Ocean Friendly Establishments
Queen’s Creek Elementary School, located in Swansboro, NC, is once again being recognized as an NC Green School of Excellence and we can congratulate them by helping them fund their next project that will expand their environmental efforts, provide an even brighter future for their students both now and in the future, and provide an opportunity for other schools in NC to learn how to follow in their footsteps.
The school is currently collecting donations to support their NC GreenPower Solar School Pilot Program. Students and staff are grateful for the support from NC GreenPower and SECU who recently invested 2/3 of the funding needed for the project. NC Green Power is located in Raleigh, NC and is 501 (c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of our state’s environment by connecting consumers with green energy and carbon offset providers. Since the program started in 2003, NC GreenPower supported have provided more than 450 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy right here in NC and have mitigated nearly 14,500 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases through carbon offset projects.
Please join Coastinista in donating to the Queen’s Creek Elementary Solar Project (link below). Not only will this help reduce energy use, but more importantly, this program provides teacher training to incorporate this program into their lessons while connecting with the NC Standard Course of Study and allowing for other schools in the area to learn as well during potential teacher workshops and student inquiry programs. “Additionally, having experience with solar energy at a young age allows our students to develop the mindsets needed for a more sustainable world in the future.” – Cathy Dalimante, School Assistant Principal
Queen’s Creek Elementary is already one of Onslow’s top recycling schools and has developed further programs to not only reduce waste, but make sure that more is being captured for recycling programs that address nontraditional materials for recycling through a program called TerraCycle. Several grade levels at QCE attend tours of the local landfill and recycle centers to further their student’s education and awareness of proper waste disposal, waste reduction, recycling, and the environmental impacts of marine debris. They also promote the Ocean Friendly Establishments program to area businesses through student and teacher letters that provide detailed information on how we all benefit from a clean community environment.