GGI Newsletter: December 2015


This month:

  • Introducing the Go Green Energy Auditor

    Rotary Christmas Parade 

  • See Who Won of the Energy Conservation and Action Poster Art And Slogan Contest!!

  • Professional Development

  • News you can use: Make the difference in gifting, Green holiday celebrations

  • Middle School Water Quality Labs


Hunter Desario, Green Schools Energy Auditor

Cumberland County Schools welcomes Hunter Desario who came onboard August of this year.  He is busily checking out schools conducting energy audits as well as our famous night time audits.  Hunter will be exploring your campus to help  your school conserve energy.

Hunter is a US Army Special Operations, Civil Affairs, veteran and advocate for energy conservation and efficiency. Hunter holds certificates in both commercial energy auditing, Lean Six Sigma and is finishing a Master’s degree in Professional Studies; with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship. Hunter is eager to engage with CCS facilities and staff to promote practices that drive utility cost savings by gathering information and identifying opportunities for utility savings and other improvements in facility operations

You are cordially invited to join us for this year's Rotary Christmas Parade

Saturday December 12, 2015 
contact for more information.

Energy Conservation and Action Month:
 Poster Art and Slogan Contest Winners

October is Energy Conservation and Action Month.  In celebration of this, we ask our students, kindergarten to seniors to contribute original art work depicting ways we can conserve energy. And think of a slogan that goes with the art.  Click here to watch a video of the art work of students who won.

Just in time for the holiday season, First place winners receive $100; Second place winners receive $75 and Third place winners receive $50.  All those recognized receive Certificates.  

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."      ~Benjamin Franklin

In recent years, I had come to the conclusion that we have enough 'stuff' and I felt the frenzy that seems to come with buying from Thanksgiving through to the New Year, for many people, seemed to obliterate the actual meaning of these holidays.  

So how does one 'give' during this time of year that will actually understate the meaning of the seasons of giving.  And since I am a beekeepers we gave hives in adult family members names.  That being said are you looking for that perfect gift?   
One that keeps on giving?  Whether it is Chanukah,  Christmas or Kwanzaa these foundations work to reduce poverty, hunger and help with development in our country and others.  You can find these might work for you locally and internationally.  

Action Against Hunger (3-4% administrative costs) 4 stars overall

C.A.R.E. (5.3%  administrative costs)  3 stars overall
Heifer International (8.4 admin costs) 2 starts overall
Outreach International (7% admin costs) 3 starts overall
OXFAM (7% admin costs) 3 stars overall
UNICEF (5% admin costs) 4 stars overall
World Food Programs (1.9%) 3 stars overall         (All data is from )


From me to you: Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa

What does one person give to another?

He gives of himself, of the most precious thing he has, he gives of his life.
This does not necessarily mean that he sacrifices his life for the other; but that he gives him of that which is alive in him.
He gives of his joy, of his understanding, of his knowledge, of his humor, of his sadness, of all expressions and manifestations of that which is alive in him.
In thus giving of his life, he enriches the other person. He enhances the other's sense of aliveness by enhancing his own sense of aliveness.
He does not give in order to receive; giving is in itself exquisite joy.
But in giving, he cannot help bringing something to life in the other person, and this which is brought to life reflects back to him; in truly giving,
He cannot help receiving that which is given back to him.
Giving implies to make the other person a giver also and they both share in the joy of what they have brought to life.
In the act of giving, something is born, and both persons involved are grateful for the life that is born for both of them.    

Green Giving, Green Gifting, the Gift of Green and Unshopping

Green your Holiday -
Think LED lighting - PWC customers have incentives they can cash in when buying LED holiday lighting.
Send your holiday greeting electronically.  Put holiday lights on timers.  Think eco friendly and fair trade gifts  Read more...

Artificial is OK.  Harvesting a sustainably raised tree is better.  Consider a potted tree to plant is best.
Consider carbon offsets if you are traveling. Compost your compostables, use reusable materials to decorate, and eat with, instead of disposables.  See more...  

Gifts that help wildlife, hosting a Green celebration and more...

romote economic action by shopping and unshopping.... intriguing isn't it!

How about all those gifts that suck up battery's life?  Try these.  Then wrap it ecologically.  Go for LOCO for local foods and think sustainably make your celebrations ZERO WASTE!

March is Water Quality Labs month

With World Water QualityTesting Day March 22nd, Cumberland County Schools has partnered with our community partners City of Fayetteville Parks, Storm Water and NC Willdlife Resource Commission to offer 8th Grade Water Quality Labs.  We offer these labs during in the fall and late winter/early spring.

Get ready for Cumberland County Green Schools and Sustainable Sandhills 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration!!  Thursday April 21 and Friday April 22, 2016.  Hosted by Cape Fear Botanical Gardens and our many environmental education partners.


Registration coming in January!

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