Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Campus Carpool Planters

 PRIMARY SCHOOL FLOWER POTS:  The 8 flower pots that mark the carpool lines were decorated by the primary school classes as an Earth Day project last spring.  Thanks to Mrs. Stauffer who created the flags and planted the flowers.

These pots are found at the end of each primary school carpool line, which marks the line number for student pick up.

Environmental Tips

1.  Be sensible! The Earth might seem like it has abundant water, but in fact only one percent of all water on the planet is available for humans. Look for the WaterSense label to find water efficient products that use less water to do the same job. ( Look for tips this month on how to conserve this valuable and limited resource.

 2.  Make it a full load! Run your dishwasher only when it's full. Give yourself a break. Don't pre-rinse dishes - tests show pre-rinsing doesn't improve dishwasher cleaning, and you'll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load. Studies show hand washing dishes uses more water and more energy (for the hot water) than an energy-efficient dishwasher. When you buy a new dishwasher, look for one that saves water. Water-efficient models use only about only about 4 gallons per wash. (

  3.  Shower power! A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, but taking a five-minute shower saves water by using 10 to 25 gallons. Put a little timer or clock near your shower so you can see how fast you are. (

4.  Make it a full load! The average washing machine uses 40.9 gallons of water per load. If you buy a new washer, shop for a high-efficiency washer that needs less than 28 gallons of water per load. (They also use less detergent so you save money J) To achieve even greater savings, wash only full loads of laundry or be sure to choose the appropriate load size on the washing machine. Most fabrics only need a cold water setting. Check the labels to save energy with cold wash instead of warm or hot.  (

Inspirational Green Video

This is a truly inspirational clip—a group of middle school students who made a determined effort and produced an unexpected impact on their school and community.  Just goes to show you how little things we do matter and how it adds up to big things.

Want to Help Trinity Go Green?

If you are a Trinity parent, supporting and encouraging Trinity and its students in their going green efforts is a great start. In addition, we encourage each member of the Trinity family to adopt green practices at work and at home. The following websites are additional sources of information about the green revolution and provide tips on how you can reduce your carbon footprint:

  • The Daily Green, a consumer's guide to "going green" from;
  • Learn the Issues: Green Living, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website that provides information about ways you can reduce your environmental footprint, from suggestions about everyday grocery purchases to tips on making your home more energy efficient (visitors can also sign up to receive the EPA's Going Green monthly newsletter);
  • 10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green, a website sponsored by the Worldwatch Institute that provides tips on "going green" and "saving green";
  • Low Impact Living, use the environmental impact calculator to determine how your lifestyle impacts the environment and review tips on how to "go green".