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1 TENNESSEE POLLUTION PREVENTION PARTNERSHIP GREEN SCHOOLS PROGRAM Cynthia Rohrbach

2 TP3 Mission Statement To be Tennessee’s statewide network of households, schools, government agencies, organizations, businesses, and industries, working together to protect our shared environment through pollution prevention

3 TP3 Promotes: The recognition that pollution prevention benefits all Tennesseans through the conservation of natural resources and protection of the environment and human health The understanding that all membership groups in the partnership have a role in pollution prevention and that networking will facilitate success The realization that classroom teaching about the environment is more effective when schools “practice what they teach” (e.g. recycle, conserve energy, etc.) The bottom-line benefit that pollution prevention can also lead to significant cost savings for schools

4 THE GREEN SCHOOLS PROGRAM: Is the schools' branch of the partnership Can begin with one classroom or club Progresses through levels of commitment to pollution prevention Should eventually involve the whole school and can include entire school system

5 TP3 Green Schools Program Objectives Promote operations that reduce waste and technologies that conserve natural resources – energy, water, land, air, and raw materials Eliminate toxins and hazardous chemicals from schools Bring cost savings to schools through conservation and pollution prevention Involve students in projects that accomplish these objectives, whenever possible, to increase learning about environmental and health issues Give statewide recognition to schools that are successful in pollution prevention to increase awareness among other schools and the general public

6 Members voluntarily progress through levels of commitment: Prospect Pledge Partner Performer

7 Prospect Level A class, club, or school has:  Requested information about the TP3 Green Schools Program  Signed up on-line, at presentations, booths, conferences, or through mailings

8 Pledge Level A class, club, or school becomes an active member of the program by: Reviewing suggested activities on the School Pledge Card Determining what activities their class, club,or school is already doing Pledging to continue these and any other activities by writing them on the Pledge Card Getting required signatures and sending in the Pledge Card

9 TP3 Activity Areas REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE ENERGY CONSERVATION HARMFUL CHEMICALS LAND & WATER CONSERVATION CLEAN AIR

10 Partner Level When working toward the Partner level: Assess the environmental condition of the school buildings and campus Develop a TP3 Plan with one project in each of the 5 areas Develop an Environmental Policy Statement that is endorsed by the school and administration Choose a project to implement first – it can be one that is already in progress Write a Success Story on first completed project

11 Making an Environmental Assessment WASTE ENERGY LAND & WATER LAND & WATER WASTE ENERGY LAND & WATER

12 Making an Environmental Assessment CHEMICALS AIR HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS CLEAN AIR

13 Writing and Implementing a TP3 Plan Study the results of your school environmental assessment Investigate a realistic project for each problem area Decide which project will be finished first – there may be one in progress already Write up the TP3 Plan and send it to us for approval

14 Writing a "Success Story" Explain the completed project and who was involved (include grants, donations, partnerships, etc.) Use math to show improvements if solid waste, energy use, water use, or air quality changed as a result of the project Show expenses and cost savings if money was involved in the project Include photos that illustrate the project

15 Performer Level All five projects are completed, and Success Stories are written. Pollution has been prevented, and money saved. A large portion of the students, teachers, and staff have increased participation and environmental awareness. Your school has Mentored others about pollution prevention and the TP3 Green Schools Program. Your school has involved the local community in Green Activities.

16 Green Activities involving the Human Community

17 Green Activities involving the Wildlife Community

18 REWARDS Pledge - The Pledge certificate Partner - The Partner certificate TP3 decals, Use of logo Public recognition Performer - The Performer certificate TP3 green flag Public recognition

19 Tennessee K-12 Schools’ Energy Use $167 million spent on energy in –Up to 1/3 is wasted –$159 million spent on textbooks and supplies –Average of $170/student spent on energy –14 school districts still burn coal for heating!

20 T-12 lampT-8 lamp Lewis, Sumner, and Williamson County School Systems have performed lighting upgrades to save money

21 Small Signs Can Add Up to Big Energy Use 2 bulbs x 20 watts x 24 hrs/day = 960 watt hours/day 960 wH/day x 365 days = 350,400 wH/year 350,400 / 1000 = kWh/year for one sign $0.08/kWh x kWh = $28.03/sign/year to operate One source estimated total operating cost, replacement bulbs and labor to be $76.03/sign/year. Life expectancy of LED sign is 80 years. 5 watts x 24 hrs/day x 365 days/year x $0.08/kWh = $3.50/year. No labor or bulb costs after installation.

22 Cold Drink Vending Machines Typical machines have 2 fluorescent bulbs and ballast = 204 w 204w x 24 hrs/day x 365 days/yr = 1,787,040 watt hours/yr 1,787,040 / 1000 = 1787 kWh/yr 1787 kWh x $0.08 = $143/machine/yr This cost is for advertising the drinks and is paid by your school system (actually you, the taxpayer). How many machines are in your school, your district? DO THE MATH!! These lights can be turned off by the service person who fills the machine. There is a simple plug that disconnects them.

23 Andrew Johnson Elementary in Kingsport Reduces, Reuses, and Recycles

24 The Tennessee Students Against Pollution club are 7 th and 8 th graders that run the recycling program at McDonald. They “closed the loop” by purchasing recycled tire swings and plastic benches. McDonald Elementary School

25 Special Needs Students at Fairview Middle School Champion Recycling and Win Awards TDEC Award winners 2000 – 2004 Williamson County Schools Most phone books 2003 – 9,388

26 Croft Middle School Seventh graders recycle paper from the entire school, while 5 th graders run the cafeteria composting program that includes milk cartons. Compost is used in campus gardens.

27 New construction of Flintville Elementary produced scrap metal and cardboard that were recycled instead of being landfilled.

28 Car Pool to School for Earth Day 2004 and 2005 Centennial High School Clears the Air With 1600 students and 500 parking spaces, car pooling saved money, gas, and air emissions on Earth Day. Coupons and give- aways provided incentives for car pool participants.

29 Environmental activities provide a unique and successful focus to bring schools together with the community to promote environmental awareness Alpha Elementary in Morristown – Love Our Earth Program

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31 Alpha Elementary uses EPA’s Tools for Schools The old building had fabric wall covering, carpets, and floor heating and cooling units that had leaked for years. The building was gutted and re- done in 2003 to improve IAQ.

32 Alpha Elementary New Outside Air Intake

33 Centennial Students Save Energy and Water Environmental Science students conducted an energy audit, formed an energy patrol, and raised awareness about energy use in their school. Turning vending machine lights off is saving 25,000 kwh and $1000 per year.

34 Centennial Conserves Water and Beats Campus Erosion

35 Campbell County High Disposes of Old Chemicals Biology teacher Shelley King initiated the inventory and became one of four pilot schools. They had over 800 pounds of waste, including many preserved biological specimens.

36 Centennial High earns TP3 Green Flag May 2004 September 2005 First TN school to reach Performer level, joining four industries.

37 In Summary, we believe that Green Schools have the potential to improve student achievement,help our schools save money for improving education,and foster good environmental stewardship in our future citizens for the benefit of the air, land, water, and wildlife in the beautiful state of Tennessee….

38 TP3 Green School Awards Annual awards are given for the best projects during the current school year in the five TP3 areas:  Clean Air  Energy Conservation  Hazardous Chemicals Reduction  Land and Water Conservation  Solid Waste Reduction Nominations are due April 15. Awards will be presented at end-of-year school ceremonies.

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