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The Green Lanterns
Transcript of The Green Lanterns
Create "Mini" Presentations for elementary and middle school students to raise awareness about CO2 emissions in our city.
Our plans for Walk/Ride day
The Walking Bus
Spring/ Summer 2015 (May- Mid June)
Prepare to implement the Walk/Ride day program bi-weekly.
Get tickets for raffles.
Work out plans for a school breakfast.
Summer 2015 (June to Late August)
Download and install APP software on every computer in the school district.
Implement Smart Energy Strips in classrooms.
Presentation showing how to use them for Teachers
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
Kickoff Walk/Ride day at the start of the school year.
Keep track of how much energy is being saved with the APP and the Smart Energy Power Strips.
Summer/Fall '16 and Beyond
Reach out to nearby school districts and hopefully beyond.
Present our plan's ideas along with data gathered from the past year.
Explain how they can do the same in their own district.
What are the main contributors to carbon emissions in Cambridge?
Is this a plausible plan?
Program Manager of Residential Energy Efficiency
Climate Protection Action Committee (CPAC)
Executive Director of Green Streets
School Committee Councilor
Kristen Von Hoffman
3 Point Plan:
APP Computer Program
Lighting the way to a brighter future in Cambridge
Our Main Focus
The amount of computers in CRLS is a good 2,500
Each one produces roughly 350 pounds of CO2 every single year, per the Climate Action Plan.
Equals annual GHG emissions from 85 Cars!
The average PC only spends around 30% of its time being actively used.
Reduces the amount of power wasted by analyzing your usage and making changes to optimize energy consumption, reducing the CO2 output by up to 30%.
This program can save us roughly over 600 tons of CO2 a year in the CPSD! That's almost 87 school buses!
This is a simple and free change that has the potential to drastically reduce the carbon footprint of schools by lessening the harm of hundreds of idle computers.
Turn Walk/Ride day into a biweekly challenge
Raise awareness with presentations.
Greenest school will receive prizes such as a breakfast party or a raffle to become principal for the day.
EXAMPLE - Walking bus
Helps safely get kids to school while also being green.
Walk/Ride day has already been succesful in offices. Average of 13% become green commuters.
We could see over 800 students become green commuters.
Obviously, the emissions that come from buildings such as schools and factories make up a large portion of Cambridge's carbon footprint.
Reduce CO2 emissions in public schools.
Begin to spread awareness in the community.
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Smart Energy Power Strips
School appliances are constantly using electricity,
even when off
Accounts up to 5%- 10% of energy usage in commercial and industrial buildings!
Smart Energy power strips can truly turn off these appliances, having a huge impact!
NSTAR is willing to donating!
Reducing the CO2 emissions of our city
Expand into more areas
Eco-friendly changes = greener place to live.
Attack Carbon Emissions from different angles
Gets the Community Involved
Arthur Girard, Christopher Matsko, Samuel Denney,
Ehasanuzzaman Satu, Karalynn Ojeda-Pollard
In 2008, 70.1% of Portland's CO2 came from electricity, compared to Cambridge's 53.9% in 2010.
Their ongoing plan:
Reduce carbon emissions in Portland.
Lower energy usage from old buildings.
Zero net emissions in new homes.
Produce energy from renewable sources.
2.1 million tons of carbon were emitted in the year 2010 by our city.
This was a 20% increase from 1998.
We cxpect 2.4 million tons of carbon to be emitted in the year 2020. That's the same as the emissions from 240,000 FULL school buses, or roughly 25 FULL aircraft carriers.
Increased carbon in the air leads to harsher green house gas effects. This issue must be addressed because it's only going to get worse.