April: Environment

Carbon Footprint Challenge!

April Advisory

Tuesday April 4th


Wednesday April 5th

April’s global theme is Our Environment. April is such a great time to look at the environment and our impact on it because Earth Day is April 22nd! Please use the information you get here in advisory to decide how you individually, or us, as a school, should mark Earth Day 2017!

This month we are going to take a look at a carbon footprint. You may have heard this term or know what this is but just to review, let’s read this article

Now that you know what a carbon footprint is, use this carbon footprint calculator to determine your own impact on the environment!

When you go to this PBS Kids website and click Get Started! It will ask you for a nickname, your birth date, and your school. Please fill out the information, Corwin International Magnet School should show up when you start typing it in.

Then, answer the questions to the best of your ability and choose any of the green suggestions they give that you feel like you could try. When you are done, take a look at your carbon footprint in comparison to the average.

What do you think about how many worlds we would need if everyone used as many resources or produced as many greenhouse gases as you?

Thursday April 6th

Let’s talk PARCC Testing logistics

With the last 10 or so minutes, please fill out the Research ATL Skills Self Assessment. Reflect on your own level of these skills as you fill out the form.

Next ATL Category focus: Social Skills

Thursday April 13th (6th and 7th grade)

April’s action challenge

So, what are some ways we can reduce our carbon footprint? This month we challenge each student to take the Reduce your Carbon Footprint Challenge. Each student will receive a checklist of ways they can reduce their carbon footprint. Between now and April 26th, check off as many items on the list as possible. Turn in your challenge sheet to advisory on April 26th to be entered into a prize drawing!

Now, visit earthday.org to check out what this year's Earth Day is all about. How are others going to mark the day? How should you? How should we?

Thursday April 20th

Let’s look at the recycling program at our own school. Every Thursday, you bring your class’s recycling bag down for pickup but what are we really doing for the earth? What types of materials can we recycle? What difference does it make here in Pueblo?

The following is from an e-mail sent from Roots Recycling giving us an idea of how the whole process works and where everything goes once we collect our materials.

"We have a bagging system for the collection of recyclable items. We have two bags that we offer, one for glass items only and one for single stream recycling. Single stream basically just means co-mingled materials. We have 2 box trucks that we send out 5 days a week to collect recycling curbside from both residential members as well as commercial businesses. 

The items we accept as well as where they end up:

Plastics 1-7 — We accept all plastics however, we only sort to bale plastic number 2(HDPE). The rest of our plastics we ship off to a company based in Canon City(howard disposal) where they are sorted further. The number 2 bales that we make we ship to a company in Northern Colorado, where they actually turn the materials into vinyl baseboards such as Flex Trim. 

Paper — Office paper, junk mail, newspaper, shred, paperboard, egg cartons etc. We bale mixed paper and ship it off to two companies, one is based in Texas and another in Flagstaff. One breaks the paper down and turns it into the tissue/toilet paper/paper towels you typically see at public schools. The other actually turns the paper into paper board which is the material utilized to make cereal boxes and things of that nature. 

Asceptic Containers — Better known as 1/2 gallon milk or almond milk cartons. We accept and sort this material. When we have enough bales to make a shipment worth it, the company we send those materials off to turn them into new egg carton or packing carton material. 

Cardboard — We accept all clean corrugated cardboard. We bale between 9-18 bales of cardboard a week and when we have a semi full, a good load would be 42,000lbs, we send the material off to a location in Oklahoma, where it gets turned back into cardboard. 

Glass — We accept all glass bottles and jars, colored or clear. We haul a trailer full, 15,000lbs, to Rocky Mountain Bottling Company located in Wheatridge, CO at least once a month. The glass material than gets turned into Coors beer bottles and used again. 

Metals — Steel, Aluminum and Tin. We actually just send all of our scrap metal as well as cans to Dionisio Metal and Iron, in one of their large yellow roll offs. They handle the materials further. 

Single Stream — Single stream items are the materials we didn’t sort in our warehouse, we shipped to Howard Disposal, where they were sorted further.

I have listed the amount of materials we have detoured from our landfill in 2016.
Plastic - 39,983lbs
Paper - 179,998lbs
Cardboard - 2,209,968lbs
Glass - 287,320lbs
Metals - 22,446lbs

Single Stream - 493,972lbs"

Interested in recycling at home? Talk to your parents about contacting Roots Recycling, they pick up from your home.

Each class is going to weigh their recycle bag today and add it into the spreadsheet that was provided to your teacher. Take a look at the graph as each of the classes enter their data. Based on how much recycling we collected as a school in one week, calculate how much recycling we collect each month, each year? Keep your calculations, we are going to use them next week.

Don’t forget Earth Day is this weekend Saturday, April 22nd!

Monday April 24th

Last week, we calculated how much recycling in pounds we collected as a school. How can we tell if we are making a dent or not? Look at some of the info graphics, especially the info graphic titled: Recycling and Composting Helps Save Natural Resources (Also pictured in the right column of this site), from this website. Based on the amount of recycling we collect, how do you feel our school is making an impact?

Next, read this article about the impact of recycling from CBS News and this article from NewsELA. These articles pose the two sides of whether or not recycling is worth it. Based on this information, do you think recycling is worth it? Why or why not? Are there steps we can take as a school to make our consumption and waste habits more effective?

Tuesday April 25th


Wednesday April 26th

Finish last week’s activity about whether or not recycling is worth it. Then, using your ideas about what we could do as a school that would be more effective, create a proposal detailing how. You can do this alone or in groups. Don’t forget to include: Details about what the school can do as a whole (compost in the cafeteria), what each individual student or staff member would have to do (separate their lunch trash differently), materials (composting bins), time, and evidence as to how it would make our school’s environmental impact more effective.

Thursday. April 27th

Today, we are going to wrap up our environmental impact theme by retaking the carbon footprint calculator.

Have you made any personal changes to reduce your carbon footprint? If you took action to reduce your carbon footprint, go here to reflect! Don’t forget to turn in your Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Challenge checklist to be entered into a prize drawing!