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OMMITTEE’S T H E S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y C MAGAZINE


Eco Code

G ive as much effort as possible to waste as little as possible. Reuse plastic bottles, bags and paper as much as possible. E nergy. Switch off the computer monitors, lights or any other electronic devices when not using them.

E ncourage others to walk and cycle to school. Never leave litter lying around.


Issue 3 The Summer Edition

Firstly, I would like to say a huge thanks to Scott Lewis for running the E-zine this year. Scott and his team have worked very hard in creating what I think is a very interesting and informative magazine - not to mention fun too! Just a quick message; this term has been going well here at the Sustainability Committee.  We are now firmly on our way to securing the Green Flag Status, which is the highest eco-achievement that can be achieved through the Eco-schools programme.  We have also visited a local primary school (Warren Dell in South Oxhey) and did an entertaining and hopefully absorbing assembly on Food Miles.  Look out for next term, we’re looking to recruit! Here is our second edition, and we hope you enjoy it!

Rahul

Rahul Vora Committee President


What we’ve been up to this term...


ANOTHER challenging term at MTS has passed, and a lot has gone on. So what's new in the world of MTS tech? Well we're proud to announce that all the new PCs and monitors comply better with Energy Star ratings meaning compared to previous years, we have halved our energy usage. We also have better CSE auto monitor time outs, and you can't have failed to notice more energy efficient lighting around the school. Remember, switch off your monitors and think sustainable! After the huge success of last terms Switch OFF Fortnight campaign in which there was an estimated 40% reduction in the amount of unused computer screens switched on, the Energy department of the Sustainability Committee has taken a backseat role and tried to support the Waste Week campaign this term. However, we have still been busy taking regular audits of energy consumption levels for both lights as well as computers. Next term promises to be far more exciting as we try to gain the highly coveted and distinguished Green Flag award. This will involve taking more audits and school surveys however it would be worth it in order to gain this important award. Looking into the future, the Energy department of the Sustainability Committee will be looking to sustain the Green Flag award as well a continuing the trend of reduced energy consumption around the school. This term, Biodiversity has aimed to increase the number of birdboxes in and around the school, leading up to national birdbox week. We hand-crafted the birdboxes last term and we are delighted to finally be able to put them in to full use to help our flying friends. Sustainability members walked all around the school finding the best places to put the birdboxes up, with special thanks to the grounds men. Now that it is turning into summer (we hope!) we can start to plant more. We hope to get more students involved each

week in the veg patch project so it can really start to flourish again. Furthermore, some new plants, such as rhubarbs and potatoes, have been introduced to the allotment. All in all, a great amount of work has been going on in the biodiversity section. New members are always welcome! Behind the scenes, lots of planning has gone in to figuring out how to raise awareness throughout the school about us and our ecological footprint. Each Friday lunchtime, we have been doing paper recycling collection round the school, the main trademark of the Committee. Classroom’s litter has continually been sustainably filtered. The teachers are ever grateful for our work this term and the boys have worked well to stop their classrooms from overflowing! This Spring Term has been another successful one for the Green Flag's Waste Subsection. Firstly, we have introduced new recycling bins for some classrooms, which are specifically for recycling empty plastic bottles. These new recycling bins have been personally designed by members of the department and aim to encourage more people to recycle empty plastic bottles by making it easier for them to do this. In addition, last week was our main event, Waste Week. During this week, we designed posters to spread awareness about the event, and launched a campaign to encourage people to recycle more and waste less food. We believe it has been a great success, and hope you all enjoyed yourselves and got a chance to take part. On that note, have a great Easter holiday and always remember to waste less and recycle more!


Use Public Transport to save on carbon dioxide emissions

Switch off lights when leaving the room

Don’t buy packaged fruit

Make your house more green

How you can h lp Don’t be tempted by ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ unless you know you’ll definitely use it

Reuse paper and print on both sides Turn off water faucets when not in use

Buy from Britain to reduce food miles


for the future ⇽ Rumour has it that we’re going to be sleeping on these bad-boys by 2100

With global sea levels predicted to rise significantly over the next century due to climate change, a lot of people living in low lying areas are expected to be displaced from their homes. Architect Vincent Callebaut has come up with a possible relocation destination for these climate change refugees in the form of the “Lilypad” concept – a completely selfsufficient floating city that would accommodate up to 50,000. With a shape inspired by the highly ribbed leaf of Victoria water lilies, the double skin of the floating “ecopolis” would be made of polyester fibers covered by a layer of titanium dioxide (TiO2), which would react with ultraviolet rays and absorb atmospheric pollution via a photocatalytic effect in the same way as the air-purifying concrete and paving stones we looked at last year. Three marinas and three mountains would surround a centrally located artificial lagoon that is totally immersed below the water line to act as ballast for the city. The three mountains and marinas would be dedicated to work, shopping and entertainment, respectively, while

suspended gardens and aquaculture farms located below the water line would be used to grow food and biomass. The floating city would also include the full complement of renewable energy technologies, including solar, thermal, wind, tidal, and biomass to produce more energy than it consumes. The Lilypads could be located close to land or set free to follow the ocean currents wherever they may lead. While Callebaut‘s Lilypad concept is admirable in its aim of providing a home for displaced climate change refugees, it seems that these same people would be the last ones to be able to afford a place on what would likely be an enormously expensive piece of real estate. Callebaut’s hope that the Lilypad becomes a reality by 2100 might also make it too late to benefit those worst affected by any rise in sea levels. Still, like the Green Float and Ark Hotel concepts, it’s an eye-catching design that will hopefully get people thinking about ways to tackle the looming problem of climate change refugees.

By Darren Quick www.gizmag.com


Think before you CHOMP It seems logical that local food is better for the environment than food flown halfway across the world, but is it really that simple? Using food miles and working out the distance that food travels from the farm to your plate is one way to measure the environmental impact of food, but there’s nothing more to making the ‘right’ choice about what food to buy.

Recipes

Banana Cake

by Claire Coulston from ‘The Pod’ Ingredients Serves 5 • 125g butter or margarine l 125g soft brown sugar • 2 eggs

• 125g wholemeal flour • 2 tsp baking powder • 2 ripe bananas, mashed

1. Cream the butter and sugar together and beat in the eggs. 2. Add the flour and baking powder; fold in the bananas. 3. Put into a greased tin and bake at 190°C / 375°F / gas mark 5 for 20-25 mins until spongy. got any leftover apples? Leave them out for the birds!

Sunday Dinner Soup by Lee Copplestone

Ingredients

• Leftover veg • 1/2 pint of stock • 1/2 tsp mixed herbs

• 1 tbsp humous (this is the MAGIC ingredient that both thickens the soup and adds flavour)

Place the chopped, cooked veg in a blender and cover with stock. Add the mixed herbs and humous. Blend the mixture until smooth. Add more stock for a thinner soup, and a dash of cream or wine for a richer flavour. Season and simmer gently until hot. Serve with croutons or grated cheese.


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HAHAHA Jokes Q: What kind of tree can fit into your hand A: A palm tree Q: How do trees get onto the internet A: They log on Q: How bad was the BP Gulf Oil Spill? A: So bad they started drilling for water!


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Have YOU got a question you want answered by the team or want to sign up? Email: sustainabilitycommittee@mtsn.org.uk or visit GY7 at 1:50pm on Fridays. We start recruiting next term!

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