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Cedar Rapids students earn 'Green Team' awards for recycling

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The Cedar Rapids Community School District handed out their first "Green Team" awards on Tuesday morning.

Teams made up of students and staff members were recognized during a ceremony at the McGrath Amphitheater in downtown Cedar Rapids for their efforts in energy efficiency and recycling.

“The creation and implementation of the Green Teams led directly to this honor,” Benson noted. “Your actions are helping to create passionate and thoughtful leaders for the future who will make environmentally-conscious decisions that will create a better world for us all.”

2014 Green Team Awards were presented to the following school teams:

- Hoover Elementary was awarded the Alliant Energy Award for Energy Conservation for reducing energy consumption by 12.32 percent compared to the previous year. The award consists of a commemorative plaque and a tree planted at the school.

- Kennedy High School was awarded the Shive Hattery Visionary Views Award for their “commingle program,” which added recycle bins throughout the hallways, in each classroom, the cafeteria and gymnasium. The team also conducted a Food Waste Audit to decrease the amount of waste. The award is $500 for the purchase of teaching and learning materials.

- Jefferson High School received the Recycle More Environmental Award from City Carton. The school community has reduced the amount of trash going to the landfill by 60 yards per week and increased their recyclables to include more than just paper and cardboard. They will receive a park bench made from recycled materials.

- Taft Middle School received the iGreenCR Award for their pro-active approach to water conservation by meeting with the District Food and Nutrition Manager to discuss water usage in the cafeteria. They will receive a new water fountain/bottle filler.

- Hoover Elementary School was awarded the Quaker Oats Green Award for creating a rap song about conservation, identifying classroom ambassadors, making recycled holiday ornaments, installing a green bucks program, and designing posters and bulletin boards to further educate students and staff. They received an engraved plaque.

- Kenwood Elementary School, Taft Middle School, Van Buren Elementary School, Grant Elementary School, Truman Elementary School, Harding Middle School, Johnson Elementary School, Hiawatha Elementary School, Garfield Elementary School, and Harrison Elementary School all received the Green Team Participation Awards for showing at least a 5 percent reduction in utility usage, as well as the implementation of a commingle recycling program.

Superintendent Dr. Dave Benson also announced that the district won the 2014 “Best School Recycling Program” award from the Iowa Recycling Association for programs and projects exhibiting cutting-edge recycling practices.
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