parks makeover celebration took place this past May, at their newly transformed
courtyard-turned-environmental learning center. You can take a look at
their FaceBook video here.
|Green School Makeover #2|
Everett M. Dirksen Middle School, Calumet City, IL
Dirksen Middle School was retrofitted with energy-efficient
lighting (courtesy of TCP, an energy-efficient
lighting company), which will reduce the school's carbon footprint by over
330,000 pounds (equivalent to planting 102 trees) and save $13,500 a year. In
addition, the school received green bathroom renovations courtesy of Sloan, and green tools and elements for their
learning spaces and curriculum.
Lead sponsors TCP and EarthEra provided
renewable energy that balanced the carbon emissions associated with 100% of the
electricity used for the 2009-2010 school year. In addition, every student
and faculty member received one renewable energy certificate offsetting 1,324
lbs of carbon emissions -- equivalent to the average sized vehicle driving
1,500 miles. Other lead sponsors included Sloan and the Plumbing Council of Chicagoland.
Supporters included NOAA and the EnergyStar Program.
EcoMedia worked with the Suburban Cook County
Regional School District to provide a sustainable environmental program, along
with outdoor/indoor projects and supplies. The makeover celebration took place
in June 2010, in a student-filled auditorium at the Everett M. Dirksen Middle
You can take a look at their FaceBook video here.
|Green School Makeover #3|
Northwestern High School, Miami, FL
As part of the renovation project at Miami's
Northwestern High School, EarthEra provided renewable
energy equivalents that balanced the carbon emissions associated with 100% of
the electricity used for the 2009-2010 school year. In addition, every student
and faculty member also received a renewable energy certificate offsetting
1,324 lbs of carbon emissions per person. The school has also been
equipped with extensive energy efficiency lighting retrofits, courtesy of TCP, which will reduce the school's carbon
footprint by over 1,700,000 pounds (equivalent to planting 519 trees), and will
produce significant savings on energy bills.
In addition, this school's makeover also
included green restroom renovations, courtesy of Sloan, and green tools and elements for their
learning spaces and curriculum. A solar installation in the school's courtyard,
courtesy of Abender Solar, is planned for completion this
summer. A computer connection monitoring the energy production of solar
panels will offer students additional science curriculum opportunities.
"Recent events have demonstrated the
importance of protecting our environment and preserving our natural resources,"
said Alberto M. Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Superintendent of Public
Schools. "The wonderful gifts that have been shared with our
students at Miami Northwestern Senior High School will go a long way in
accomplishing those goals, as well as teaching our students about taking care
of the world in which we live."
The makeover celebration in Miami took place
in June, in the auditorium at Northwestern High School.
The SPIN on EarthBox
Did you know that EarthBox
is a SPIN supplier? SPIN stands for S-mall P-lot IN-tensive gardening. This is
inexpensive-to-implement vegetable farming system that makes it possible to
earn income from land smaller than an acre. SPIN can work very well for those
new to farming, as well as for experienced farmers who just want to change their approach.
Since growers don't need to own their own land (you can affordably rent or
barter a small piece of land), SPIN works in urban, suburban and small town
settings alike, and fits into any lifestyle.
SPIN farmers can
find many ways to take advantage of EarthBoxes. They can be used to intensify
ground based production, by increasing the number of crops that can be grown on
a plot during a growing season. For example, a ground based crop can be planted
in a farm plot, which SPIN farming refers to as a "segment." This
crop can be harvested and another ground based crop grown, while a third crop
is growing in EarthBoxes in a separate area.The result is additional crops, without using extra land.
increase land-based options for urban SPIN farmers by enabling them to put contaminated
sites into production. Crops can grow in the EarthBoxes on marginal or
even polluted sites. The portability of the EarthBoxes is another
advantage for SPIN farmers. Many urban SPIN farms occupy multiple
locations, so having a movable growing medium is especially helpful in
providing flexibility and increased yields.
information on SPIN farming, click here.
The Captain Planet Foundation
Remember Captain Planet? He's still around, and still
doing everything he can to save the world! The Captain Planet Foundation is committed
to supporting hands-on environmental projects for young people, providing grants
from $250 to $2,500 to school and community groups. Think you have what it
takes to be a Planeteer? Just click here.
Want to increase
your ecological literacy and spread the news about EarthBox? Click here. This is a cool "green"
site that offers EarthBox Educators an opportunity to tell their stories
online. We're hoping some of you will share!
way: to see some superb education videos, just click this link.
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Educators, please mention the Source Code EDUDISC when ordering your EarthBox to be eligible for a free $50 EarthBox gift certificate! Winners will be selected from our customer base and announced in each issue of our newsletter.
|The patented EarthBox was developed by commercial farmers, and proven in the lab and on the farm. Our maintenance-free, award-winning, high-tech growing system controls soil conditions, eliminates guesswork, and more than doubles the yield of a conventional garden -- with less fertilizer, less water and virtually no effort. |
It's used successfully on a daily basis by commercial farmers, educators, and consumers. Distributors are also finding it to be a popular growing system.
EarthBox is a remarkably easy-to-set-up system that can be used to grow produce virtually anywhere. EarthBox systems have been incorporated into community gardens all over the world, enabling families and neighbors to share fresh produce, while minimizing work and expenses.
EarthBoxes can even be found in classrooms. Our EarthBox Pre-K through 12th grade standards-based curriculum support packages can bring science to life, with hands-on cross-curricula lessons that teach principles of growing and nutrition utilizing the scientific method in student-driven experiments.
To find out more, visit www.earthbox.com. To request a catalog, call 888-917-3908.