Global Green Cup Recycle Challenge 2014 Results

As previously reported in early November, D-E participated in the Green Schools Alliance’s (GSA) Global Green Cup Recycle Challenge for the first time this past fall. Unlike the annual GSA Green Cup Energy Challenge that D-E does each winter, this Challenge runs for four weeks of the school’s choosing, so D-E picked the weeks of Nov. 3-21 and Dec. 1-5.

“We are excited to participate in the Green Schools Alliance Recycle Challenge for the first time, after a number of years of doing the Green Cup Energy Challenge,” said Upper School Science teacher and Environmental Club faculty advisor Don McNeil prior to starting the Challenge. “Students and staff alike are involved in a campus-wide effort to improve our recycling practices, and just as importantly, to reduce our production of waste (recyclable or not) to begin with.”

As an introduction to all three divisions, Environmental Club Co-Presidents Lauren Aboodi ‘15 and Clement Wong ‘15 created a PowerPoint slideshow explaining the Challenge, as well as another slideshow providing an update for the Upper School that featured the above Recycling Mural created by the Environmental Club on the first floor of Klein. Below are the results accrued by the Club throughout the Challenge, as well as the tally kept by GSA:

GSA Results:

Bin Points (% Bins Correctly Sorted)
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
68 63 75 65

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“More importantly, overall we improved significantly after the first week, which of course is the goal,” said Mr. McNeil near the end of the Challenge. “We can also see that the biggest challenge is keeping recyclables out of the garbage. Recycling bins are pretty good.”

“Hopefully we can keep the momentum going through the rest of the year,” he added.


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