Ms. Stacy Wolff » Flagstaff Academy Green Team

Flagstaff Academy Green Team

 

Mission Statement:

Green Team members share a desire to reduce waste and raise awareness about sustainability.  We facilitate meaningful environmental education activities and projects in our school and community. 

 
Slogan: Let’s go green and get our globe clean!  
 
Founded: 2018
Student Officers: Elyse Prestopnik, Kassidy Brackett, Ella James and Sawyer Leith
Number of Green Team members for 2021-22 school year: 22 5th-8th graders
Former and ongoing projects: Food Rescue Table, Outdoor Classroom, Campus Cleanup, Waste Reduction
 
 
Staff Advisors
We are proud to announce that after months of hard work the Green Team has launched our new recycling program! With guidance from Kim Orr from Eco-Cycle, we used best practices in school programming, collaborated with our administrators, school facilities managers, day/night porter crew, and teachers to create a system that is quick and easy to follow- and will make a HUGE difference!


Why should we care?

  • Recycling prevents water and air pollution
  • Conserves natural resources
  • Reduces habitat loss
  • Less contribution to climate change (methane, which is produced in landfills, is the most powerful greenhouse gas)
  • Creates jobs and saves money


Things you can do at home:

  • Use reusable snack containers and water bottles
  • Choose not to have use a straw at restaurants- just say "no thank you"

 

Videos (appropriate to watch with your kids)

 

Sources: Eco-Cycle https://www.ecocycle.org/ 

 

 

 

Our Outdoor Classroom

Previous Projects

 

 

Dear Flagstaff Academy Community,


We are so excited to introduce our improved Food Rescue Table at Flagstaff Academy! Our student club, the Green Team, has worked very hard to put this together.  In an effort to reduce the amount of food wasted at our school, the table will allow students the opportunity to have access to food or more food items with their lunch at no cost. The Food Rescue Table is an effective way to manage food waste, address food insecurity, and keep our environment clean!


What is a Food Rescue Table?

  • It’s a table where you put your unopened crackers, chips, cheese, muffins, yogurt, cartons of milk, and other food that is in its original packaging (not food in ziploc bags). You can also put whole, unpeeled fruit on the Food Rescue Table. No cut-up or bitten-from fruit, please!
  • This program follows USDA guidelines.  

Why would we want a Food Rescue Table?

  • Environmental responsibility: 40% of our food goes in landfills. This is wasteful and creates methane (a harmful greenhouse gas).
  • Food insecurity: Many students struggle to have enough to eat.  The website Feeding America will help you learn more about this issue.

How does a Food Rescue Table work?

  • If students don’t finish the food in their lunches and it’s unopened, they can either take it back home or put it on the Food Rescue Table.

What will happen with the extra food?

  • It will be eaten by Flagstaff Academy students at lunch.
  • It will be reused by the cafeteria following USDA guidelines.
  • It will be reused by teachers for kids who do not have snacks at school.

How can parents help?

  • Pack food your child will eat.  
  • Talk to your child about the importance of not wasting food.

The Food Rescue Table will begin on Monday, January 13.  Thank you so much for your support in this important endeavor.


Sincerely, 

The Green Team (including Ms. Wolff, Ms. Steadman, and Ms. Adams)