Jesuit High School celebrated it's annual Green Week celebration from April 19-23 in connection with Earth Day on Thursday, April 22. Led by Green Team, Jesuit's sustainability club, students and families were encouraged to participate by focusing on a specific theme for each day of the week and learning how to incorporate that theme into their daily lives, not only this week but throughout the year.
As an Ignatian institution, Jesuit High School is called to care for our campus, community, and future generations by internalizing our sacred duty to be caretakers for all creation and good stewards of the earth, our common home.
"The goal of Green Week is to educate, engage, and inspire every participant to care for the environment," said Green Team member Stella Anastasakis '22. "While fighting climate change is a daunting task, every step our community takes to be more eco-friendly is a critical step in the right direction."
Mindfulness Monday asked families to gauge their largest area of consumption using the Ecological Footprint calculator and considering one step to reduce that area of consumption. One simple way to reduce consumption is with a weekly "Meatless Monday" by using only vegetarian or vegan recipes for a day. Green Team's digital community cookbook called Sustainable Sustenance offers recipes and ideas for sustainable meals.
Trashless Tuesday challenged students and families to have a consider what they through into the trash on a daily basis. Students had conversations about reducing waste from their school lunches and shared their favorite "zero waste" tips for the chance to win some reusable lunch items.
Awareness Wednesday specifically focused on the activism aspect of environmental justice. Green Team created a letter-writing template for students and faculty to write to their local representatives about Oregon House Bill 2488, which looks at energy and the environment. Students also had the opportunity to sign petitions surrounding various environmental issues.
Green Thumb Thursday emphasized that growing food at home is one of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Planting seeds, buying a start, or regrowing food from scraps are all ways to get started. Student and faculty/staff who submitted pictures had the chance to win a gift to a local nursery.
Family Film Friday wraps up Green Week with engaging movies/documentaries for our community to watch. Jesuit families were invited to look at a LibGuide assembled by our librarians for different recommended movies. Family Film Friday is a day to sit down with your family, grab a snack, and have a conversation about sustainability.
Students are encouraged to bring hard-to recycle items (contact lens blister packs, deodorant containers, toothpaste tubes and more) to the collection bins in Knight Lobby or the Commons any time school is in session. Jesuit's Green Team facilitates recycling these items in bulk through their partnership with Terracycle.