KO’s Green Team is working hard to make a difference on campus by taking steps to protect the planet and by educating the KO community about the environment.
Members of this club set a great example, as they can always be found gardening, composting and picking up trash. In October, the Green Team organized a trash pick up along Trout Brook during PLB. “We filled five garbage bags in just half an hour,” senior and club Co-leader Spencer Schaller said. Faculty advisor Lisa Bailey explained that students signed a year long permission slip so they can participate in more trash pick ups in the future. This was a great way for students to make a positive impact while having fun together. “There’s nothing I love more than getting out with the Green Team and cleaning our community,” junior and club Co-leader Emma Henry said.
Based on the success of the trash pick up, the Green Team is planning similar events for the future. “I try to get the Green Team off-campus as much as possible, but with the weather getting colder we’re looking to help out with more on-campus initiatives,” Emma said. One of these on-campus initiatives includes partnering with Sage Dining. “Green Team has been involved with the KO Garden, helping bring fresh food to the cafeteria, and we help with KO’s compost bins,” Emma said.
Additionally, Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and the Green Team is planning a full day of activities for the whole school to participate in. The “Trashion Show” and the rock painting station were among some of the most popular activities from last year. “It’s still a few months away but since it’s our biggest event of the year, we are already getting ready,” Spencer said.
It is clear that the Green Team has high goals. “We’re starting our plastic-free campus initiative, and our aim is to reduce the use of single-use plastics in the cafeteria and at KO events,” Emma said. Green Team believes that small acts can make a big difference. “I’m really excited to see what we accomplish this year,” Emma said.
Faculty advisor Lisa Bailey is proud of how the Green Team is a student lead club. “As a science teacher, I have always been interested in the environment, and it’s great to see that many students are too,” Ms. Bailey said. “Everyone is welcome to join Green Team,” Ms. Bailey said. Students interested in attending meetings should contact Emma, Spencer, or Ms. Bailey directly in order to get on the email list. Meetings usually take place on Tuesdays during Lunch 2, in the garden.
Overall, it is clear that the Green Team is a doing a great job creating opportunities for students to get involved on and off campus to help the environment. Its is important that students learn about what they can do to make a difference.