Click on the teams to scroll directly to a further description of their 2010-2011 projects:
ACGC Alexandria Eden Valley-Watkins Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Hutchinson Lac qui Parle Valley Litchfield Marshall Morgan New London-Spicer New Ulm Putting Green Northfield Ortonville Redwood Valley Springfield Westbrook-Walnut Grove Windom Willmar
2010-2011 YES! teams:
West Central YES! Cohort
- Grew fresh produce in their garden for over 800 students.
- Designed and constructed a mid-scale composting bin.
- Converted 96 school exit signs to LED’s
- Hosted creative and engaging educational events for 350 elementary students.
- Read more about their work in the ACGC Falcon Flier
- Organized a “Green Squad” to coordinate the ~16 ‘action teams’ that will carry out a variety of projects.
- They hope to purchase and install Vending Misers, research potential areas for improvement with their school’s electricity and water use, as well as increase environmental awareness in their school.
- Completed a solar PV system with one tracking panel and two stationary panels. You can see their current readings here.
- Presented at the Clean Energy Resource Teams conference.
- Providing guidance on environmentally-conscious decisions for the school’s upcoming building project.
- Hosted worm composting classes and an e-waste recycling event in their community.
- Gathered support for “Light the Path” project, installing solar – powered lights along the Appleton Bike Trail.
- Planned and prepared a Green Your Holidays event.
- Refurbished their school greenhouse.
- Collected holiday lights for recycling.
- Hosting a Green Week in their community.
- Collected electronic waste.
- NLS showcased their ingenuity this year by designing and constructing sturdy recycling/trash receptacles, a hoop garden and a water system which uses rainwater runoff.
- Sent out surveys to all teachers to identify areas where they can improve energy conservation in the classrooms.
- Retrofit lighting throughout their school building
- Educated elementary students through 45-minute presentations
- Planned and hosted an Earth Day event.
- Continues to maintain their year-round greenhouse. Students and volunteers make sure the greenhouse has adequate heat by re-filling pellets in the biomass burner, tending to the plants, continuously watering and weeding the beds throughout the season, and gearing up for the busy spring and summer seasons!
- Check out their website at: http://www.willmar.k12.mn.us/srhigh/content/greenhouse-project
Southwest YES! Cohort
- Developed a website, and are working on a video to showcase their projects on public access TV.
- Adding solar energy to their school’s greenhouse which already includes rain barrels and an in-vessel composting bin. http://gfw-greenteam.blogspot.com/
- Continue to bring an effective composting program to their High School.
- The Marshall YES! team, Marshall FFA and the Lyon County 4-H are bringing five educational sessions to elementary students in which they will teach about renewable energy in a fun and exciting way!
- Kick-starting their participation in the YES! program and their recycling program with the collection of unwanted holiday lights through the “Recycle Your Holidays” campaign.
- By designing and hosting EcoEarth Night for 5th-graders this year, New Ulm Putting Green earned the Creativity & Innovation Category Award.
- Also hosted the Earth Day Party for all southern region YES! teams.
- Check out their website at www.puttinggreen.org
- Bringing 16 permanent recycling bins to their downtown area, involving local organizations and artists in the development and design of these unique bins.
- Participating in the city-wide Earth Day event by guiding kids activities and showcasing their recycling project.
- Thoroughly sought out resources and best-practices before beginning school-wide composting
- Created education video with “Captain Compost” to teach elementary students about composting their lunch
- Partnered with a local farmer to collect nearly 30 cubic yards of compost.
- Completed installation of solar-powered lights along park trail.
- Reduced cafeteria food-waste by half, by first educating the students then hosting a competition.
- Created a video highlighting their Energy Monitor Patrol program, which won $50,000 in technology for their school through Samsung’s nationwide contest.
- Bringing a Pedal-A-Watt bike to their school’s weight room to power a TV.
- Monitoring the use of composting worm bins in the teacher’s lounge.
- More information on their student-developed Facebook page.
- Distributed 200 home energy kits
- Checked the tire pressure of cars at their school and in their community, educating drivers on the energy and gas savings associated with proper tire inflation
- Saved $21 on energy bills in one day alone by hosting a ‘Blackout Day’ during which as many lights as possible were shut off in the school
- Evaluated the school’s “vampire energy offenders” and recorded the lights used in the hallways.
- Check out their website for pictures and project updates!
- Standardized recycling school-wide with uniform bins and location throughout the building
- Worked with the PC’s for People program to recycle or reuse old computers
- Saved over 6,000 gallons of water by reducing team members’ shower time in one month alone
21 teams from across west central and southwest Minnesota participated in YES! 2009-2010.
An overview of the 2009-2010 YES! season.