The Go Green Challenge
The results are in!
Students and staff in the OCM BOCES McEvoy building won this year’s Go Green Challenge, pulling out a victory by 14 points over Operations & Maintenance/Central Receiving. As a result, students and staff at McEvoy will receive the “Go Green” trophy lamp and a pizza party for the entire building. Congratulations, McEvoy!
In the end, a last-minute surge in purple bonus points pushed McEvoy over the 300-mark and on to victory. Special projects included:
- Students in Terri Wood’s class recycled plates and coffee mugs and transformed them into birdfeeders. In addition, backdrops and props for the annual Spring Show incorporated recycled cardboard and coffee cans.
- Computer tech students recycled computer parts to make new computers for welding students. In addition, computer tech and automotive tech students recycled computer magnets to make phone chargers.
- A building-wide effort to use more digital resources, such as Google Docs and email, had students using far less paper.
“Our ultimate goal was to divert trash from landfills, increase recycling and conserve energy,” said OCM BOCES Facilities Director John Wisniewski, who chaired the committee. “We were very successful with that.”
Members of the Go Green Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the four-month challenge, which produced positive results across the board. Committee members noted these exceptional achievements:
- Five of the nine buildings that participated in the challenge were able to increase their recycling volume by 10 percent or more. Those buildings were Cortland Alternative School, Seven Valleys New Tech Academy, McEvoy, the Henry Student Services building and the Main Campus.
- Three buildings reduced their monthly trash volume, freeing up more space in landfills. Those buildings were the Henry Student Services building, the Henry Career & Technical Education building, and McEvoy.
OCM BOCES Sustainability Committee Members