Cherry Tree Elementary has reduced its plastic water bottle use by two-thirds with a method introduced by its cafeteria mangaer Mary Sipes last spring. Students who want to drink water with their lunch no longer have to buy a bottle of it for 60 cents; they can drink it for free! And they do so out of re-usable plastic cups that go through the cafeteria's dishwasher. Students fill their cups at a five-gallon water cooler on a cart in the lunchroom. Kudos to Mary for reducing waste and thinking outside of the box! For details of her creative solution, click here: Reusable_Plastic_Cups_and_Water_Coolers_at_Cherry_Tree.doc
Students in Cherry Tree's green club wanted to share this sustainable solution with other schools. This fall, they applied for a grant from the Carmel Green Teen Microgrant Program. The $610.64 check they received will pay for cups and coolers for Smoky Row Elementary and Carmel Elementary and is enough for even more schools to get on board. Thanks, Cherry Tree, for helping Carmel schools go green!!!