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Green Team raises environmental awareness

November 8, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - Roughly 150 people attended the Tupper Lake Middle/High School Green Team's event Sept. 29 at the L.P. Quinn Elementary School, as part of International Green Schools Day of Service.

The event was meant to raise awareness about reducing people's carbon footprint. The Wild Center's Ollie greeted people.

There were nine learning stations, including the following:

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Green Team member Mitch Harriman explains the end-of-the-year locker cleanout recycling program.
(Photo courtesy of Kathleen Eldridge)

1. Every half hour Green Team led guided field trips to their root cellar, compost storage bin and compost station.

2. Gretchen O'Leary manned the Compost Table, where she displayed all kinds of resources and people signed up to receive more information digitally.

3. There was a Casella Zero-Sort information table, which illustrated the different kinds of recyclable materials that could be put in just one recycle bin.

4. Green Team students manned a "Make a Compost Totem" table where students pre-K and above made compost "totems" that showed the ratio of layering carbon to nitrogen in a compost pile.

5. Audri and Destiny were at a compact florescent lightbulb table, where people were taught about the savings achieved by switching to CFLs. The Green Team also passed out donated 350 CFL bulbs and coupons for free ice cream cones from Stewarts and McDonald's.

6. Parents had an opportunity to photograph their children behind a carrot-corn-beet veggie board.

7. A table was set up to describe what "350" means and illustrate what Runaway Climate Change looked like in Tupper Lake with the flooding in 2011.

8. A refreshment table offered fresh fruits, veggies, 350 carrot muffins from Larkins and cheese pizza, all donated by the Tri-Lakes businesses.

9. Face painting was set up at another table where fruits, veggies, butterflies and wildflowers were the choices.



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