Westbrook-Walnut Grove (WWG)
The Westbrook-Walnut Grove YES! team has partnered with Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership to install and demonstrate ways to increase water and energy savings in communities throughout the region.
Designed to increase community conservation awareness, this program teaches community members a plethora of no to low cost ways to save hundreds of dollars per year while saving the environment at the same time.
In this interactive program, students bring attendees room to room and demonstrate ways to reduce water and energy consumption in each room. The students did their first demonstration November 3rd at the Westbrook Apartments. Markette Hubin, a member of the Westbrook-Walnut Grove YES! team,
Members of the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Earth YES! Class
reflected on this experience: “I think what we did at the Westbrook Apartments had a big impact, by changing their faucets and making sure they save water and just giving presentations on saving energy and water. The tips were very helpful…I try and share the knowledge I learned in this class with others.” Another member of the YES! team, Stephani Gundermann, commented, “YES! is a great program. I never thought about how much energy and water I use. This group made me really think about what I do and how I could make the world better.”
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (ACGC)
ACGC students sort recycling into their stackable recycling bins
The ACGC YES! team is taking recycling to the next level with color-coded recycling containers and recycling carts dedicated to picking up recycling at each classroom in both their high school and elementary school.
The ACGC team utilized their YES! award money from the past two years, along with $1,000 from Meeker Cooperative, and $2,500 from Captain Planet for their recycling sorting project. This has allowed ACGC to invest in 300 stackable recycling bins in five different colors. This recycling program initiated by the ACGC YES! team has expanded into the ACGC Elementary School as they reach out to educate youth on recycling. Their goal is to get all students in their district involved in sorting the recycling and to see the value in recycling.
Where does our used motor oil go? This is the question Royalton YES! students asked their city council. The response was “we’re not sure.” The students quickly identified a way to make a difference in their community. They will meet with the mayor to begin crafting a plan to collect used motor oil for Royalton residents.
Read about the great projects that other YES! teams are working on here.