NET ZERO IS GENERATIONON CLUB OF THE MONTH AUGUST 2013
In recognition of our work on maintaining our own beehive and raising awareness of the harmful effects of neonicotinoids on bees, Fairview Net Zero has been chosen as GenerationOn‘s National Club of the Month for the month of August! Read the article here.
Dustin Michaels, Head Beekeeper, Ella Hushka, Rosa Lawrence, Daniel Ho, Jaimie Zhu, Lizzy Dresselhaus and Cambria Heuston installed 20,000 bees into our beehive on April 26, 2013. The following week Katie Li and Dustin Michaels went to check on them. All is great.
What a spring! First Fairview Net Zero won the 2012 EPA Presidential Environmental Youth Award, then Emma Hutchinson was chosen to give a Junior Ted Talk on Net Zero at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in front of a packed auditorium in Denver, then Plan Boulder County announced that they are giving Net Zero an award at their May 4th banquet and on May 1st it was announced that Net Zero won 1st Place in the national Bag It Plastic Free Schools Competition (Congrats on the Bag It competition goes to Rowan Hussein, Kevin Sun, Daniel Ho, Lizzy Dresselhaus and Ruthie Wu). Incredible!
BIKE COLLECTION 2013
Katie Li is working with the folks from Bike to School Day to have a used bike donation drop off at Fairview H.S. on April 17th, 2013. Despite having a foot of snow that day, the event was a success, collecting well over 20 bikes.
COLORADO MAKING WAVES OCEAN SYMPOSIUM 2012
Excellent job on the dynamite booth this year at the Ocean Symposium. We had 15 students work the booth and got the word out about plastic pollution in our oceans. Special kudos go to Kevin Sun for creating 2 wonderful posters with his graphic art skills, to Anna Smith for designing our banner and Lee Pappas for converting the file so it could be blown up to a 5 foot x 3 foot size. And kudos to Ruthie Wu for improving last year’s brochure to hand out. It was an honor to be given our own booth this year which is certainly the result of your excellent work last year.
BOULDER PAPER AND PLASTIC BAG FEE (UPDATE) 2011-12
November 11, 2012 A 10-Cent Fee Ordinance on Paper AND Plastic bags Passes/Law Goes into Effect, July 13th, 2013.
City of Boulder Business Sustainability Director, Jamie Harkins informs us that Breckenridge passes an identical ordinance after contacting Boulder. She further states that cities across the country have been contacting her in hopes of duplicating the ordinance. Local cities are now looking into it including Lafayette and DENVER.
Dustin Michels, Lizzy Dresselhaus, Anna Smith, Katie Li, Lee Pappas and Jaimie Zhu spoke at City Council on October 2nd before the 1st reading of the proposed ordinance. The ordinance moved forward and on October 16th will likely be made law. The City Council thanked Fairview Net Zero for their leadership on the issue and we were once again quoted in the Daily Camera’s headline story. In the end this will result in the reduction of millions of plastic and paper bags from the world annually. After over a year of researching and lobbying, the effort is finally paying off big time.
CELL PHONE RECYCLING 2012
Katie Li got a cellphone recycling bin put in the Fairview office in September. We can now recycle cellphones and other electronics. The proceeds will go to the Latin Club. It was a ton of paperwork to get it going so great job to Katie for persisting!
GENERATION ON GRANTS 2012
Five members of the club submitted Gen On grants. Four are for building beehives to help boost Boulder bee population. Thanks to Lizzy Dresselhaus for effectively heading up this successful endeavor. Emma Hutchinson wrote a grant for our booth expenses for the Colorado Making Waves Ocean Symposium in October. Ruthie Wu’s submisson for beehive funding was one of the few grants accepted nationwide.
AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING 2012
We were invited to speak to the Audubon Society about our environmental initiatives in Sept., 2012. Lizzy Dresselhaus, Emma Hutchinson and Kira Headrick gave short speeches and 9 students attended. Lee Pappas and Anna Smith finished our Net Zero banner and got it printed on vinyl for future use. It was impressive. Eileen Drolet and Rowan Hussein wrote a proposal to an Audubon Society member for funding for the Making Waves 2012 Ocean Symposium booth and received the full $322 funding. This will enable us to really get the word out about plastics.
FAIRVIEW LOCKER CLEAN OUT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS 2012
Ruthie Wu organized two days of locker clean out for the entire school with a group from NHS. Thank to everyone who volunteered. Fairview recycled more than any other school this year.
IT’S OFFICIAL: FAIRVIEW HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE THE FIRST ECOCYCLE GREEN STAR HIGH SCHOOL IN THE STATE!!!!
Composting will be coming to Fairview in December, 2012 as a result of our lobbying in 2009. Congratulations to everyone!
FPO GRANTS 2012:
We are writing two grants for a total of $2100 from the FPO. Thanks to Cindy Zou and Shannon Burke for writing one and Vivian Chen, Rowan Hussein and Jen Zhu for writing the other one. The first was submitted 2/21/12. In April it was announced that we received both grants. $1250 for environmental books and documentaries for the library which the library matched…for a total of $2500 and $850 for composting metal bins for the student center to match the existing recycling and waste bins. CONGRATULATIONS!! Many of the books are here and on the shelves as of October, 2012.
Lizzy Dresselhaus, Katie Li and Hannah Karpel wrote the Disney grant this weekend and submitted it on 2/26/12. We’ll find out soon how well all of the writers of these grants did. Unfortunately we did not receive this grant nor did they give feedback. Great effort however.
BOULDER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT HOME ENERGY CHALLENGE:
Congratulations to everyone who worked so incredibly hard on the Energy Challenge. Fairview saved more energy at school, got more people to take the survey for the home energy challenge (899 homes!), completed the energy audit of our 264,000 square foot school making energy savings suggestions that would result in more energy savings than any other school. In all three categories we did the most. So a huge congratulations to everyone. Special kudos go out to Lizzy Dresselhaus who despite having mono, created a dynamite video on our efforts and the hurdles we face in trying to make a huge public high school energy efficient.
We won $3000 for the Fairview Parent Organization, raised awareness about easy ways to save energy at home throughout the Fairview community and reduced the amount of energy Fairview used during the 2-month period by 10.98%. We achieved far more than we ever could imagined! We won a $750 eGauge to track Fairview’s energy usage thanks to Lizzy! The eGauge was installed over the summer and will be operating after BVSD hooks it up.
SINGLE-USE BAGS 2011-12:
City with Ban/fee research (Cindy Zou coordinating):
Cindy Zou, Shannon Burke, Vivian Chen, Kira Headrick, Rowan Hussein and Katie Li presenting their research to Boulder City Council 2/21/12. Council member, Lisa Morzel called us and said we did a great job and need to compile all our research together.
October 11, 2011 Boulder City Council moves forward wth the plastic and paper bag issue!!! YIPPEE!!! We did it!! Good job to everyone who spoke at City Council, wrote letters to the council members, worked the New ERA booth at Creekfest and wrote letters to the editor of the Camera.
Boulder Daily Camera had an article updating the bag issue on 4/12/12
CBS News Radio from NYC interviewed Jen Zu about the bag issue 10/10/11
We were the front page headline of the Boulder Camera 10/10/11 and 10/12/11
Channel 8 News filmed Josh Brown, Shannon Burke, Vivian Chen and Katie L at Alfalfa’s 10/13/11
Channel 7 News interviewed Josh Brown on 10/11/11
Boulder City Council Study Session on the Zero Waste Master Plan 10/11/11 Thanks to Josh Brwon, Vivian Chen, Hannah Karpel, Anna Smith and Sophie Chen for attending.
Boulder City Council meeting 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6:00 open comment
OCEAN SYMPOSIUM BOOTH 2011:
We did a super job with the November 13, 2011 booth at the Making Waves in Colorado Ocean Symposium. Kudos to Emma Hutchinson, Josh Brown, David Diamond, Shannon Burke, Jen Zhu, Emily Barnes, Vivian Chen, Sophie Chen, Hannah Karpel and Kira Headrick for running the booth on plastics and the ocean. It was an honor to be invited to be part of a symposium that included such environmental heros as Sylvia Earle (No introduction necessary), Dianna Cohen (Plastic Pollution Coalition), Louie Psihoyos (The Cove), Dan Basta (National Marine Sanctuaries Program) and others. What an incredible day! We garnered a ton of support for banning plastic bags and putting a fee on paper bags in Boulder, including getting Dr. Earle and others to sign a letter to the Boulder City Council endorsing our efforts.
GREEN YOUR SCHOOL COMPETITION 2011:
We successfully entered the $65,000 Global Green USA’s Green School Makeover Competition
Thanks to Ted and Lizzy Dresselhaus for the work on the video, Emily Barnes for the Essay work and Anna Smith on the pictures. Thanks to Laura Hutchinson, Cindy Zou and Josh Brown for taking the lead in the tedious energy audit.
We didn’t win this nation-wide competition but it prepared us for the local energy challenge.
GENERATION ON GRANT 2011:
Thanks to Shannon Burke, Vivian Chen, Kira Headrick, Rowan Hussein, Anna Smith, and Jen Zhu for writing it! The documentary was a success and the power strips were snapped up by teachers in the school. Kyle will keep distributing the efficient lightbulbs until they are gone. Special thanks to Shannon Burke for writing the grant follow-up report and getting it submitted.
DO SOMETHING GRANT:
Katie Li is taking the lead on this which we would like to complete in January. Research environmental books for the library. Katie got the library to provide matching funds! We only have 36 books on the environment in our library but 16% of the research done at the school is on environmental subjects. 1/6 of the books are over 30 years old. The grant is $500 plus the $500 in matching funds. We should be able to significantly expand the library’s resources if we are successful. Katie Li, Ruthie Wu, Rachel Perley, Kira Headrick and Vivian Chen have put together the rough draft. Anna Smith, Shannon Burke, Cindy Zou, Jaeden Atwater, Evey Nash and Josh Brown did follow up work The Grant was submitted 2/21/12 by Vivian. Thanks to Lee Pappas and Lizzy Dresselhaus for the video/pictures work. Finally Ruthie Wu orgainzed a group and the grant was submitted again under the new format on Sept. 29, 2012.
Great job to all who presented at the Teacher’s Staff Meeting: Rowan Hussein, Anna Smith, Shannon Burke, Hannah Karpel, Josh Brown, Kira Headrick, Vivian Chen, Jen Zhu. An intern is coming from C.U. to tell us more about the challenge on 11/3/11. The contest runs from 11/8/11 to January 6, 2012. There are 13 schools competing, including Summit Middle Net Zero! We came in 3rd, but we were first in every category but because we are bigger, we were placed third.