Would you wear a watch and slippers made from carbon dioxide emissions? Or brush your teeth using toothpaste made from CO₂? Before the pandemic, students at Evergreen Middle School were learning about real products that capture and store carbon dioxide that would otherwise go into the atmosphere.
ICS students plant shade trees to save energy, reduce idling
The Green Team and sixth grade classes at International Community School planted seven flame maple trees on the east side of the school on March 7. As the trees mature, the shade will help keep classrooms cool in the morning and help keep parents cool in the afternoon while they are waiting to pick up students.
Julie Vasiliauskas, science teacher and Green Team adviser, said the project is intended to save energy and reduce car idling, since parents will be less tempted to use their vehicle’s air conditioning in the no-idle zone.
The idea came from eighth graders last year as part of their Climate Change Solutions science unit.
The ICS Green Team, grades 6-12, secured a PTSA grant to fund the project. Green Team members trained groups of sixth graders on how to plant the trees in the morning. Sixth grade teachers facilitated plant-related lessons in the afternoon. Parent volunteers donated time and tools for the day.