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Ponderosa High PeaceJammers speak at Green Schools National Conference
Posted 3/5/2012 at 11:09 AM by Alison W in Affiliate News
Affiliate: Rocky Mountain
PeaceJammers from Ponderosa High School in Parker, CO are speaking at the Green Schools National Conference as sustainability experts because of their Global Call to Action recycling project that reduced waste by 70% and energy consumption by nearly 14%, saving their school over $300,000. Ponderosa High School PeaceJam were the first recipients of the Global Call to Action Challenge Award in 2009. Check out the article below for more information!

Members of the Peace Jam Club at Ponderosa High School are being recognized as sustainability experts and a national model. Students have saved their school more than $300,000 by cutting electric bills and the amount of trash they send to the landfill. The organizers of the Green Schools National Conference have asked the students to speak on Wednesday to encourage administrators from school districts around the country to follow their lead.

During the conference, which began on Monday at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, the Douglas County School District will be one of the highlighted districts. DCSD has saved more than $11 million over the past four years.

The Ponderosa students are expected to take the stage at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday as part of the offerings for adult conference goers, which means they’ll be talking to superintendents and principals from throughout the country.

The Peace Jam Club decreased energy usage by 33 percent, energy demand by 29 percent and now recycle about 80 percent of the school’s refuse.

The goal of the conference is to encourage more schools to consider sustainability measures, which are often easy and can save precious resources, both taxpayer money and the environment.

To see the full article at the source, click here!
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Dawn E wrote:
This is fantastic news!
posted 3/6/2012 at 9:28 AM
Brett E wrote:
these guys are definitely good people to speak on this issue, the work they've done has been amazing =)
posted 3/6/2012 at 9:41 AM
Jes W wrote:
Ponderosa represents like none other! Great work, passion, and stamina on your GCA project! Good luck on your upcoming conference in May!
posted 3/6/2012 at 9:43 AM
Elizabeth J wrote:
I so amazed by the work these youth are doing! Can they come speak to my graduate school about doing something like this?
posted 3/6/2012 at 12:08 PM
Betsy L wrote:
Heck yes! Great work by an amazing group of students.
posted 3/6/2012 at 1:18 PM
Debbie R wrote:
Thanks everyone for all the kind words! The GSNC was an amazing opportunity for Ponderosa's PeaceJammers! Even though there was a student summit on Monday, they were the only student group who presented a session during the Tuesday-Wednesday "adult" portion of the conference. They are incredible kids and I am so fortunate to have them in my life. PeaceJam is the best thing that's ever happened to me (other than my two beautiful daughters)! Check out our new video -!

Elizabeth - They will talk to anyone who will listen!!
posted 3/8/2012 at 7:43 AM