Resource conservation is an important initiative in the Hillsboro School District. By monitoring and managing our use of electricity, natural gas, and water, we can reduce our consumption, save money, and use resources wisely. In addition, by lowering our usage of electricity and natural gas, we are reducing our carbon dioxde emissions, enhancing healthy learning and working environments. The Hillsboro School District strives to understand, educate, and practice sustainability strategies in collaboration with our community stakeholders.
Monthly Green Theme
APRIL: EARTH DAY IS EVERY DAY!
Wednesday April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the official "Earth Day". How do you incorporate Earth Day into EVERY Day?!!
If you feel overwhelmed by the Climate Change crisis, or waste management or any number of urgent environmental topics... try starting by taking inventory of those Earth-friendly actions that you are already doing!
You might be surprised to see how much you are already doing. Awareness is the first step in affecting a change in habit. Singular changes in habit (behavior) affect changes in whole. Changing even the simplest behavior is a challenge. Start small; realize success and move to the next challenge!. This April, most of us will be spending time in our homes & yards. How can you use this time to take inventory of your conservation behaviors and affect positive changes?
Here are a few ideas for Earth Day actions at home:
- READ! READ! READ! Spend some quiet time reading about conservation or energy or habitats or other Earthly topics. Here is just one resource for learning about ENERGY IN OUR SCHOOLS. The possibilities for reading material is endless!
- Make art out of found materials or re-use materials. Create a scavenger hunt in your house/yard to find materials to create your art piece.
- Build a NEW recycling station for your home. Learn about the ways to dispose of different materials, then build a station to accommodate and organize those materials.
- Track your food scraps for 1 week and perform a HOUSEHOLD WASTE AUDIT. Do you want to know how much food waste is generated in your house? This might be a great time to find out. Eat Smart, Waste Less!
- Start a small garden. Or build a rock garden. Small gardens are easier to manage and can be easier to locate in your yard. Spring is the prime time for getting seeds started indoors ready for planting when the weather gets warmer.
- POWER DOWN FOR A DAY. Choose one day that your household decides to "unplug": Keep the lights off; no hair dryers, curling irons, or small appliances (big appliance will need to stay plugged in, like refigerators); open the blinds and windows if the weather is wam; no TV, computers, chargers, and other electronics. With more people at home, the appliances and electronics will get more use. Choosing just one day to "UNPLUG" will ease a bit of energy consumption. There are so many wonderful activities that don't require electricity, such as reading, puzzles, games, journaling, yard work, singing...
- Build a reusable lunch kit and have it ready for when school resumes.
- Do you get a lot of junk mail in your mailbox? If you do, you can call the senders and opt out of receiving these publications.
- Earth Day BINGO CHallenge.
- Create a daily weather report. Climate Change is the theme for this year's Earth Day. What does Climate Change mean to you? How is Climate Change affecting our weather in Oregon? In the United States? Around the globe?
- What is YOUR idea for recognizing Earth Day? Can you think of something new and innovative?
Do you want your school to be an Oregon Green School?
PlanetCon is coming to Century High School in June 2020
Trex Challenge ends April 15th.
The branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments
Not harmful to the environment : not having a bad effect on the natural world
The circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded; The aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community
The place or environment where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives and grows