Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology


Every child deserves a learning environment that’s safe, comfortable and free of harmful toxins. Unfortunately, many schools across the country lack the funds to carry out much-needed repairs and renovations—subjecting children to outdated facilities with improper ventilation, poor lighting and inefficient energy usage. Global Green USA is working to address this situation and ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn in a healthy, green school.
You can help by nominating a school in your area for a Green School Makeover!

I did enter this competition for a school in my area that i thought was in great need of a big change like this. Knowing I could possibly make a difference for them is very heart warming.  The area that school is in could truly be uplifted if it were greener.

Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) in Austin, TX, won the first Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition presented by Pureology. Established in 1856, TSD is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas and provides an exceptional curriculum to deaf and hard of-hearing students, ages 0-22. TSD worked alongside Global Green USA and Pureology to implement the green upgrades and the cost savings will be reinvested into the students’ education. 

TDS's Green School Makeover included:

Energy efficient upgrades:
Retrofitting light fixtures to use energy efficient bulbs = TSD will save enough energy to power an efficient two-bedroom home for a year!
Water conservation:
Replacing manual faucets with automatic technology = TSD will save enough water to fill nine swimming pools! Installing rain barrels to collect water from the roof = Water is now available for areas throughout the campus that do not have irrigation. Bonus: Students learn about the vital function of rainwater harvesting.
Waste reduction:
Installing hands-free dryers in restrooms = The new dryers take half the electricity to run and save paper and materials from going into landfills. Switching to reusable bottles and installing a tap filtration system = TSD reinvests the $20,000 they spent on bottled water every year. Bonus: 88,000 water bottles will be kept out of our landfills!
Educate student body on recycling:
Installing recycling bins across campus = Makes recycling easier and encourages recycling campus-wide. Bonus: Students bring their good recycling habits home to support a greener lifestyle!

If you would like to enter your school of choice you can do so here : http://www.globalgreen.org/greenschoolmakeover

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