Stephanie Garcia has always been conscious of the environment. Her father works for the California Conservation Core, and he always impressed upon her the importance of taking care of the world around her. Stephanie, 17, remembers going to beach cleanups at an early age, and her family has always prided itself on recycling at home, which is why the Camarillo High senior has introduced a paper recycling program to the high school campus. Stephanie said she noticed how the campus recycled cans and bottles but not paper. Students go through plenty of paper, especially with Advanced Placement classes, she said. The teen’s goal is to not only recycle paper on campus but also make students more cognizant of their impact on the environment. Stephanie, who describes herself as shy, never saw herself leading this type of project. “I’ve never been the type of person that was like, ‘Oh, I should go do this,’ but I thought it was important enough for me, and I decided to do something about it,” Stephanie said. She has been working on the program for a year and a half, since she was a junior. Stephanie said the program has started small, with four 32-gallon bins placed at four wings on campus, the C, D, K and administration buildings. Cardboard boxes for collecting paper have been placed in classrooms. Stephanie wants to see the program expand to cover the entire campus by the end of the school year. “We decided to be organized and smart about it and start with four buildings and work out the kinks and see how we can make sure the recycling program stays in place for the rest of school (and) even next year and the next year and the next year,” she said. At first, she underestimated the amount of work involved. Stephanie thought the program would simply start once she placed collection bins around campus. She learned, however, that it took a lot more hard work. “I thought it was going to be easy, but it wasn’t because there was a whole bunch of steps you have to go through,” Stephanie said. Those steps included contacting Roger Pichardo, the city’s recycling coordinator, who asked her to write him a letter detailing her plans. Stephanie also met with Camarillo High Principal Glenn Lipman, who asked her a variety of questions and told her she needed to involve an adult on campus. Susan Thee, a teacher in the science department, became involved. A group dubbed Environmental Club has been formed and so far, Stephanie said, around 12 students have joined. Thee serves as an adviser. By having a club, students can collect the recycling proceeds and put them toward environmental activities, Stephanie said. She said students can receive community service hours for participating in the club. Pichardo has provided advice on how to organize the club and activities they can do. Counselor Christine Bruggman has helped get teachers involved. “She’s been real pivotal in getting this off the ground,” Thee said. Lori McVicker, who has a daughter at the school, has been involved with recycling programs at La Mariposa Elementary and Las Colinas Middle schools. McVicker helped Stephanie connect with RSI Services, a privately owned business in Camarillo that provides free collection containers, secure onsite shredding, and pickup and delivery of the paper to a recycling facility in Ventura County. RSI will give the school $20 for each ton of paper recycled, with the money going to the Environmental Club. McVicker said having a student involved is important in getting a recycling program started on campus. “You can never start these from the outside,” McVicker said. “You need someone on the inside who’s interested.” Teachers have taken to the program and are contacting Bruggman to find out how they can get involved. “It’s kind of cool because teachers are actually into it,” Stephanie said. “They want to do something about it.” The success of the recycling drive has been a confidence booster for Stephanie, who wants to major in political science in college and has aspirations of becoming involved with the United Nations. “She is really incredible,” Thee said. “She is a real gogetter.”
Recycling Club February 2010 Who? GO GREEN—The Environmental Club at Camarillo High School began a paper recycling program earlier this year on the Camarillo campus. Students and school staff members have worked together to make the recycling program not only beneficial to the planet but also as a small money maker for the newly started club. Members include, front row from left, Ana Garcia, Mary Ramos, Stephanie Garcia, Evelynn Garcia and Vivian Garcia. Those in the back row are Roger Pichardo, Lori McVicker, Elizabeth McVicker, Christine Bruggman, Dalena Motts, Glenn Lipman and Susan Thee.
WHY ? – Small measures add up to large savings* ! Mrs. Thee: November 4, 2009 Thank you very much for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with Laura, Stephanie, and me. I think we accomplished a lot at the meeting. Stephanie has demonstrated great leadership and I know she will get this going as long as she receives support from staff and students. As for conserving energy, please see below: The Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) offers public agencies small, easy to install energy efficiency measures (i.e., vending misers and LED exit signs) as an "sweat equity" program. Small measures can add up to large savings. Additional measures may be available as new products and opportunities come to the marketplace. Please feel free to pass this information on to the appropriate person(s) at the District Executive level or to whom it may concern. Formed in July 2003, the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) composed of public agencies working in collaboration to approach the availability, reliability, conservation and innovative use of energy resources in the Ventura County region. The current governing board consists of the County of Ventura and the cities of San Buenaventura, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo and Fillmore, Ventura County Community College District, Ventura Regional Sanitation District, Casitas Municipal Water District and Ventura Unified School District. Membership may be expanded at any time to include new public agency members with shared interests and powers in common. However, board membership is not required for public agencies to receive services. While the services are directed to public agencies and non-profits, many of the programs and services of VCREA are available to business and residential utility customers. The following link will provide more details on how VCREA assist the PVSD. http://www.vcenergy.org/ContentPage.asp?ContentID=87 Roger M. PichardoManagement AnalystOffice of the City ManagerCity of Camarillo805.388.5392 Voice805.383.5631 Fax * ACHS receives $20.00 per ton
Why? Paper Shredding Events help the public prevent identity theft: The threat of identity theft makes discarding personal and confidential information with your trash a dangerous practice. It is essential that documents containing Social Security numbers and other identifying information, including credit card statements, applications and receipts, medical records, bank statements, and tax and other legal documents, be safely disposed of to protect yourself and your family.
How Much ? Susan, we can provide 64 or 32 gallon containers; 64 gallon holds 200 pounds and is $25.00 per pick and the 32 gallon holds 90 pounds and is $ 20.00 per pick up. All material is shredded on site. December 12, 2009 Let me know if you want to set up service and Happy Holidays. Thank You,Susan Belluschi -RSI Services, Inc.79 Daily Dr, Ste. 266Camarillo, CA 93010Phone: 800.420.3517x22Cell: 805.236.5138Fax: 805.981.0174 firstname.lastname@example.org
Small beginnings our goal: Begin small with the following teachers: Campos, Pascual; Wilkerson, Damian; Carroll, Joseph; Arenas, Christine; Streicher, Amy; Tritschler, Anna; Thee, Susan; SmithMichel, Laurel; Lange, Ida; Mills, Bonnie; Beckman, Holly; Pristera, Lori; Prentice, Debbie; Pickrel, Brian; Valenteen, Patricia; Arena, Terry; Santana, Abigail January 21, 2010 Containers arrived today. Should be delivered tomorrow P3; if this presents a problem, let me know. Yours are the first three buildings involved in this project (plus admin bldg.) We’ll inform you of pick-ups, no garbage (contamination), etc. by next week. This should present no hardship on your part; if ever you want out, let me know. Containers are desk side medium; smaller ones are available. THANK you for your participation and support.
In the News : ACORN Camarillo teen among those recognized by county board for eco-friendly work By Sophia Fischer email@example.com Several local individuals, groups and businesses recently received recognition for their efforts to improve the environment. The Climate Change Action Awards—presented by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors—are a showcase for voluntary efforts that reduce the risks of global warming. “We recognize that dedicated people and groups are working all across Ventura County to turn the tide against global warming, and we want to recognize some of these outstanding efforts,” wrote Supervisor Steve Bennett in an April 20 letter about the awards. This year’s nominees and winners were recognized during a ceremony at the Ventura County Government Center in honor of Earth Day. Winners included Ceres Inc., the city of Thousand Oaks, Camarillo High School student Stephanie Garcia and Westlake High School’s Students for Solar Schools. Ceres, a T.O.-based biotechnology firm, develops and markets low-carbon, nonfood grasses and other plants for advanced biofuels and biopower. Some plants contain ingredients like sugar that can be converted into biofuel. In November, Ceres was chosen from 3,700 renewable energy proposals for a $5-million U.S. Department of Energy research grant. Ceres hopes to expand its output by as much as 40 percent to reduce the use of oil by 1.3 billion barrels, coal by 58 million tons and nitrogen fertilizer by 1.2 million tons over a 10year period. Since 2000 the city of T.O. has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 36 percent. The city uses hybrid, natural gas-fueled car pool vans for employees, has worked with the county on energy-efficiency projects and is nationally known for energy conservation policies at its wastewater treatment plant. Westlake High School’s Students for Solar Schools formed in 2008 to bring solar power to the school. The group has also helped to form four new chapters at other county high schools and has connected with other like-minded groups nationally and internationally. The Westlake club was recently selected as a finalist for the Student Conservation Assoc-iation’s Green Your School award sponsored by the NBC Universal Foundation. After noticing piles of discarded paper in classrooms, Camarillo High School senior Stephanie Garcia launched a recycling club at CHS with the help of students, parents, administrators and the city of Camarillo. As a result, more than 4,000 pounds of discarded paper have been collected. Nominees for the awards included Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks resident Jeri Edwards and Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD). TOHS was recognized for a recent Sustainability Summit that brought in speakers to discuss simple things that can be done to reduce the carbon footprint, like reusing bags when shopping and borrowing books instead of buying them. Thousand Oaks resident Jeri Edwards was recognized for her community cleanup efforts in Oak Park. After picking up trash on her own, Edwards helped create the Oak Park Cleanup Day, during which volunteers collect garbage on streets, trails and schools in Oak Park. The Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council, OPUSD and residents support the annual event, which is in its fourth year. Oak Park schools were honored for incorporating environmental education into the curriculum and using eco-friendly policies, including purchasing paper with high recycling content, using eco-safe cleaning supplies, using and recycling lunch trays made of corn and offering additive-free foods in cafeterias. OPUSD also uses only organic fertilizers in landscaping to maintain a healthy environment and to avoid polluted runoff into creeks. Other winners and finalists were the Ojai Valley Green Coalition, Ventura County Community College District, Granite Construction in Santa Paula, Earth Safe Finishes in the Santa Rosa Valley, Nature By Design in Ventura, Naval Base Ventura County, Ventura County General Services Agency, the city of Ventura, Ventura Unified School District and United Way’s Young Leaders Society.
Earth Day, Thursday, April 22 Fundraiser at CamarilloCommunity Center April 17th. Shredding Event, Saturday June 5th. Paper collected … So far…. February 1884 pounds March 780 pounds March 10 2010
Earth Day Camarillo Celebrate Camarillo's First Earth Day! Earth Day Camarillo! Thank you ACHS Recycling Club for joining us and making Camarillo’s 1st Earth Day a Success! Camarillo Community Gardens are proud to announce the 1st Annual Camarillo Earth Day celebration at the Camarillo Community Center, 1605 Burnley St., on Saturday, April17, 2010 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. We will also be showcasing the Community Center as the location of our second community garden!Our theme this year is "Growing Healthy Families" - promoting healthy eating, educating the public on creating a sustainable community and environmental awareness. The event will feature live music, children's activities and booths from local community organizations. The emphasis will be on growing your own food, buying from local farmers, water conservation and making good food choices. This event is made possible by the Camarillo Community Garden members, in conjunction with the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District. Sponsored by the McGrath Family Farms and So Cal Adolfo Self Storage. Visit us on the web! Volunteers, vendors, and interested sponsors can download applications at www.earthdaycamarillo.com For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
T-shirts made by RSI for the Earth Day Event April 17, 2010
The Camarillo City Council recognizes Stephanie Garcia for spearheading a school-wide paper recycling program at Adolfo Camarillo High School. Ms. Garcia has also helped form the Adolfo Camarillo High School Recycling Club which is comprised of school administrators, city officials, students, parents and RSI Shredding Inc. Since the program was implemented in February 2010, the Recycling Club has collected more than 4,460 pounds of paper, which is equivalent to saving 25 trees and 6.69 cubic yards of landfill space. The Recycling Club is committed to help reduce carbon footprint by supporting the production of recycled paper, which also requires less energy, less water, reduces air pollution, and saves thousands of trees from destruction.
Paper Shredding Event ACHS On Saturday, January 5, 2010, the City of Camarillo will host a secure paper shredding event at Adolfo Camarillo High School, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanks to a partnership with RSI Shredding and Adolfo Camarillo High School, this event is available to the residents and businesses, free of charge. The threat of identity theft makes discarding personal and confidential information with your trash a dangerous practice. It is essential that documents containing Social Security numbers and other identifying information, including credit card statements, applications and receipts, medical records, bank statements, and tax and other legal documents, be safely disposed of to protect yourself and your family. A maximum of six boxes (15"x12"x9") of paper per customer will be shredded free of charge; additional boxes will be charged a fee of $4 each. Trash items will not be accepted. Personal documents will be shredded on the spot in a specially marked RSI shredding truck before delivery to a recycling center in Ventura County. Customer boxes will be returned to participants for reuse opportunities after their paper is collected and shredded. A portion of the proceeds received from the recycled paper will be donated to the Adolfo Camarillo High School Recycling Club.
Ventura County Star April 1, 2010 On any given day, trash cans at each Camarillo High School classroom can be seen filled with paper waste. While many disregarded the trash, senior Stephanie Garcia saw the pile as an opportunity to help her school and the environment. Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/apr/01/camarillo-teen-launches-paper-recycling-effort/#ixzz0wG7agSJw- vcstar.com Robert Baca of RSI Shredding Services prepares to load paper recycling collection containers at Camarillo High School for on-site shredding March 24, 2010. Senior Stephanie Garcia spearheaded the school-wide paper-recycling program.
Mary Ramos puts papers into a recycling container at Camarillo High School, March 24, 2010. Students are working with the city of Camarillo to launch the schoolwide paper-recycling program.Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/apr/01/camarillo-teen-launches-paper-recycling-effort/#ixzz0wG8W23BS- vcstar.com
Garcia, with the help of students, administrators, parents and the city of Camarillo, has started a schoolwide recycling program. The group and the school’s newly formed Recycling Club, have collected more than 4,000 pounds of paper. “In the long run, it’s better all around,” Garcia, 18, said. “Now teachers are getting more involved and telling their students to recycle their trash. It’s unified the school in a way.” Garcia, who grew up recycling with her family, was concerned about the accumulation of wastepaper on campus. She tried to put together a program last year but faced hurdles and did not have enough volunteers to help her. Garcia approached Principal Glenn Lipman, who advised her to get enough assistance to organize and maintain a recycling program at school. “Getting someone to help you and trying to get it organized was hard at first,” she said. “People think, ‘Kids are flaky and they probably will give up on it.’ But there were people who really wanted to help.” In her senior year, Garcia stepped up her efforts and approached science teacher Susan Thee and counselor Christine Bruggman, who helped spread the word on campus. Parent Lori McVicker heard of Garcia’s efforts and got the group in touch with Camarillo city officials and RSI Shredding Services Inc., which picks up and shreds documents for businesses. With support from Lipman, the Camarillo High School Recycling Club was formed. The program started small, with Garcia and other student volunteers collecting wastepaper from four classrooms. “Now we’re collecting from seven buildings,” Garcia said.
Senior Stephanie Garcia returns a paper recycling container after the contents were shredded by RSI Shredding Services at Camarillo High School, March 24, 2010. She started the school wide paper-recycling program. PHOTO BY CHUCK KIRMAN, CHUCK KIRMAN / STAR STAFF Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/apr/01/camarillo-teen-launches-paper-recycling-effort/#ixzz0wG8q9qSr- vcstar.com
Classrooms are stocked with a container specifically for paper trash. Volunteer students pick up the trash weekly and put it in jumbo blue bins, which are rolled out to the front of the school every Tuesday for pickup. RSI picks up the trash and shreds it at no charge. “RSI has been really helpful because they know that we are just starting out,” Garcia said. “They got us the free bins and they are picking up the paper for free.” Camarillo High’s Recycling Club has collected 4,460 pounds of wastepaper to date, said RSI CEO Susan Belluschi. That is equivalent to saving 25 trees and 6.69 cubic yards of landfill space, she said. The school receives $20 a ton, which goes toward the Recycling Club, McVicker said. The Recycling Club is hosting a shredding event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 5 at the campus, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd. The public is invited to shred papers at the lower main parking lot with the help of RSI Services. Proceeds from the public shredding event will be given to the club as well, Belluschi said. “There are so many budget problems nowadays, but here we have a situation where you can raise funds without parents having to contribute,” McVicker said. “Students are also learning that they need to start recycling. We don’t even have the whole campus involved yet. Imagine what we can do with thousands of students.”
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An overall annual savings of $8,958.40 for ACHS Recycling Paper! Trash $per ton Avg. Tons per month Paper Recycle Payment $per ton Avg. Tons per month $89.18 30 $20.00 3.3 30 1.91 30 2.22 30 2.53 30 2.84 30 3.15 30 3.46 30 3.77 30 4.08 30 4.39 30 4.7 Total Tons Trash 300 Reduce trash pickup to 4 days per week would save $535.80 monthly Total Tons Recycled 33.05 $5,350 Savings Revenue Trash Service Savings $2,947.40 $ 661.00 $5,350 Annual savings if reduce trash pickup to 4 days per week and continue recycling paper and receiving $20 per each ton of paper recycled. $ 8,958.40