Pollard Environmental Action Team

"We must become the change we want to see in the world." - Gandhi

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has"     - Margaret Mead 

"Those who do not try to improve the world are digging their own grave" - Anonymous


Welcome to PEAT’s page. This site contains pertinent information for Pollard faculty and students regarding the Pollard Environmental Action Team.

We are also want to put as much information as possible in one place for easy access by the green community.

Please let us know if there is any information missing from these pages that you would like added.


PEAT meets regularly on Mondays at 3:10-4:00, and Thursdays at 2:50-3:45 in Room 293 at Pollard Middle School. We try and follow up on the meeting with a Recycling Service Project, usually involving one of Pollard's several on-going programs. Drop in to visit or to join! 

Created:         December 18 , 2012 - 3:45 PM   
Webmaster:    Matthew Hu

ATTENTION: If you do need to contact Mr. Dowe, email him Here.

PEAT is a pollard based organization focused on creating a greener and more environmentally focused community. 
We are dedicated to maintaining an atmosphere of ecological caring and responsibility at Pollard. Feel free to stop by to express your ideas on how to help our school and environment or just want to be surrounded by people with the same values as you.

A Summer Reminder

posted Jun 4, 2014, 1:12 PM by Matthew_ Yee   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 12:18 PM by Charlotte R Bolivar ‎(2025)‎ ]

North America is facing endless  greed. People constantly succumb to their desire for more - more food, more clothing, more gadgets - without thinking about what these products are made of, how they were manufactured, and from where they were shipped. Before steps to stop environmental damage can be taken, people must realize that insatiability and sustainability cannot coexist. Our earth has limited resources, and if we continue to push their limits by demanding more, the environment’s delicate balance will be permanently damaged.

So what makes an environmentally friendly consumer? The key is to learn about products and act on the information. Ask questions like “What is that made from?” “How was it made?” and “Where was it shipped from?” Without being aware of this information, positive product choices cannot be made. Perhaps the next time you go to the grocery store, you’ll want to know if the food you eat is genetically modified or organically grown. Or the next time you buy clothes, you’ll check if the label says “Made of 100% organic cotton” and “Sweatshop free.” If not, you are supporting the effects of tampering with and contaminating nature through the unnatural practices of GMOs and pollutants. 

Perhaps you are not concerned about how your choices may affect the environment, but if you discovered that these choices were killing you, your family, friends, and other organisms that inhabit Earth, then you might be concerned. The pollutants responsible for damaging our environment may be just as responsible for causing allergies, asthma, and cancer. So, why should we become green consumers other than for ourselves? Think about it.

Countdown clock is incorrect

posted May 28, 2014, 7:28 PM by Olivia Ochoa   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 12:39 PM by Charlotte R Bolivar ‎(2025)‎ ]


posted Jan 17, 2014, 5:12 AM by Matthew_ Yee   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 12:40 PM by Charlotte R Bolivar ‎(2025)‎ ]

For all 8th graders who have to do a CSL, joining the Pollard Environmental Action Team is a possible project. It's necessary to place a major spotlight on our planet earth. Humans are going through resources too fast, too carelessly. If we do not start to counter-act this now, what will be in store for our future?

8th Grade CSL Notice

posted Jan 17, 2014, 5:09 AM by Matthew_ Yee   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 1:17 PM by Chuck Dowe ]

To 8th graders at Pollard- 

A CSL is a hard thing to do. You will need to perform hours of service to an organization or project related to your interest. At the end of the project, everyone will need to make a "portfolio" about their work. A binder is most suitable for a "portfolio". Often, a new binder is needed completely. At the end of the project, these binders, like most old school binders, will be thrown out. This creates an unnecessary load of materials that need to be disposed of. These goods are reusable, and end up in a landfill, where they sit, doing nothing. Many usable goods end up in landfills, making them no longer usable. This creates a load of waste that people could do without.

The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy: raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated and then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment, and save money.

With PEAT, there comes an opportunity to reuse and reduce. PEAT has a collection of slightly, but not beaten, binders that students can use for their CSL portfolio.

We let students in the 8th grade use these for free. All you have to do is ask. In this step we are reusing.

We ask students to use these binders, as to not have to get more, which will inevitably end up in a landfill. In this step we are reducing.

We encourage people to recycle the slightly used binders by giving back to PEAT, and therefore recycling them; putting them back to the place where they started, thus making the cycle of binders continuing.

A Tip from Peat

posted Jan 17, 2014, 5:08 AM by Matthew_ Yee   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 1:17 PM by Chuck Dowe ]

One person's trash is another person's treasure. Instead of discarding unwanted appliances, tools, or clothes, try selling or donating them. Not only will you be reducing waste, you'll be helping others. Local churches, community centers, thrift stores, schools, and nonprofit organizations may accept a variety of donated items, including used books, working electronics, and unneeded furniture.

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