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TABLE OF CONTENTS ………………………………………….. Green Cars

K. Ewings & M. Young

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Arts and More Art

M. Armand

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Game Systems Go Green

A. Molina

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Green Video Games

A. Molina

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NBA Helps Save The Environment

A. Molina

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Reuse Old Kicks

A. Molina

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What Else Can You Do with Recycled Materials?

S. O. Porter

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Ride or Die!

C. Bedu

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Electronic Recycling

L. Morales

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Conservation Tips

K. Latiker, C. Hogan

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Recyclable Clothing: Make a Fashion Statement

A. McCarter

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Megan‟s Dessert Corner

M. King .

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YSU Green Teens Staff

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Green Cars: “Little Gold Man Saves Big Dollars” Written by: Keronten Ewings & Maurice Young Edited by: Samantha Encarnación


re you a green teen? Do you care about our environment? There are so many people, especially teenagers, who don‟t value our environment. Many people

think that it is really difficult to conserve the planet‟s natural energy, but it‟s not that hard. There are so many simple things we can do. Teenagers have a huge impact on the environment. Just look at the number of teenagers that drive cars and don‟t recycle. In today‟s society, most teens want to be able to drive; we want to be in control. But driving cars can be very harmful to the ecosystem, unless you‟re 3

driving an eco-friendly car. Eco-friendly cars help to conserve the environment‟s natural resources. As teenagers, we have the power to make a big impact on our planet. What type of impact do you want to make: a negative or a positive one? After all, we are the ones who have to live here. Some of the eco-friendly cars that are being made to help our environment are the 2011 Nissan Leaf and the Tesla. Both of these cars are electrically operated and have rechargeable batteries. The Nissan Leaf can go 100 miles on a single battery charge. That‟s like a car running for 99 miles before using just one gallon! Another great thing about this car is that it isn‟t that expensive. So while you‟re helping the ecosystem you won‟t break the bank. Electric cars can help you save money, and they don‟t hurt the environment. Now, these special cars need special charging stations because they don‟t depend on gas the way normal cars do. For example, on September 2, 2010, Detroit opened a battery recharge station. These stations recharge the electric cars‟ energy. It is expected for 250 to 300 more public charging stations to spur up in the Michigan area free of cost! And, in today‟s society, with the gas being so high, these rechargeable cars are great for the economy and the environment. Hopefully we will see the same trend occur in the city of Chicago in the near future. Going green isn‟t a hard thing to do. It‟s all about the choices we make…choices that will have a huge impact on our environment in the long run whether we realize it or not.


Arts and More Art Written by: Marie Armand Edited by: Samantha Encarnación


hether it‟s jewelry or regular artwork, art is art. It is a statement of who we are and what we like. As teens we sometimes overlook where things came from

and how they are made. Most of the everyday items that we use can be recycled or reused in some way. And what better way to reuse those everyday items than to create something with it? One of the most common ways to restore an item‟s value is to create jewelry out of recycled waste. The reason for recycled jewelry is to incorperate different types of material together in an effort to create something new and different out of it, thus helping the enviroment. By creating recycled jewelry we can help to reduce the waste seen in landfills. Recycled jewelry has been occuring for approximately six years now, something many people don‟t know. The most commonly recycled household items are: paper, cardboard; metal, glass, plastic containers, and yard waste. Recycling the recovered materials like metals and glasses is simple. These items can be melted down, reformed, and reused. One way to make recyclable jewelry is by using jewelry that has been broken. You can use the scraps from those items or use the whole piece to make something new. Some other materials that could accompany the jewelry are: aluminum, plastic and perhaps glass seeing as though these are the most commonly used items. Recycled jewelry and artwork has been seen throughout the world, mainly in parts of Europe. Contemporary artists now tend to use recycled products to create statues and other landmarks that can be placed in populated areas to promote recycling. Many of these are seen in our very own city. 5

Other artists like Susan Stockwell, create clothing wear and other formal atire using coffee filters,used tea bags and worn out maps. Although the dress is quite delicate, it can be worn and preserved if it is properly placed away and not constantly being tugged on. From personal experience, although the recylced jewelry-making process appears to be quite difficult, it is easy! I have recently dealt with creating recycled jewelry. It is just a matter of combing different materials together to transform regular items into prized possesions. It‟s also useful in promoting ways to help the enviroment and prevent further damage to the planet and the individuals like us that live on it. As teens, we are the next rising generation. As such,it is our job to, in some way, contribute to keeping the planet clean and united. The slogan “Refuse, reuse and recycle” isn‟t just a slogan for recycling; it can also be used to indicate how people like us can use our critivity to create art and re-invent what most consider trash.


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Picture Credits: 1. “Empire Dress” by Susan Stockwell – made out of coffee filters, used tea bags, and worn out maps. 2. Bracelet by Christiane Diehl (EcoFriend Image) – bracelet made out of red rubber bands. 3. Button Rings – Made with craft wire and buttons of different sizes and types 4. Getty Images/Image Source – Earrings made out of a canned lid and pop tops. 5. Moose Sculpture by John Kearney (Chicago, IL) – Made from recycled automobile parts (chrome bumpers) for the Arts and Automobiles Exhibition.


Game Systems Go Green Written by: Anthony Molina Edited: Samantha Encarnación

Do you love playing video games? I know I do! And if you‟re like me, you probably spend about ten hours a day playing video games. But, I have learned that we can do what we love and still help our environment out by making our game systems “green” or environmentally-friendly. Here are some useful tips for you: 1. Turn off your console when you are not using it. Think about it… Your XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3 are on every day! If you turn it off when you‟re not using it, you will be saving a lot of energy. 2. Invest in a Wii Game System. According to, the Wii only uses about 16 watts of energy while in active mode, unlike the XBOX 360 which uses about 119 watts of energy and the PlayStation 3 which uses about 150 watts of energy. Conserve energy and save the planet. Your parents will be especially happy you did when they start saving on their electricity and light bills. 


Green Video Games By: Anthony Molina Edited by: Samantha Encarnación

A British company came up with a new online game that lets you save the planet from global warming. The name of the game is called “Fate of the World.” When I first saw and heard about the game, I thought it was so boring until I actually did research on it. This game lets you save the planet using your mouse in a simulated way allowing you to fight global warming the way you want. You can choose how you want to save the world. By clicking on different actions and choosing how you want to react to them. You can choose to be a hero or an agent of their destruction. Another green video game is called “Ecotopia.” This video game lets you take control of an avatar that is surrounded by a lot of unfriendly things that you can change. This game gives you a taste of how many people act these days, and how many times, we don‟t want to do anything for the environment. By playing this game, people will hopefully be brought to conscience about the need to help and do something for our environment, inspiring them to act and go green.


NBA Helps Save the Environment Written by: Anthony Molina Edited by: Samantha Encarnación

The National Basketball Association (NBA) will be partners with the Natural Resources Defense Council for one week: NBA‟s Green Week. The NBA Green Week is one of the big steps that NBA players and staff are taking to save the environment. I bet you didn‟t know that a major sports

organization could take steps towards becoming environmentally-friendly. In honor of NBA Green Week, Spalding, a company that makes different sports balls and products, has produced a special NBA Recycle basketball. NBA has also created a special Green Week logo. This is pretty cool.


Reuse Old Kicks Written by: Anthony Molina Edited by: Samantha Encarnación

Did you know that your old, stinky damaged kicks can be rebuilt? Nike has a new program called NIKE Grind that reinvents your old shoes. You can drop of your old Nikes to any Nike Reuse –A –Shoe recycling location or during a NIKE Grind event. They will collect your kicks and ship them to one of their processing centers where they do all of their rebuilding work. This is a great and different way you can help our environment. When you give your shoes to NIKE Grind, you are recycling. You can send them any pair of brand-named shoes and they will re-invent them. They JUST DO IT! *To learn more about the program, visit their website:*

Another company following in Nike‟s footsteps is Converse. They are also joining the shoe re-invention business in association with Nike with their Reuse-A-Shoe program. Every Converse shoe store in the United States will have recyclable bins inside the store so that people can drop off their old shoes. Converse will then work their magic and make them new again. *For more information, you can visit:*


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Ride or Die! Written by: Christophe Bedu Edited by: Samantha Encarnación

Air pollution is a growing problem in the United States. It has been a major pain-in-thebutt to Mother Nature for a very long time now. It‟s easy to pollute alone but more than twice as hard to fix it all alone. Luckily, there are ways to decrease its effects so long as everyone helps. If we all pitch in, perhaps we could even reverse its effects. Air pollution is when harmful gases are released into the earth‟s atmosphere. For example, if you have ever passed by a factory and noticed thick, black smoke coming out of their chimneys, then know that‟s not good sign. Polluted air is not good for anyone who cares about their health. Simply breathing in polluted air can kill a grown man! The most terrible thing is that most times, you can‟t even see what you‟re breathing in. Can you imagine just walking down the streets and collapsing out of nowhere? Most people may not realize this but if you have ever been in any car, van, or bus, you have polluted the air. Some of the biggest polluters are the automobiles that we drive or ride in everyday. The question then becomes: what are some of the simple things we can do to help reduce or prevent air pollution? An alternative to this is carpooling. Carpooling is when a group of people decide to share a ride and driving costs to a particular destination or area. Carpooling saves gas money and time off from the wheel. You will need for this, for obvious reasons, and the ability to be on time! You have to be punctual or fellow travel mates may probably get upset and leave you behind. 16

But, there are still other ways we can reduce the harm we do to Mother Nature. Riding a bike is an even easier option. Once you learn how to ride one, itâ€&#x;s almost impossible to forget it. Biking saves you tons of gas money and there are also physical benefits to it: you can lose some weight and gain muscle. These are some nice perks! Mother Nature needs us. That means we, the people of Earth, must work together to save her from the pain our forefathers have brought to her and prevent ourselves from following in the same footsteps. Air pollution is something that we can all help prevent. Itâ€&#x;s as simple as getting on your bike and going for a ride.


Electronic Recycling Written by: Leilany Morales Edited by: Samantha Encarnación

“WHERE‟S MY PHONE?!” Does that phrase sound familiar? If it does, that means that your cell phone is one of the most important things in your life and when you lose it, you absolutely go bonkers! Cell phones play an important role in many people‟s lives and so do other electronics such as laptops, iPods, and digital organizers such as the Palm. Because of the fact that we are living in a technologically-advanced society, we continue to find ways to improve our technology. Nowadays, everyone is always trying to get the latest gadgets. However, this leaves us with a big question: What is going to happen to old cell phones, laptops, iPods, etc.? Some people try selling their old gadgets to a friend or on a internet web site. But, what if I told you it was possible to give back to our wonderful and awesome environment and get rid of your old electronics at the same time? Well guess what? There is a way! Currently in the city of Chicago there are places willing to take your old electronic devices and recycle them. Old electronics are in high demand today and by taking your old electronic devices to recycling facilities you are also eliminating the amount of e-waste in our landfills. According to, e-waste, or electronic waste, is any discarded electronic device or their parts. The less garbage in our city landfills, the better. If we continue to “Reduce, Re-use and Recycle,” as is the famous slogan, we could possibly be saving ourselves a few dollars here and there as well. There are many benefits to recycling, not only your old electronics but other household items as well. 18

One way recycling can benefit you is by taking all of your gently used clothing and taking them to a thrift store. Youâ€&#x;ll have more space in your closet for this seasonâ€&#x;s newest fashions and if you look on the internet, there are some thrift stores that pay you for bringing your gently used clothing! You can also save money around your house by recycling. Instead of throwing away those plastic bags from the grocery store use them to carry your dirty clothes after your big game or use plastic bags for the mini garbage can in your room instead of buying a box of garbage bags at the store. Save that plastic water bottle and fill it up with water all over again. It only makes sense to recycle. You can save money, make money and give back to our environment.


Conservation Tips Compiled by: Kaila Latiker & Corey Hogan

“But when I‟m brushing my teeth and having so much fun, I never let the water run…no, I never let the water run.” I remember listening to this Barney song about brushing my teeth as a child and „til this day, I don‟t let the water run! Many teens are taking action by conserving energy in their daily lives. Here are some simple things that you can do to conserve energy:       

Turn the water off while brushing your teeth! Turn off the TV when you‟re not watching it. Put your computer in sleep mode or turn it off when you‟re not using it. For the rooms that use the most amount of light, use energy-efficient LED light bulbs. Instead of driving to school or work every day, try carpooling, walking, biking or using public transportation. Recycle papers, plastics, and aluminum. In the winter time, do not set your thermostat higher than 68 degrees in the daytime and 55 degrees in the nighttime. In the summer don‟t set it higher/lower than 78 degrees. When it‟s time for you to go car shopping, buy cars that are energy-efficient and have good car mileage.

For all y‟all teens who love fashion and being in style, here‟s an idea to make you look awesome and let you conserve energy at the same time! If you buy a t-shirt from Teecycle, you‟re not only conserving but you‟re also contributing to the River Revitalization Foundation. A dollar of each sale will be donated to restore urban river trails. So, go check out Teecycle‟s fashionable vintage/recycled clothing on


Recyclable Clothing: Make a Fashion Statement Written by: Alexis McCarter Edited by: Samantha Encarnación


magine this: In a few minutes, I‟ll be going to my school dance and my favorite blouse rips! I have to wear this blouse! I start thinking about what I can do at the last

minute to try and fix my problem and suddenly, I come up with a great idea: I’ll just sew my blouse back together again! Yes, that‟s it! I‟ll just use an older blouse from a pile of clothes Mom has put away to be recycled and I‟ll fix my blouse. I go quickly and start searching in the pile of clothes until I found the perfect match! Both materials looked good together and I quickly start sewing both pieces finishing right in time for when my date arrives to pick me up. I look fabulous and am now completely ready to have some fun at the dance! If you have ever had a problem like the one I just had, you‟ll be amazed at how quickly you can be saved by just using a needle, some thread and recycled clothes. Clothes can be recycled by using them again even once they are ripped or damaged.

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creativity. Anyone can do it. If your clothes fit you too small, pass them on to a younger sibling, friend, or neighbor. If you don‟t want to pass it on, give it to charity. You can also donate your unwanted clothes to thrift stores like Goodwill or Salvation Army where they can sell it to someone who likes the clothes and really needs it. Buying at thrift stores helps people save up on money, especially if they‟re looking to shop for decent clothes or new fashion pieces and don‟t have a lot of money. 21

If your Mom has any old-fashioned clothes, make it fashionable again using dyes or different accessories. Make it go back in style! Be creative! If you canâ€&#x;t patch or stitch your clothes back up, make a purse or hand bag out of it. You can also make a hat, a pouch, a beach bag, a blanket, or even a head band. Recycling lets you take old clothes and make new clothes that will actually be fashionable. These are just some of the ways you can recycle clothing without hurting our earth.


“Recyclable Clothing” Designed by Alexis McCarter


Compiled by: Megan King Who ever said all organic foods have to be nasty and funny looking? Never! One of my favorite sweet treats are Reese‟s Peanut Butter Cups. Of course, all of the chocolate and peanut butter inside of one candy is terrible-for-you. But, as I was looking for a yummy recipe that‟s not only healthy for you but also eco-friendly I came across some Sara Novak‟s homemade ecofriendly Peanut Butter Cups and wanted to share it with you. Have fun baking and enjoy this tasty treat!

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½ cup organic graham cracker crumbs ¾ cup organic palm sugar ¾ cup natural crunchy peanut butter 1 lb of organic fair trade chocolate milk

1. Use a large mixer to combine graham crackers, sugar and peanut butter. 2. Mix on medium speed until filling is well combined. 3. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. 4. Spoon with 1 to 2 inches of chocolate in tin muffin pan (use muffin wrappers). 5. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter combination in the center and flatten the top. Cover with chocolate and smooth the top so that it‟s shaped like a true Reese‟s cup. 6. Once cooled down, freeze the Reese‟s cups for a few hours. Then…Enjoy!! 24

Would you believe me if I told you a delicious cupcake was made up of all healthy, organic ingredients? If I had to choose, red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting would be my choice. Here is the recipe for some fun and tasty eating. Enjoy!

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2 cups all purpose organic whole wheat flour 2 cups organic sugar ½ cup organic baking cocoa (powdered) 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon sea slat 1 teaspoon organic baking soda 2 sticks organic butter at room temperature 5 large organic eggs 1 cup organic buttermilk 1 teaspoon organic vanilla 1 teaspoon organic red coloring

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk dry ingredients. 3. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at one at a time, making sure to beat well after each egg. 4. Add ¼ of dry ingredients to creamed mixture then approximately ¼ of buttermilk alternating until mixed well. 5. Mix in vanilla and food coloring. 6. Fill lined cupcake pan ½ full of red velvet batter. Bake oven for approximately 20 minutes. 7. Cool cups in pans for 5 to 10 minutes then remove from pans. 25

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¾ lbs organic cream cheese, at room temperature ½ lbs local unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 lbs powdered sugar

1. Combine cream cheese, butter and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the sugar and beat until smooth. 2. Frost cupcakes after they have cooled

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STAFF …………………………………………..


Samantha Encarnación


……………………………………. Samantha Encarnación

Senior Editors

Leilany Morales, Merari Flores

Art Assistant Contributing Writers FEATURE STORIES Executive Editor Contributing Writers

CONSERVATION Executive Editor Senior Writers GAMES Executive Editor

Merari Flores, Kaila Latiker Shanell O. Porter & Marie Armand …………………………………… Samantha Encarnación Christophe Bedu, Leilany Morales, Marie Armand, Keronten Ewings & Maurice Young …………………………………… Samantha Encarnación Corey Hogan & Kaila Latiker …………………………………… Samantha Encarnación

Senior Writer

Anthony Molina

COOKING Senior Editor

…………………………………… Megan King

FASHION & STYLE Executive Editor

……………………………………. Samantha Encarnación

Design Director

Alexis McCarter, Anthony Molina

Senior Writers

Alexis McCarter, Anthony Molina


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