The Green Council for School Improvement (GCSI) was established in 2009 to implement and coordinate programs and activities that encourage environmental sustainability, the wise use, recycling and reuse of natural resources, and avoid activities that create adverse environmental consequences.
Key to the council's activities is a Request for Proposal (RFP) process that allows students and staff to submit their action plans for how to make our schools more responsible environmentally. The District 219 Board of Education has approved funding for these projects. GCSI members will screen and review the proposals and make the funding decisions.
Join us on October 8th for our Annual Environmental Service Day.
I hope the new year is
treating you well. I hope you don't mind, but I have kind of taken it
upon myself to bring you environmental/green/crunchy-granola news from time to
time and today is a big one.
Initially, these lands were managed mainly for their scenery, with "dangerous" megafauna such as wolves, bears, and mountain lions being killed to make the parks safer, and thus, more attractive to tourists. Thankfully, nowadays, these lands are managed according to best practices that are supported by peer-reviewed science. We now realize that these lands are important not just for their scenery, but to preserve remnants of the natural ecosystems that were once widespread across our country.
If you have ever visited a national park, you know of their magic. There is solace in open spaces, and our parks have plenty of open space. In my opinion, they are a necessary requirement for physical, mental, and spiritual health. I urge you to take a moment today to reflect upon the work of various individuals such as John Muir, Ansel Adams, Stephen Mather, Teddy Roosevelt, and others who fell in love with these lands and saw that their true value lied not in what resources could be mined from them, but rather in their preservation. Also, take a moment to reflect upon the lives of the Native Americans who felt a spiritual connection to these lands that sustained them and their culture for centuries long before European settlers arrived to stake their claim.
If you are still reading,
thanks! If you gave up already, I understand. I have a hard time
editing myself. Regardless, hopefully you can find some time to enjoy
your favorite natural area(s) sometime in the near future and feel what John
Muir shared with this quote:
Tom Jodelka, firstname.lastname@example.org, x2756