Holy Trinity Green Team leading the eco charge
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.
Pictured(L-R)aremembersoftheHTGreenTeam.InthefrontrowareAlainTherriault,AdamVlacholiasand AndrewCholockfromHolyTrinity’sIntermediateSchool.InthebackrowareteacherPaulLangevin,11thgrade studentsMeghanMajorand AshleyBissonnetteandMichaelNewman, generalmanagerofMetroCornwall.
Pictured (L-R) are membersoftheHTGreen Teamstandingnearthe pondtheyhelpedcrea te ontheirschoolproperty . InthefrontrowareGrade 11 students Meghan Major and Ashley Bissonnette. Intheback rowareGrade8students Alain Therriault and AndrewCholock, Grade7 studentAdamVlacholias, and teacher P aul Langevin.