BC Green Team: Four Focus Areas
Four different focus areas have been identified in order to look more closely at the choices we make as a district, and to raise awareness about the choices our students and community members make as well. Members of the Green Team have been asked to join one of the following focus areas subcommittees:
• The food we eat
• The energy we use
• The garbage we make
• The environment/outdoor education programs we provide
Each of these subcommittees will focus on
information gathering, developing program ideas, or generating ideas for
raising awareness about the importance of that focus area.
The individual subcommittees will meet independently. In late fall, the full Green Team will meet to share each subcommittee’s progress.
In-House – Our Educational Community
By both modeling through example and informing through education, we seek to guide and lead our staff and students in the following:
• Make conservation and stewardship of resources a foundation of all decision-making.
• Seek alternatives to practices that have associated negative environmental impacts.
• Promote the understanding that each person makes choices everyday that effect our environment and every person makes a difference. All should grasp that personal actions, though small in scope, have the greatest cumulative impact.
Out-of-House – Our Larger Bethlehem Community
Through promotion of our achievements, our students’ efforts, and through community events we seek to inspire, lead, and provide a model for our larger community through the following:
• Serve as a participatory entity for our larger community to foster environmental awareness.
• Demonstrate that individuals and groups can consistently maintain a positive quality of life while still maintaining environmental consciousness.
• Demonstrate that our collective capacity can flourish and grow (rather than be restricted and limited) when all aspects of ‘green living’ are grasped.
The active body leading this initiative is the District Environmental Committee (“Green Team”). Through the committee’s initiative and work with both our educational and Bethlehem communities, we will continue to increase the visibility of these initiatives, to promote educational (including curricular) programming, and model environmental stewardship.