Radnor Going Greener
Throughout the 2019-2020 school year we met and brainstormed and developed a vision for “Radnor Going Greener.” The plan was a district-wide initiative for 2020-2021 to bring parents, faculty, staff, students, and community organizations together to work on “upping our game” in the fight against climate change. We wanted to start with reducing waste, especially single-use plastic and styrofoam, but also tackle our energy and resource consumption in ways big and small, at home and at school. You know the next part. Then Covid hit.
What can we do now? What can we do today? Here are some great places to start!
- “Leave the Leaves” -- As we write this in October the leaves are just starting to fall. Composting and mulching the leaves on your property (even just in a tucked away corner bed or forest edge) is very beneficial to pollinators, insects, the birds that eat the insects, and your soil quality -- the entire ecosystem. Leaving the leaves saves all the time, money and truck fuel involved in collecting them and bringing them somewhere else! Here is one web resource from a group of residents in Bedford, NY
- Join and Support the Radnor High School Action Earth Club! This group has done amazing things! Students can contact Ali Bauer (email@example.com or 443-440-7445). The students have successfully petitioned the district and township to commit to moving away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy and will continue that work. They also meet regularly and have local food and compositing initiatives. Maybe you could fund a project?
- Join and Support the Radnor Conservancy as a volunteer or a member. The Radnor Conservancy has a very active native tree giveaway program (500 trees this fall of 2020!) and has worked for years on trail and environmental issues in the township. The Conservancy has hosted many RHS interns as well - working on projects that directly impact the community. Contact RHS/RMS parent and Conservancy Executive Director Gretchen Groebel to learn more. The community needs young voices to champion their environmental future.
- Calculate your family’s Carbon Footprint. The Radnor “Green Team” that works on township matters came up with this great score sheet to think about how you use resources. Contact Sara Pilling at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- What about in school? Think about your car trips here in town. How many could you reduce with walking, biking and your kids taking the Radnor school buses? Where can we advocate for bike and pedestrian safety improvements so even more car trips can be eliminated? How about food waste? Reduce your food packaging, take and pack only what you will eat, turn down what you won’t use.
=> Apply everything the global group Project Drawdown lays out to our local and school context. Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever developed to reduce greenhouse gases and reverse climate change. It lays out 100 solutions. And the #3 most important and most impactful change involves food consumption -- reducing how much water, toxins, and energy we pour into growing, packaging, and transporting food that ultimately gets thrown away.