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Berkeley High

Berkeley High School seeks to be a leader in green programming and education.  The campus was one of the first large, comprehensive high schools in the Bay Area to offer food scrap composting in its cafeteria and the school hosts a Green Academy dedicated to preparing students to understand and actively engage in creating and environmentally sustainable and socially just world.  The school has implemented many innovative practices including faculty use of google docs, year end locker clean-out/reuse projects, and on-campus composting as part of the AP Environmental Science garden.

Locker Leftovers- Berkeley High

Berkeley High School partnered with The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse at the end of the 2010-2011 school year to divert reusable & recyclable materials away from the landfill. Volunteers from the Depot worked with students and teachers at Berkeley High to set up sorting stations during locker clean-out events. The school of nearly 3000 students diverted nearly 3 tons of material to recycling and reuse in just one day.

The school captured over 2, viagra sale 400 pounds of reusable materials including:

  • 5 pounds of pens and pencils
  • 46 pounds of electronics
  • 160 pounds of mirrors, games and locker organizers
  • 249 pounds of clothing
  • 309 pounds of books
  • 451 pounds of notebooks
  • 497 pounds of teaching materials
  • 766 pounds of binders

The school also collected 3278 pounds of recycleable materials during the event.

Berkeley High Waste Audit-Spring 2011

On May 19, viagra 2011, case Berkeley High School worked with EarthTeam and the Green Schools Initiative to audit waste stations across campus. Students studied the types of waste ending up in classroom and outdoor trash cans and they also auditied the effectiveness of the school cafeteria food scrap diversion program.

Students from three classes sorted a sampling of waste from classroom and outdoor garbage cans. Over 130 pounds of waste was sorted into a variety of categories including plastics, metals, paper, glass, foodscraps, untouched food, and landfill materials. Students discovered that over 75% of the materials could have been easily diverted by proper use of existing recycling and food scrap systems on campus. Nearly 60% of the waste was compostable and over 17% could have been recycled.  Students were suprised to discover 6 pounds of unopened/uneaten food, ipod headphones, a music stand and other items that could have been reused or redistributed. Students identified better education as an opportunity to help students use the existing disposal and diversion infrastructure more effectively.

Berkeley High School has had food scrap diversion in place for over 5 years and the Waste Audit conducted by a fourth classroom showed the program is well used. Students sorted 44 pounds of waste in the cafeteria food scraps bins and discovered 15% contamination including 4 pounds of recycleable materials and 3 pounds of materials that should go to landfill. Surprisingly, students discovered a bulk tuna packet and other items that likely originated in the kitchen galley. Students plan to provide better education to staff and students alike about the proper use of the food scrap bins to reduce contamination in the future.

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Berkeley High E-Waste Event

Berkeley High's Green Academy will host an eWaste collection/fundraiser this Saturday, March 26 from 9 AM- 4 PM in the school's parking lot at 1980 Alston Way in Berkeley. See the flyer below for more details:

Fishing for the Future Extensions

Kate Trimlett shared these extensions of the irecycle@school; Fishing for the Future excercise.

The article, see "Empty Seas" shows the relationship between European consumption and African emigration through the story of fishing off the coast of West Africa.  "Fish Population on the Brink" is a news article discussing worldwide trends in oceanic health. 

After participating in Fishing for the Future, reading the articles, and conducting other research, Kate and her students reviewed the menus of Berkeley restaurants using the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Guide and wrote letters to restaurants praising efforts to offer sustainable food choices or letters to encourage better stewardship or resources through menu changes. 

Included below is a reading tool called S3-WOW that Kate used to help her students identify key information.

Berkeley High Featured in East Bay Express

Berkeley High School, a member of SLWRP from 2005-2009, was recently featured in the East Bay Express for the school's efforts to connect students with environmental issues through the School for Social Justice and Ecology, a new Green California Career Partnership Academy at Berkeley High.  The East Bay Express article follows students in Berkeley High's School for Social Justice and Ecology as they participate in an East Bay Green Tours field trip specially designed to fit teacher Kate Trimlett's Introduction to Environmental Science class's unit on waste reduction.  Read all about it here: