Green Team Gazette 3.9 May 2011

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Green Team Gazette
Season 3, Issue 9
May. 2011

Green Forever Stamps Earth Day made way to a new Philatelic stamp set at the United States Post Office. Their mission: to show bite-sized ways each one of us can make petite changes in his/her daily routine. If we all do that, then it amounts to some overall sizeable solutions to our global environmental issues. Their 16 stamp “Go Green” series is one of their many “forever” stamps, meaning, no matter how much stamp prices change over time, you can stock up and use them, literally, forever! With tips on the backing of the stamp page, the series includes these green themes: buy local produce; reuse bags, fix water leaks, share rides, turn off lights not in use, choose to walk, compost ride a bike reduce our environmental footprint, let nature do the work (sun-drying clothes) recycle more plant trees insulate the home use public transportation, use efficient light bulbs, adjust the thermostat, maintain tire pressure. So just getting your mail can serve as mini-reminders which can move us to major revisions to our daily habits! To learn more, go to: or Do The Math Now that you’re looking at things from the postal perspective, take time to incorporate some math. Have your students investigate the going rate of stamps these days. (At current writing, USPS regular mail stamps are 44¢.) Then pose questions that involve multiplication or repeated addition for your students to figure out such as: How much will it cost you in stamps to send each of your grandparents a thank you note for your birthday present? If you write 5 letters to your local leaders about the importance of recycling, how much will your stamp bill cost? The Green Team Gazette Volume 3, Issue 9, page 1 May 2011 Post-Earth Day May In the month following Earth Day (& with the blossoming & sounds of spring,) it’s easy to have the environment, the Earth, nature, and conservation on the brain. This month we’re checking out the Post Office’s “Green Forever Stamps.” Also, maybe it’s time for you &/or your students to conduct your own audit--not of your taxes, but your own home “aqua audit!” Home Aqua Audit Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink. We learned a little bit about that on March 22nd (World Water Day) where we discovered that about 1 in 6 people worldwide do not have access to clean water. (Go to the GTG webpage and click “World Water Day” in the “GTG Cloud Label” section to learn more). Take a look at what your personal impact is by doing your own little “water footprint” scorecard. Print a copy of GTG’s page 2 for each of your students. Invite the kids to follow directions and make a map in the box at the top of their home. Then invite students to take their audit form home and work through it with their folks. When the audit forms come pouring in, talk with them about their water usage findings. Discuss ways to shave down the numbers. Sequence the scores to see who your “super saver” is. Follow up by having your students write an essay on the findings…as well as their game plan! The sky is the limit, but students will begin to see just how limited (and wasted) water can be. Do something like orange book page 28 Include a House map (or have kids map house in box above, labeling rooms….direction following activity) Follow up with a paragraph about findings Hold contest in class? My Water Scorecard What’s your Water Score? The lower the better, but truth is what counts! The Green Team Gazette is a publication co-sponsored by the founders of CynerGreen CGKidz, and Eagle Cove School, a Green School in Pasadena, Maryland. Our mission is to educate and share ways to “go green”— both big & small--and be environmentally-proactive at home, in school, and beyond. It is written by Vicki Dabrowka, 3rd grade teacher & co-Green Team Leader at Eagle Cove School. To learn more visit,, and You can also follow us at or find us at “Green Team Gazette” on Facebook, or “GreenTeamGazett” on Twitter. Please print on recycled paper. Copyright © 2011 Vicki Dabrowka

Name ________________________ Date ______________________ MyHomeAquaAudit Directions: Draw a map or floor plan sketch of your house in the box below. Show only the outlines of the rooms and your door openings. Use the back if you need to for extra floors in your house. Label each floor and each room. Answer the questions #1—10 below for your house to perform your HomeAquaAudit. 1. How many bathrooms do you have? ______ x 5 per room = ______ 2. Do you… take a full bath? (full bath = 25 gallons of water) take a ½ filled bath? 12 take a sponge bath? 8 3. Are your showers… extra long (more than 10 minutes) 15 average (average shower is 10 minutes) 10 medium (6-9 minutes) 5 super short (less than 5 minutes) 2 4. When showering, do you… Leave the water on the whole time 6 turn of the water when soaping 4 collect water in a bucket to water your plants later 2 5. Do you have…. A regular toilet (uses 5 gallons per flush) 10 A low flow toilet (uses 1 ½ to 3 ½ gallons per flush) 5 Don’t know (go home and find out!) 10 6. When you brush your teeth or watch your face, do you…. let the water run and run (wasting about 2 gallons per time) turn off the water while you brush or scrub 3 7. How do you wash your dishes? Dishwasher every day (10 gallons per load) 10 Dishwasher every other day 6 With the water running in the sink the whole time (wasting tons of water!) 14 Fill a container with soapy water, then run the water only to rinse your dishes 4 Collect the “gray water” to use to water your plants 2 8. How many loads of laundry does your family do per week? _______ x 5 per load = _________ 9. Do you have any leaky faucets or toilets? __________ x 20 each (this can waste 20,000 gallons of water per year) = _________ 10. Now add up your points above to see how low or how high your Water Score is! MyWaterScore= Bonus: Give yourself an ElectricalAudit! Take this map home and… 11. Color any room yellow that has a light on when you get to it. 12. Put a tally mark in each room for each electrical item that is on when you get there. 13. Total your tally marks and yellow room. What number did you get? Put it in this shape: The Green Team Gazette Volume 3, Issue 9 , page 2 May 2011 Copyright © 2011 Vicki Dabrowka Example: My room Bath Family room Brother’s room My parents’ room Kitchen Bath Garage Dining rm 25 6

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