Eastridge H.S.- Irondequoit
Jan. 2010- Go Green Student of the Month
Jennifer's not afraid of a little hard work for the good of the environment- that's why she's led her Green Team to clean up the Eastridge campus pond. But recycling is Jennifer's main aim. As president of the environmental club at school, she's helped install recycling stations around the building that have reduced overall waste output at Eastridge. Congratulations on your achievements, Jennifer!
The Earth is a beautiful place, and people should not look at it as being a job, but more of a responsibility to keep it this way. It seems that there are more and more endangered species every day, and many of them are disappearing. The main reason for this is because of loss of habitat. Every day forests, wetlands, etc. are being destroyed for housing tracts, roads, and other things of that nature. We are part of this planet and we need to maintain it to the best of our abilities before it is too late. There are many people trying to do this, by looking into alternate energy sources, ways to stop pollution, and putting restrictions on what land can be touched. Yet everyone can do their own part to help, no matter how small or big the contribution is.
In my house I try my best to do my part. Some simple things that I do are unplug my cell phone charger when I am not using it and shut off the computer instead of putting it in standby mode to prevent vampire electricity. I always make sure I turn off the lights before I leave a room, along with the television if I was watching it. Another simple thing is turning the water off while brushing my teeth, instead of letting it run the whole time. I also acquired a metal water bottle, so this way it prevents me from having to always be using plastic water bottles. These are all simple tasks that any person can do.
At school I am President of the Green Team. We recycle bottles, cans and paper. Every Thursday we go around the school and collect paper from the teacher's room and recycle them. We have also set up green boxes around the school for bottles and cans. Every other Tuesday we go around and empty these boxes out and recycle the bottles and cans. Two years ago, we also took half the day to clean up the pond in the back of Eastridge, and we plan on doing it again this year. The club had started 3 years ago, and has dramatically increased in numbers from around 16 to about 50 people. It is great to see people becoming more aware and more involved in trying to do their part.