/Green School Energy Challenge

Applications now open for Green School Energy Challenge 2016/17

VEEP’s Green School Energy Challenge (GSEC) will be changing this year from a “whole school” program to a supported professional development program for teachers of grades 4–12, based on feedback from long-time, dedicated GSEC teachers and our experiences with the program over the past five years.

Some highlights of the change include:

  • An in-person training and collaboration day near the beginning of the school year (September 20).
  • Four additional after school meetings (virtual and/or in person) throughout the year to collaborate and share ideas with other teachers, in addition to the support teachers receive from their VEEP educator.
  • More flexibility on projects: We will support a wider variety of projects designed to reduce energy use and transition to renewables. Projects can be electric, thermal or transportation, and they can be in locations other than the school itself.
  • More flexibility in kits and materials:  Teachers will have access to a wider variety of VEEP kits and materials as part of the program.
  • Professional development credits: Teachers will be able to choose whether […]

Measuring Our Carbon Footprints at Salisbury

The week before April vacation the Salisbury Green Team was in full force. Each student participated in a Carbon Footprint Survey. This survey allowed each student and some teachers to calculate how many Earths it would take to support the lifestyle that we each had. We were all surprised that it took at least three Earths to support each family, pharmacy and sometimes more than that. While taking the survey, each student found one thing that he/she and his/her family could do to reduce their footprint. We made a huge pledge sheet, signed by all the students, recording what each student was going to do. To get parents involved with this challenge, the Green Team also put together a booklet for families. For the next six weeks, families are challenged to take on as many carbon-reducing challenges as possible. The Green Team will be calculating how many tons of CO2 is saved by our school by completing the challenges. The Green Team presented this challenge to the school at our All School […]

Collecting Light Data in Salisbury

Salisbury GSEC Green Team Update

This week, our team collected light data from our classroom and halls using the light meters borrowed from Cornwall School. Our goal is to determine if we can remove one bulb from our light fixture in the classroom and remove entire bulbs from our hallway lights and only light half of the hall lights to reduce the amount of energy we use.
Our test was conducted on a cloudy/rainy day, which we figured was good so that the numbers we got were probably the lowest we would get. We took light readings from four points in the classroom: a front table, back table, middle of the room (called Morning Meeting Spot) and carpet, which is by our reading corner. We collected data with no lights on, one switch, and two switches (fully on).  In the hall we took measurements near the door (there are windows there), under the light fixture and between the light fixtures.
No lights: MM-6 fc—66 lux
Carpet: 60 fc—660 lux
Front Table: 15 fc—165 lux
Back Table: 4 fc—44 lux
1 light: MM-68 […]

Killington Elementary’s Hibernation Vacation

The Killington Green Team used the kilowatt meters to estimate the total savings of “unplugging” during vacation, and also shared the team’s progress and ideas with the Rutland Herald and Green Mountain Times.

VEEP Energy Week Kicks Off Green School Energy Challenge

We have had a great week with Laura MacLachlan who has helped us have a great kick off for our second year participating in the Green Schools.  Kindergarten, buy first and second grades focused on solar power.  Third and forth on wind energy, adiposity and fifth and sixth on renewable power.  All the grades applied Next Generation Science Standards by carrying out investigations, using models, and analyzing data.  It has been a great way to get us all motivated to look at our own energy use.  In 2009, we won the statewide Carbon Rally for elementary schools, and I think that we are ready to look at our carbon footprints again and connect it to the energy education we got this week.  We are also looking forward to doing our Hibernation Vacation and hopefully looking at removing some light bulbs.  I am so thankful to this opportunity to teach kids realistically about energy use and to apply it to their own lives.

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Adding Some Fun to the Challenge!


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Last week, troche we took a field trip to the Sustainability Academy in Burlington, where we had an interesting and informative tour from the fifth grade and maintenance crew. We learned how they remodeled their entire building, and how they heat their school geothermally (from the earth). They have dimmable lights, photo sensors, and lots of natural light. They also have a great method of cutting down on waste; all the food not eaten in a week is given to the food shelf. It was great to get insight on how other schools have become energy efficient, and how big a role the students play in this. Thank you to the Sustainability Academy!

We are currently assembling our new compost bin for browns, as our handmade wood holder for it is complete. We are excited to have […]

Making Some Awesome Progress!

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Welcome to our second blog post! Since we posted last, malady our main focus has changed from making a plan and alerting our school community to collecting data and preparing to put our plan into action.

  For our light goal, nurse  we counted all the light fixtures in the school, and are in the process of calculating our total costs and kilowatt hours. We are hoping to decrease our costs, and make our lights more energy efficient and less glaring. We also have started building our very own compost bin holding structure for our waste decreasing goal. We’re using this to store our browns, which are things like dry leaves, straw, and wood chips. This is essential to the success of our compost, and without browns our soil would not be nearly as good. Lastly, for our insulation goal,  we mapped the entire school, measuring all of it and drawing it to scale. We are hoping that this can […]

Essex Middle School Idle Free Campaign

The following is a piece that was included in our school newsletter about our Idle Free Campaign:



The Edge Academy team students are conducting a vehicle idling study for the second year and as a first step collected idling data for five days at the school pick up areas this fall.

The findings:

Initial data collection conducted for five days at school afternoon dismissal on 11/2, 11/3, 11/4, 11/5, 11/6

Average temperature: 64 degrees

Total vehicles observed: 164; total vehicles idling: 70 (42.4%); total minutes of idling: 465 = 7.75 hours

Amount of fuel consumed: 3.33 gal1/five days / 0.67 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) – based on 180 day school year: 119 gal

Amount of CO2 emissions annually -2 (est.) – based on 180 day school year: 2,380 lb

1 based on passenger vehicle — car/SUV/pick up truck — idling consumption of 0.43 gal/hr

2 one gallon of gasoline consumed equals 19.64 pounds of CO2 emitted


Classroom Compost Continues

Team Summit has continued to collect classroom compost from snacks eaten during the day in our classroom. Over the last 4 years we have collected over 240 pounds of food scraps from our snacks eaten in the classroom. During the first trimester of this year, we have collected over 20 pounds from our classroom alone.  In addition, we are creating a presentation on how to correctly classroom compost to others in the school to help keep more food waste out of the landfill.  There are concerns about potential smell, fruit flies, and that it takes extra time to take the compost out to the collection bins. Our presentation will show that this hasn’t been a problem for us due to the system we have in place for composting.  Composting food saves on energy since we aren’t paying for trucks hauling off food scraps to the landfill in Coventry, VT that can be composted locally up the street from MSMS. It will also save on green house gas emissions since food scraps that decompose in an anaerobic environment, such as […]

Northfield Middle High School Green Team

Northfield Middle High School Green Team Just checking in on the blog.  Working on some new ideas. Anyone want to share something that is working?


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