Did you know there are some easy ways to save water? Always turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving. Only wash full loads of laundry (when possible in cold water to save energy). Run your dishwasher only when it is full. Instead of rinsing your dishes before loading them in the dishwasher, soak very dirty dishes in a bit of warm water and scrape off any leftovers. Take shorter showers.
Did you know that you can get a free home energy audit through Mass Save? They will recommend ways to improve energy efficiency and cut energy costs and they also offer rebates on insulation, high efficiency water heaters and other incentives. In addition they provide no cost home improvements including:Did you know that you can get a free home energy audit through Mass Save? They will recommend ways to improve energy efficiency and cut energy costs and they also offer rebates on insulation, high efficiency water heaters and other incentives. In addition they provide no cost home improvements including:• ENERGY STAR® LED light bulbs• Advanced power strips• Low-flow showerheads• Faucet aerators• Programmable thermostats or discounted wireless thermostats (installed at a second appointment)For more information go to: https://www.masssave.com/en/saving/energy-assessments/homeowners/
The average American household receives 848 pieces of junk mail, which equals 1.5 trees every year and more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined. One contributor to that junk mail pile is catalogs. Many just go striaght into the recycle bin. To reduce this impact to our environment there are services such as the non-profit Catalog Choice which will sends merchants your catalog opt-out request on your behalf. Register at https://www.catalogchoice.org/.
Composting 101: Home composting is easier than you think and it is a great way to reduce trash and create fertilizer for your garden. There are many helpful videos and tips online, such as here and here.
Did you know that 60 million water bottles are being thrown away every day in the US? Very few of those bottles are properly recycled and most of them are turned into other products and not water bottles again, meaning new resources are needed to make more water bottles.
Here are a few suggestions what you can do to reduce the use of water bottles:
• Refuse plastic water bottles, even if they are offered to you for free
• Get and use a reusable water bottle, made from glass or steel
• Drink from water fountains
Please email Julie if you are interested in joining Countryside’s Green Team!
Did you know that 160,000 plastic bags are being used every SECOND around the world? Most of them are only used for a few minutes and they are not being recycled properly and eventually end up in landfills or as litter. The alternative to single-use plastic bags is to bring your own reusable bags like cotton totes or even a previously used paper bag. If you are just buying one or two items, another option is to just carry them in your hands.
Did you know that plastic straws contribute disproportionately to plastic pollution? It takes a lot of energy to make them. They are also incredibly difficult to recycle like any other small plastic utensils. The ocean is full of unrecycled “microplastics” that are ingested by sea creatures and then ingested by us. We can ofcourse do many things about it. * Choose not to use plastic straws at take-out restaurants and cafes. * Don’t purchase plastic straws. * Avoid using juice boxes. * Encourage businesses and schools to explore non-plastic straw alternatives. Have you considered using a reusable straw ? They are increasingly available, affordable and portable. Check out Option 1 and Option 2.
The CS Green Team will be running a weekly feature that includes “Green Tips”. We hope this is helpful, particularly as you head into the busy holiday season.
Tip #1: Did you know that decorating, wrapping and packaging products account for nearly half of the 85 million tons of paper consumed in the United States? And although some can be recycled, there are better options for the environment, such as using newspaper or reusable fabric bags. Click here for a list of 15 great ways to make the holidays greener. Please email the CS Green Team with questions, if you have other Green Tip ideas, or if you want to join our team! New members are always welcome!
Today the kindergarten classrooms welcomed a special visitor – author and illustrator, Emilie Boon! Emilie shared how she was inspired to illustrate the children’s book A Cake for Barney and brought in her original sketches and draft of this book. She then painted a picture for the class and showed them a special trick they could use with a white crayon and paint! The kids loved it! They were then able to create their own books using the techniques she taught them!
Questions to ask your child:
1. What are Emilie’s two favorite materials to create pictures?
2. What is another name for the book’s title?
3. What is the special trick/technique that Emilie uses with her white crayon?
1. Crayons and water pastels
2. A Bun for Barney ( in England they call cakes, buns)
3. She uses the white crayon to create Crayon Resist Art – a process where they see their hidden drawing or words revealed when painting over it.
Our children have been studying states of matter in school, and today they experienced an amazing presentation that allowed them to see sublimation, evaporation and condensation in action!
When Jody Harris, a scientist from the Discovery Museum in Acton, arrived with a cooler of dry ice and a tank of liquid nitrogen the fun had just begun! She did experiments using these things and a number of simple household items to help the children expand their understanding of the physical states of matter.
Be sure to ask:
1. How did Ms. Harris make bubbles with dry ice? What did they feel and smell like?
2. What happened when to the banana that was placed in liquid nitrogen?
3. Will liquid nitrogen make a mess if it spills on the table? Why?