Friday, September 28, 2007

No More Cup Waste

Students from our MS Environmental Stewardship class has made another step forward in "greening" up our campus. The Life in the Middle student news blog has posted a letter detailing the plan to get rid of all the disposable plastic cups that are used for drinks and then thrown away. They will be replaced by REUSABLE plastic cups that can be washed and brought back out the next day.
If we want our school to be more environmentally friendly, then we are going to have to make some serious changes in the actions that we take part in. This is the reason why we are going to change the disposable cups in the cafeteria into reusable cups. This is much more environmentally friendly because it will drastically cut down on our daily waste. However, once we have the new cups we need your help to make this work. Please do not take the cups home for yourself and make sure they are returned to the cafeteria staff. We hope you support our cause.
Well done to the students and we are looking forward to more initiatives like this one!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

ISB Varsity Boys Soccer Team goes Carbon Free

Traveling is a part of any sports team and at ISB we sometimes go even a little further. The soccer team will travel to Singapore and KL for matches this season. It would be better for the environment if we didn’t go on these flights at all, however, the teams would not be so happy about that. Therefore, the team did the next best thing; they took steps to offset their carbon emissions for these flights. Working with the PATT foundation they planted trees to soak up and store that carbon. No one is saying this is the perfect solution, but if you are going to take that flight anyway, then at least this helps.

Comments from Coach Rob Heath were:

"The PATT staff did a wonderful job facilitating a perfect win-win scenario for the International School Bangkok Boys Soccer team last Saturday. To offset the carbon we will be emitting on our flights to Tournaments in Singapore and KL, each player paid 400 baht towards the cost of planting 55 trees at the Sri Nakorn Kuan Khan Park. We had a great day out in a beautiful green space very close to the city centre, and we all felt like we had done a little towards making our air cleaner and the world greener. It was great to get our hands dirty and to feel a personal relationship with the young trees as we carefully placed them in the holes and filled in the soil around them."

You can also offset your own flights, your car or yourself if you like. Just visit the PATT site: for more information.

If you were in charge, what would you do?

So you think it is easy saving the world.

Let’s see how you do running your own city. Chevron has a site about the environment and it has a very cool game that let’s you run the city’s energy. Every decision you make affects the environment and the economy. Can you help your city prosper while keeping it green? Give it a shot and see how you do. What is your best score?