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Energy and the Environment Basics – Global Warming

Energy and the Environment Basics – Global Warming

Think of the planet’s atmosphere as a bath tub that is filling with water faster than the drain can empty it. It is the same for CO2 and other greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. If we don’t stop adding CO2 at a faster rate than it can be removed, the atmosphere will be overloaded, just like how the tub will overflow with too much water. We must stop adding greenhouse gases and increase the amount of plants that naturally remove the carbon dioxide from the environment. If we give the planet a chance to catch up, then the atmosphere will find balance. All we have to do is turn off the “faucet” and stop the pollution at its source! Every type of Energy Source has a different impact on the environment. Some of the effects of these energy sources include toxic waste and the release of green house gases. On the other hand, renewable energy sources are clean and cause little environmental impact. They are safer, more responsible alternatives to non-renewable energy sources which we use today. Did you Know? Most carbon emissions, and other types of pollution in the environment come from the burning of fossil fuels like coal, gas, and oil. These fuels are used for most of our energy needs, including electricity production and powering cars and other vehicles. We use more electricity today than ever before. Electricity is part of our everyday life. Think about how we use it to: cook and to keep food from...

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Hartford High School Academy of Green Technology and Engineering Saves Energy and Dinero™

Hartford High School Academy of Green Technology and Engineering Saves Energy and Dinero™

Hartford High School Academy of Green Technology and Engineering has partnered with Green Eco Warriors to teach high school students about STEM skills, energy education, environmental leadership, and community engagement. Students are learning to Switch It Off ™ and reduce carbon emissions to slow climate change by turning off electronics and powering up their minds. The Switch It Off ™ program’s goal is to reduce the impacts of climate change on urban and minority populations, while increasing STEM skills and sustainability engagement in urban families. Hartford residents can support the Save Energy Save Dinero ™ fundraiser and reduce carbon emissions by having a home energy assessment completed through the sponsor Energy Efficiencies Solutions. EES will donate $25 to Hartford High for every home that Saves Energy and Dinero™.  Contact EES today at www.eesgogreen.com or learn more at http://www.gewportal.org/articles/ . Many families qualify for FREE services....

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Are you interested in creating a team of energy efficiency student champions at your school

Are you interested in creating a team of energy efficiency student champions at your school

Green Eco Warriors will work with your school to create a locally based school project which will provide: workforce skills training in energy efficiency jobs for students energy consumption education and how to reduce it reducing carbon emissions and how it relates to climate change a challenging teamwork project to enhance students skill sets: Initiative Dependability Professionalism Teamwork Communication Planning and organizing Problem solving Goals focus STEM skills To learn more, please call 860-993-0714.  ...

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Green Eco Warriors visit Oliver Ellsworth Elementary School, Windsor, CT

Green Eco Warriors visit Oliver Ellsworth Elementary School, Windsor, CT

Oliver Ellsworth Elementary School accepted the Save Energy Save Dinero Challenge! May 13th – Oliver Ellsworth Elementary School students welcomed the Green Eco Warriors to their school. Leticia Colon de Mejias taught students about energy, where it comes from, and sustainability. Students were engaged answering questions and learning the Green Eco Warrior theme...

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Being a Green Eco Warrior Intern – The importance of taking care of the earth

Being a Green Eco Warrior Intern – The importance of taking care of the earth

Name: Jack Wright Age: 17 Location: West Hartford, CT Green Eco Warrior Intern Date April 4 2015   I had always been aware of the importance of taking care of the earth, but until my family had an energy audit in my home, I had never witnessed the field work that directly aids sustainability efforts. I recall being both intrigued and inspired by the technique and the thoroughness of the energy audit, which provoked me to ask one of the workers about how they became involved with their work. Before the workers left, I was sure to ask if there was any way that I could be involved in the same field of work. One of the workers put me in contact with Leticia Colon de Mejias, the creator and President of Green Eco Warriors. I emailed Leticia right away, hoping to become further involved with efforts to improve the environment. Soon after, I received a response. That next Saturday, I began my work with Green Eco Warriors. For the past two years, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as an intern with Green Eco Warriors. I love being able to spread environmental awareness to youths through creative mediums. For example, I have helped write and edit scripts for skits, create costumes, and make props. Perhaps my favorite medium is the comic book series, featuring Dinero the frog. The highlight of my time as an intern is definitely the Youth Summit, held at the beginning of last Summer. Hundreds...

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CT STEM students attend the Save Energy Save Dinero® Youth Summit!

CT STEM students attend the Save Energy Save Dinero® Youth Summit!

On Tuesday June 3rd two hundred fourth and fifth grade students from Betances STEM magnet school in Hartford, CT participated in the Save Energy Save Dinero Youth Summit. The event was hosted by the Green Eco Warriors, a nonprofit organization which provides energy conservation and sustainability education to schools, families, and communities. The summit engaged students in tactile energy education, sustainability training, and leadership skills.  Jeff Barrie the award winning documentarian of “Kilowatt Ours” and Leticia Colon de Mejias, Latina author of “Dinero the Frog Learns to Save Energy” addressed the youth participants. The event and speakers focused on creating a culture of sustainable thinkers. “Your mind is your most valuable superpower”, Leticia told youth. “You can all make a difference by following your dreams”, was a powerful message shared by Jeff Barrie. “Educate, Motivate, Protect the Planet and our future” is the Green Eco Warrior creed. Youth confirmed the mission by chanting, “Green Eco Warriors Rock! Save Energy Save Dinero!”  Students and teachers enjoyed this unique opportunity to play educational games, complete ropes course challenges, and watch student performed plays. Every student left with a T-shirt, comic book, and a smile! To learn more about Green Eco Warrior events and programs, contact us by email at Casey@eesgogreen.com or by phone...

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Green Eco Warrior Comic Book

Green Eco Warrior Comic Book

 On June 3 2014 Green Eco Warriors Inc. released the long awaited Green Eco Warrior Comic Book – Issue 1 – The Beginning. The comic co-written by Casey Dilzer and Leticia Colon de Mejias and illustrated by Mytron Brewery focuses on five youth who learn that their destiny is to protect the planet. The youth and their friend, Cambio the monkey, must uncover the identity of Mr. Big Corp (an evil villain that feeds on greed),  and defeat the Phantom Draw  (a villain that steals energy). Green Eco Warrior comic teaches children to advocate, educate, communicate, and be leaders for the betterment of people and to protect the planet. Each issue introduces youth to important environmental and social concepts in a fun and engaging way. The Green Eco Warriors are a nonprofit organization which provides energy conservation and  sustainability education to grades...

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Meet the Green Eco Warriors

Meet the Green Eco Warriors

Green Eco Warriors work with others who care about the environment.  They use education and motivation to fight for our planet’s survival. The original Warriors were fifth and sixth grade boys and their families. They began by watching documentaries about humankind’s impact on the planet. Then they started the Green Eco Warrior recycling program in their schools.  Eventually the boys were featured on several news shows. Anyone can be a Green Eco Warrior! The ways to take action are endless. Jonathon (left photo) helped to pass the Connecticut bottle...

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Defeating the Phantom Draw

Defeating the Phantom Draw

The Phantom Draw lives in appliances that are still running after you have switched them off (this is called standby mode). You will know the phantom is still drawing power by a small green, blue, or red light on your appliance. The phantom draw is a major electricity waster and adds to air and water pollution. You can beat the Phantom Draw by using a power strip or unplugging appliances. Unplugging appliances, games, cellphone chargers, and televisions, or using a power strip that can be switched off completely will stop the Phantom in his tracks and lower your electric usage.   Vocabulary Energy– is the ability to do work. Energy can be found in a number of different forms. It can be chemical energy, electrical energy, heat (thermal energy), light (radiant energy), mechanical energy, and nuclear energy Appliance – devices such as refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, and computers, designed to perform a specific task. Electricity– the supply of electric current to a house or other building for heating,lighting, or powering appliances. Electricity is most often generated by the combustion (burning) of hydrocarbons (oil, coal, gas) or other substances that release substantial amounts of carbon dioxide, causing global warming, and other pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, which produces acid rain. Kilowatt- a measure of 1,000 watts of electrical power,...

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How Much Waste Does Your School Create?

How Much Waste Does Your School Create?

In one school year, Windsor Connecticut’s public schools throw out roughly half a million non-recyclable styrafoam lunch trays. If stacked one on top of another these trays would be taller than four of the worlds largest structures COMBINED! How did we figure this out? Peter Faulk of the Windsor Green Committee helped us with some research and provided the image of the trays stacked next to 4  of the world’s largest structures. Take a look at the research and math below used to calculate the amount of trays used in Windsor’s public school’s lunch rooms daily, and yearly . An estimated 5 tons of Non Recyclable Lunch Trays used and discarded yearly in Windsor, CT...

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