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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - N. Rifle Road, Town of Crescent, Wisconsin USA

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N. Rifle Road, Town of Crescent, Wisconsin USA
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acooper789



Registered: August 2007
Posts: 1
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As a basis of any conservation effort lays a foundation in education. In the fourth quarter of my junior year at the Jefferson County Open High School, I co-taught a class covering topics from anthropogenic pollution, current energy consumption, energy conservation and alternative energies. This class was a culmination of three years of research based on the above-mentioned topics.
One of the topics I covered in class was how to conserve energy on an individual level. Of the 15 students I worked with, around half of them owned their own cars. Aside from the obvious answer of riding a bike instead driving, we discussed what we could do to make our cars more efficient. Checking air pressure, changing air filters, and changing oil were all proven methods of easily reducing gasoline consumption. I was able to convince our shop teacher to loan us his air compressor. In this way, I was able to check air pressure, fill tires and effectively conserve gasoline. As cars each need different oil and air filters, this proved to be a little more difficult. I then turned to educate the students outside of our own classroom. The students and myself took to our weekly governance to share our discoveries and encourage other students to take energy efficient actions.
A popular saying at my school has been “Think Globally, Act locally”. Working with this principle we discussed ways to conserve energy at our homes. To inspire our classroom discussions, I appealed for a pamphlet “70 Simple Ways to Conserve Energy at Home” from my local Xcel Energy Company. We discussed everything from caulking windows, replacing old inefficient windows, shading our houses with trees, adjusting thermostats, buying energy efficient products and generally cutting down our energy consumption.
Two of our students even went as far as to build a passive solar hot box. They constructed a box painted it black, insulated it, applied glazed glass and added it to the outside of their room to bring in warm air during the cold Colorado winter. Their effort was a success!
Through my efforts, I was able to educate and hopefully leave a legacy of energy conservation that will reduce pollution locally and clean our skies globally.
This was a good effort. Yet, I found myself on a family vacation in Wisconsin writing this essay and thinking what have I done since then? Apart from riding my bike instead of driving, I haven’t done too much. A little inspired by the young conservationists on www.wildernessproject.org, I decided to tidy up the 2 miles of N. Rifle Road in Oneida County Wisconsin. I had been jogging along this road and enjoying the north woods only to find trash strewn about the road.
On August 9th 2007 at 9:30 of the a.m. my nephew and I set out to clean up the road. Armed with two trash bags (one for trash and the other for recyclables), we spent multiple hours cleaning the road of cigarette butts, cans, bottles, playing cards, Styrofoam, paper and on and on... Tired and our trash bags full we set back for my aunt’s house.
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Hours Volunteered: 18
Volunteers: 19
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 9 to 20 (trash pick-up), 14 to 17 (classroom)
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 100
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 6
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inam92

Registered: September 2010
City/Town/Province: lahore/punjab
Posts: 1
September 8, 2010 1:56pm

I liked your idea to clean the environment. Even more, I think we should place large boxes on road sides so people can throw garbage in them, instead of throwing it here and there. This will keep the environment clean!