Holy Trin­ity Green Team lead­ing the eco charge

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From eco parks to ponds, a bird sanc­tu­ary to re­us­able wa­ter bot­tles and re­cy­cling sta­tions, the HT Green Team is do­ing their part for the en­vi­ron­ment. Led in part by teacher Paul Langevin, the Holy Trin­ity Catholic Sec­ondary School Green Team has ap­plied for and re­ceived grants from var­i­ous sources to fund their projects. and fel­low teacher Pa­trick O’Shea. Once a few of the stu­dents be­came in­volved, and with the help of teach­ers Rob But­ler, Matt Mer­izzi, Marla Harrington and Li­brary Tech­ni­cian Re­nee Car­riere, the en­vi­ron­men­tal wheels were set in mo­tion. Over­all, Langevin said the projects pro­vide “a great ex­pe­ri­ence – a great op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents to take lead­er­ship in an area that re­quires the en­ergy of our youth to be a suc­cess now and into the fu­ture.”

In 2009, with the help of a $5,000 grant from TD Bank Friends of the En­vi­ron­ment, the Green Team cre­ated a fully-func­tional pond on their school prop­erty. Stu­dents from Rob But­ler’s Grade 12 Technology Class helped build the pond.

Here is a list of other suc­cess­ful projects cre­ated by the Green Team:

•Jam­mers juice pouches are be­ing col­lected at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the school through Ter­racy­cle.

•Col­lec­tion of used ink car­tridges and cell phones for re­cy­cling are col­lected through Think Re­cy­cle. •Ver­mi­com­post­ing in Food Sci­ences cour­ses. •Com­post­ing pro­gram in cafe­te­ria, Food Sci­ences cour­ses and school break­fast pro­gram.

•Earth Day yard cleanup and waste au­dit (over 40 acres).

•Tree plant­ing and bird box mon­i­tor­ing through HT Green­Works! ini­tia­tive with the help and sup­port of the Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity (www.rrca.on.ca).

•Two out­door re­cy­cling waste more to come.

•Wa­ter fill-up spouts in­stalled on wa­ter foun­tains to en­cour­age the re­fill­ing of Be the Change re­us­able steel wa­ter bot­tles.

•Wild­flower Gar­den through HT Green­Works! ini­tia­tive on west side of prop­erty, near large tree area.

Langevin said the Green Team has many other plans in the works right now. The team has been work­ing closely with both the Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity and the Corn­wall Car­bon Re­duc­tion Ini­tia­tive. An­other ex­cit­ing project is ex­pected to hap­pen some­time dur­ing the 2010-11 school year: the in­stal­la­tion of so­lar pan­els. The in­stal­la­tion of the so­lar pan­els will be made pos­si­ble due to a $10,000 grant. More de­tails on this grant and other Green Team projects to come.

The East­ern On­tario Devel­op­ment Pro­gram (EODP) is a $10-mil­lion Govern­ment of Canada ini­tia­tive which pro­motes so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment in ru­ral East­ern On­tario, en­cour­ages a com­pet­i­tive and di­ver­si­fied re­gional econ­omy, and con­trib­utes to the suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment of busi­ness and job op­por­tu­ni­ties and sus­tain­able, self-re­liant com­mu­ni­ties.

Keep up to date with the HT Green Team at www.ht­green­team.com. The site was cre­ated and is main­tained by Pat O’Shea.

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Pho­to­s­byJoelD. Her­ring­ton

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