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Ware Academy going green

Among those participating in Ware Be Aware are, kneeling from left, Odessa Thacker, Victoria Wilson, Nicolle Morgan, Gary Ward, Kelsee Oliver, Allison Scribe, Ed Gardiner, Emily Brown, Caitlin Blankenship, Tom Thomas, Sam Spadaccini, Codi Ruse, Paula Jasinski , Dave Jasinski, Sam Jasinski and Owen Curry.

Ware Academy is excited to announce Be-A-Ware, a school-wide green initiative. The mission for this initiative is to change students’ way of thinking towards the world that they live in, making them less like consumers and more like conservers.

The program will focus on waste reduction, composting, water conservation, and recycling, but will eventually expand to include green energy. “We hope that by teaching our students to be stewards of their environment we can position the school to be a knowledge source as well as raise awareness for the green movement in the community at large. It is not about catching on to a trend. It is about making taking care of the world we live in and why that is important,” said Nicolle Morgan, director of advancement.

The initial projects include a Be-A-Ware middle school elective, recycling of paper, plastics and aluminum, a shift to a paperless communications program where newsletters and announcements are sent home electronically, a waste free lunch program, monitoring and reduction of school power usage, rain barrel water conversation system to maintain the athletic field, and composting food waste.

An exciting part of program will involve students building and selling rain barrels to fund the green transition. The first rain barrels will hit the scene at Ware’s Annual Auction on Saturday, November 22. In addition, in the spring 2009 the school plans to host at least one public speaker on the subject of how students are impacting our environment. This event will be open to the public.

Ware Academy has also partnered with Dave and Paula Jasinski, Ware parents and founders of Be-the-Bay, a local company specializing in Chesapeake Bay apparel and green living products.

Ware parent and owner of Olivia’s Restaurant is also onboard. Olivia’s provides the hot lunch program for Ware students. Prior to this initiative the lunches were being delivered in styrofoam containers. This year Olivia’s is delivering the lunches in sugarcane fiber containers that are compostable and biodegradable.

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posted 10.02.2008

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