Here at Groves high School, we take ownership of our responsibility to protect the Earth one action at a time. We are committed to making a difference. The Groves Community invites you to join our efforts and help us protect the earth and its natural resources.
Have a Green Summer!
- Collect and use rainwater for watering your garden
- Enjoy ice cream in an edible cone or bowl
- Plant some trees
- Turn off appliances, lights and equipment when not in use
- Unplug electronic devices and charges when they aren't in use. Most new electronics use electricity even when switched "off"
Take the OakGreen Challenge!OakGreen is an Oakland County initiative to share informtion, encourage collaboration and connect residents, businesses and communities to resources that can advance environmental stewarship, economic growth and strong communities. Go to the OakGreen website for more information!
Links and Green Ideas
Stop Global Warming and Protect Endangered Animals with a free click!
Care2.com - Click to Donate
Free donations for rainforest, primates, pets, and more!
Other Resources:Children's Books
Arbor Day Square by Kathryn O. Galbraith
A Log's Life by Wendy Pfeffer
Living In A Biome series by Carol K. Lindeen
Wangari's Trees of Peace:
A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter
Natural Inquirer - free kids magazine from the US Forest Service
Outdoor Classroom Guide - Indiana Department of Natural Resources
CD's: Billy B
Banana Slug String Band
DVD's: Planet Earth series
"Dancing With the Earth" - Banana Slug String Band
Professor Water series
"Whaddya Know About H2O?""Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!"
· I will not buy bottled water and will use a reusable water bottle instead.
· I will bring reusable shopping bags with me when I go to stores.
· I will reduce food waste by not taking more than I can eat and saving extra for leftovers when possible.
· I will avoid single-serving disposable items when I pack a lunch and will bring reusable utensils, napkins, containers and a lunch bag.
· I will avoid Styrofoam products like leftover containers and disposable drinking cups. Ask for aluminum foil for restaurant leftovers and reusable drinking cups instead.
· I will recycle when I’m on the go- if recycling bins are not available, I will bring my recyclables home with me instead of throwing them in the trash.
· I will turn the water off while I brush my teeth and wash my hands.
· I will use cold or warm water for washing clothes and will only wash full loads.
· I will take short showers and will talk to my family about installing low flow water fixtures.
· I will turn off the lights when I leave a room and will unplug device chargers when not in use.
· I will encourage my family to use energy efficient light bulbs instead of incandescent ones.
· I will reduce, reuse, recycle; conserve energy and water; and refuse Styrofoam and other disposable items.
· I will ask friends and family to take this pledge. ---from the 2012 Green Schools Award Ceremony.
Did you know?
Styrofoam never decomposes in a landfill.
Here's more information:
According to a Penn State University study,
decomposing times are:
- Milk Carton- 5 years
- Plastic Bag- 10-20 Years
- Plastic Container- 50-80 Years
- Aluminum Can- 80 Years
- Tin Can- 100 Years
- Plastic Soda Bottle- 450 Years
- Glass Bottle-500 Years