Edina Earth Day 2009-GREEN school open house and community celebration

Edina Earth Day 2009
How Low Can WE Go?
Highlands Elementary School
5505 Doncaster Way
Edina, MN 55436
Wed., April 22, 6-8PM
Raffle Prizes
Edina Bike Clinic
Tour a GREEN School
Earth Day event sponsors, door prizes and experts:
Minnesota EcoMoms
Jerry’s Hardware
Jerry’s Foods
Fed Ex Kinko’s Edina
J&S Fitness
Fifty Lanterns
Green Gaurdian-edible lawn
Edina Energy & Environment Commission
Grass Fed Cattle, LLC
MN Renewable Energy Society
Hennepin County ReThink ReCycle
Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board
Community Power grant
EHS Project Earth
Edina Food Service Committee
David Boyce, speaker-Solar 101 for your home or school 7:00PM in the Media Center
Edina Bike
1/2 Price Books
Noodles & Co.
Q. Cumbers
Core Power Yoga & Spa Edina
Highlands PTA
Highlands Green Team
Highlands “How Low Can WE Go?” project team
41Pounds-junk mail abatement
Klean Kanteen
MiMi the Sardine
Jamba Juice
Highlands Girl Scouts
Ride to Earth Day and receive a FREE bike safety check from Edina Bike experts.  Helmets on sale. Jamba Juice selling “$2 Jamba’s for Highlands GREEN school project fund.”  Collecting: old cells, PDAs, ink cartridges, caps and lids, batteries-see the Girl Scout table for collection bins. Waste-Free lunch items on sale: klean kanteens, laptop lunches, fabkins, and mimi the sardine lunch totes. GUEST SPEAKER, David Boyce 7:00PM in the Media Center-Solar 101 with Q & A. Make and Take non-toxic cleaner for green spring cleaning and Make and Take a reusable shopping bag.  And, so much more!
Fun and free for the whole family.

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Earth Day Celebration at Highlands 2009

Mark your calendars for April 22, 2009 6:00-8:00PM.  Highlands students will lead tours of our green school.  Fun for the whole family and kudos to the Highlands community for all of the hard work and effort over the past few years.

Details to come…big-blue1

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Highlands Green Team Update from Amy Scott

Hello Green Team Moms & Dads!

So far this year we have:
–          planted over 100 bulbs in the Husky Woods
–          sponsored an all school Highlands Grounds Clean-up to clear buckthorn and weeds and trim bushes
–          Spent an afternoon picking up trash, filling bird feeders, playing outdoor games
–          made and delivered a non-toxic cleaner for each of the class room teachers with home-made cards
–          wrote 5 songs for our upcoming “green” public service announcements for the News Show.

Our next Green Team meeting on Monday, February 2nd from 4:00-5:00 in Room #14.
We will start acting out and recording our “green” public service announcements that we created this month.

Future meetings are planned for:
Monday, March 2
Monday, April 13th (2nd Monday because of Spring Break)
Monday, May 4th
Monday, June 1

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Alice’s Wonderspray


Classes at Highlands are discussing the environmental toxins that are present in many of the all-purpose cleaners used at home and school.  The students are mass producing bottles of a safe, non-toxic all-purpose cleaner.

Alice’s Wonderspray is the recipe.  The active agent is good ole’ borax, which is found in nature and does disinfect, without harming the earth or children’s developing brains and bodies like bleach-based cleaners do.

Alice’s Wonder Spray

1/4 cup white vinegar
2 teaspoons Borax
1/4 cup liquid soap
32 oz. Hot water
20 drops of essential oil
(I am using Lavender; it is an antibiotic, antiviral, anti-fungal and

Combine all ingredients.
Chef: Lorayne Streeter, Lakewinds

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Green School Initiative Pilot Project has taken off with No Waste Lunches-How Low Can You Go?

The green school initiative pilot project which has been funded generously by a Solid Waste Management Community Power grant is introducing the first initiative in the next few weeks.

Last January the PTA, Green Team and volunteer students and parents implemented organics recycling to the lunch room. That act alone reduced the waste in Highlands cafeteria from 5 bags to 1 per day. We as a community would like to support that effort by taking it a step further by packing no waste lunches in the first place. These waste reduction practices reduce cost to operations dramatically.


Here is how to pack a no waste lunch. This is a small change we all can make for large benefits to our earth. By eliminating the green waste that goes to landfills we bring down green house emissions. By packing a no waste lunch we teach our children to be better stewards of the food we pack them and more personal responsibility for their belongings. Encourage your child to pack their own no waste lunch the night before school.

“Friends don’t let friends, drink from plastic.”





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Cedar Summit Certified Organic Farm Field Trip with the EcoMoms

Host: Jose Brizard/Ecopaulitans
Location: Cedar Summit Dairy Farm
2580 Drexel Ave, New Prague, MN 56071 US
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When: Tuesday, August 26, 10:00AM
Phone: Jose 651.695.1855
Please join us for a tour of the now certified organic Cedar Summit Farm. You may have already tasted their delicious milk and other dairy products from grass fed cows. We will tour the farm and the plant where they process cheese and ice cream, we might be able to see other farm animals such as chickens. The tour takes about one hour and is completed with an ice cream cone. For more information on the farm and a map, please visit their website. http://www.cedarsummit.com It takes about 50 minutes to get there from St. Paul.Tour is $7.50 per adult and $5.00 per child. Please RSVP.

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For Your Information

This was sent in by a Highlands parent. It was several years ago that my father’s oncologist suggested that he not microwave in plastic…interesting.

No plastic containers in microwave.

No water bottles in freezer.

No plastic wrap in microwave.

A dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer.

Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us.

He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers…

This especially applies to foods that contain fat.

He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body…

Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food… You get the same results, only without the dioxin So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.

Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.

He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons…

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.

Cover food with a paper towel instead.

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