Blogs


Our Journey to Preserve Nature!

An Environmental Club at a private school, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, in San Jose, CA, has taken on the implementation of the Green Star - Nature Preservation and Conservation program. You can check their progress on their club website.  Here is a short video of their efforts on Coastal Cleanup Day: We appreciate the efforts these students have taken, and wishing them best wishes to keep continuing their work!
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My Aquaponics Adventure!

Recently I visited two Aquaponics farms. The farms were called, “Ouroboros Farms” and “SchoolGrown”. The tour of these aquaponics farms was thrilling because I like plants and animals. Aquaponics is an alternate farming method which combines Aquaculture and Hydroponics together. Alternate farming methods are going to play a very important role in our future. We can also grow plants without soil. Now here are some fascinating details I learned. Last year people ate more fish than beef. That is very important to note. We really need more supplies of vegetables and we also need more...
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Millard Elementary School Green Star Award Ceremony

Photo: left to right: CA Senator, Mr. Bob Wieckowski; Millard School Principal, Mrs. Robertson; Fremont City Mayor, Mr. Bill Harrison; Founder, Green Kids Now, Inc., Pavan Raj Gowda; CA Assembly Member, Mr. Bill Quirk; Fremont City Council member, Mr. Rick Jones; and Fremont City Council member, Mr. Vinnie Bacon. Fremont, CA – On Friday, November 13th, 2015, during an award ceremony, CA Senator, Mr. Bob Wieckowski, and CA Assembly Member, Mr. Bill Quirk, in the presence of Fremont City Mayor, Mr. Bill Harrison, Fremont City Council members, Mr. Vinnie Bacon, and Mr. Rick Jones,...
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Millard Elementary School wins the Green Star School Award – Fall 2015

We are pleased to inform that Millard Elementary School has fulfilled all the requirements for the Zero Waste School Category, Green Star School Award, and truly deserves to be recognized with a Green Star School Award this Fall-2015! The details and results provided in their application form, clearly demonstrated the school's sincere and dedicated efforts especially by the science teacher, Ms. Alaka Devi, and the green kids’ team of Millard Elementary School from Fremont Unified School District in California. Millard Elementary School has been following the Zero Waste School Guidance...
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Start a Plan for Yourself

My school, Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Queens, New York, is also known as "a school for a sustainable city". You might be wondering about, what is this whole blog about? Well in ELA, we had to choose a commitment to keep for a month that won't hurt the environment and reduce our carbon footprints. Our commitments relate to our school because we are using less energy and will make the school more sustainable. My commitment is to turn off the lights as I leave a room, this might sound like a very easy sacrifice. Well, it's not! For a person who forgets everything quite fast....
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Every little drop counts

I chose to reduce my water usage as my commitment for the case study at my school. However, when I was starting to do this commitment it was really hard. I always forgot that I had to reduce water. I thought of way to always remind me to reduce water. So I decided to leave a note everywhere to reduce water. But then, in about 5 days, I got used to reducing water. So it has gotten easier over time. To save water it might sound hard. But it is only hard in the beginning. Once it becomes a habit, we can do it without much thinking. Did you know that there is less than 1% of fresh water that...
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Factory Farms

Have you ever thought of what happened before the packaged meat you buy hits the shelves? You also probably picture a farm, a place where the animals can graze and run free. However, 2 out of 3 farms are factory farms. Factory farms are a place where animals we eat, such as, chickens, cows, turkeys, ducks, geese, and pigs, live in “very stressful conditions”. By continuing to let these animals be tortured, we are doing more damage than you think. According to Peta.org, these animals are kept in small jam-packed wired cages. They are so clustered in these cages that they can barely turn...
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Artist’s Statement

My name is Christopher and my school (the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School or MELS) has a goal. We want to help the environment by reducing the amount of pollutants produced every day. Over the past month and a half, we have all made commitments that will help the environment. My commitment was to not use powered transportation for that whole month and a half. Now, it was difficult and I did give in at times, but I tried my best to stick to it. Alone, I didn’t make much of an impact, but if more people start to do what we have done, we can really change the world. This story...
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My Story of Stuff…a case study!

At my school the 7th graders are doing a project in ELA and it also relates to our school because, we are a sustainable school. The project is sacrificing something that you would do daily or often, for instance, I sacrifice not going to restaurants because I usually go there quite often with my family to spend time with each other. The main reason why I am doing this project is to show an impact on others and to show why if you stop doing one thing it can make a major difference in the world. I did this commitment because I chose something that I am able to not quit and try my best. I...
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The New 3 R’s for our path forward

When most people think about environment care they think of the current ‘R’s - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. But, these ‘R’s, are not sufficient as it only focuses on Waste Management. Going forward I think we should adopt, “Rethink, Redesign, and Restore” with Environmental Sustainability in the core of everything we do. These new 'R’s will dramatically help us, as it would provide us with new vision and new set of goals to redo, rebuild, and revive. Rethinking can be applied in the manufacturing industry. For example, most of the problems we are having today in us not...
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