Beaumont Elementary Green Team

The Beaumont Green Team is a group of enthusiastic parents passionate about making Beaumont a greener, more environmentally friendly community. We hope to provide educational tips and tools for students, staff and parents alike, while also furthering recycling, composting and other green initiatives and events at Beaumont. 

 

Green Corner Tips 

  • After Halloween each year roughly 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins are discarded in landfills emitting methane gas, a powerful greenhouse gas. Here are a few ways to safely dispose of your pumpkin: Eat it! The flesh can be pureed for pies, soups, sauces and more. Compost it! If you do not have a compost pile, find a sunny spot in your yard, slice it up and cover it with leaves. Share it with animals! Pets like dogs, cats, hamsters and guinea pigs can have pumpkin in small quantities or cut it up for wildlife to eat this fall and winter.

  • Save your costume and decorations for next year or offer them in a Halloween Costume Exchange.

  • Watch out for Vampires! Household devices like TVs, microwaves, chargers, printers, and scanners use standby power even when off. Vampire energy loads can account for 5-10% of total electricity use in homes, and 1% of global CO2 emissions! Unplug electronics when not in use, put them on energy save mode, or use a power strip to turn all devices off at once.

  • Leave the Leaves! Leaves are not litter, they provide food and shelter for butterflies, bees, moths and other insects including pollinators. Leaves also serve as great mulch around ornamental plants, shrubs, bushes and in raised bed gardens.

  • Home owners, you can calculate whether or not a solar panel would be financially beneficial for your home using the following website: https://sunroof.withgoogle.com One's profitability will depend on the home's direction, size of the home, shadow from trees, shape of the roof, etc., so your results may vary.  PA grants exist to help subsidize costs and you can eventually have free electricity!  

Seeking Volunteers for BES Green Team

Are you known for being green? Are you passionate about recycling and always looking for new ways to help Mother Earth? Then the Beaumont Green Committee needs YOU! This Committee is seeking volunteers to help research and implement some environmentally-friendly initiatives at Beaumont this school year! No experience necessary, just an interest in helping the Earth and a willingness to contribute! Interested individuals should contact BES 1st VP, Shannon Astheimer, at volunteers@beaumonthsa.org. Thanks in advance for your help!

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