PTA Campus Sustainability Committee

2016-2017 Bryker Woods Elementary Sustainability UPDATE!

This year quite a bit took place on Bryker Woods Campus regarding our campus Go Green/Sustainable mission.  Below is a summary of our parent, student, faculty, and staff community contributing to our Social Responsibility Efforts!

BWE’s 1st ANNUAL “IT’S MY PARK DAY!”

This past Fall with the help and support of AISD’s Forester, Lisa Schissler, Austin Parks and Recreation’s Bill Stout, BWE’s Scout Community Projects Lliason Alice Walker as well as parents and children of scouts, the University of Texas Engineering Students, and neighbors, more than 125 volunteers gathered on November 6th to volunteer on our first ever APRD It’s My Park Day!

26 Trees were planted ranging from Red Oak to Chinquapin to Yaupons

Trees were chosen to produce shade, erosion control, and provide wildlife food.

Special thanks to Jason Traweek, with the Community Foundation for accepting our Urban Forest Grant and allowing us to implement this impact on campus!

BWE CAMPUS joins AUSTIN’S TREE MAP

Through TreeFolks, Inc, our STEAM Lab Instructor Marlene O’Keefe was able to incorporate a lesson for students on Austin’s Urban Forest and the Open Tree Map. Special thanks to the City of Austin’s, Keith Baberny, Marlene, and students for starting to map our campus trees!

Check it out at: http://www.treefolks.org/opentreemap/

BWE joins PEPSICO RECYCLE RALLY

Through efforts to control wastes of plastics and aluminum throughout the school by parent request and coordination with Josh Charles, BWE has been able to recycle the following wastes, using our own TDS recycling bin, and tracking recycling along with earning dollars for our school!  Over 3500 containers were redirected from the trash to the recycle bins throughout campus hallways and the cafeteria.

Roughly 3500 containers were collected, conserving the equivalent of 44 gallons of gasoline in Energy Saved = averting greenhouse gasses at a level equivalent to growing 7.5 trees for 10 years!

With the installation of the Water Bottle Filler in the Cafeteria at the end of last year, this year we have diverted an additional 3000 containers … almost doubling our contributions to the above environmental numbers!

BWE DONATES A YEAR’S SUPPLY OF CLEAN DRINKING WATER TO 306 PEOPLE!!

Through the continued efforts of our students and cafeteria staff and our TerraCycle vehicle, BWE gained the ability to donate a year’s supply of clean drinking water to 306 people who would otherwise lack access to such an essential element!

TERRACYCLE CONTINUES STRONG IN OUR CAFETERIA!

BWE elementary students and cafeteria staff collected over 44,000 UNITS of trash, shipping it to TerraCycle’s facility for recycling, in order to gain points towards continued social responsibility efforts.  Not only did we offer annual clean water supplies to those in need, we were also able to donate 120 up-cycled Circuit Board Clipboards to our teachers and staff!

BATTERY RECYCLING through AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY

Over 243 lbs worth of batteries were collected by Austin Resource Recovery for the 2016-2017 school year!

PUMPKIN COMPOSTING EFFORTS through TDS

An additional 2000 pounds of compost was collected in November through our school-wide Halloween Pumpkin Collection Drive!

THANK YOU ALL FOR CONTINUING TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY IN A POSITIVE WAY!



School Recycle Center

The school recycle center is located in the school lobby outside the cafeteria and includes bins for recycling.

TerraCycle
Manage the TerraCycle recycling program in the cafeteria and classrooms

Green Ribbon Schools Accreditation
Coordinate and execute 4 projects within the school year, document, and upload for ongoing annual re-accreditation process.

Sustainable Grants
Work to execute the Urban Forest Grant and write and submit future sustainable grant projects for the school year

EcoRise
Work to support 6th grade sustainable elective as well as other teachers with the EcoRise Education Initiative

Party Packs
Classroom parties can generate a LOT of waste. The school has two “Party Packs” that contain 24 plastic plates, cups, and utensils that can be re-used over and over again. Click on the PTA’s Go Green page to reserve a Party Pack for your classroom party. Check out the other videos and green tips while you’re there.

Solar Energy
Since installing a 1.2 kilowatt solar electric system in 2003, each year Bryker Woods replaces the amount of electricity we’d use from a coal-fired power plant with 1,400 Kilowatt Hours of energy generated by the sun, enough to power one classroom. Learn more about Bryker Woods solar power at Soltrex.com. Find our school by clicking on the “Explore Systems” link and scrolling down the alphabetical listing to find our school.

Rainwater Collection
Bryker Woods conserves water by collecting rainwater in two large cisterns (2,500 & 1,200)  for use in our school gardens.