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Phoenix students check on sustainability of local businesses

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Greetings from the sustainable students from Phoenix School — Tristan, Alyssa, Colin, and Teighan!


We are part of the St. James–Assiniboia School Division’s Youth Forum on sustainability and social justice. 

As part of an enrichment project at school, we worked together to write a letter and

emailed it out to Headingley businesses asking them for information about what kinds of environmentally sustainable activities they participate in or promote in their place of business.


We polled 17 Headingley businesses and seven replied. We are proud of the responses we received from Taillieu Construction, Headingley Chiropractic, Starbuck Credit Union, West Perimeter Auto, Bright Beginnings Educare, Shelmerdine, and Morrison Custom Homes.


The goal of the project was to find out and share all the wonderful sustainable development activities that are taking place in the community of Headingley.


To get the businesses started, we included a list of eco-friendly activities that the students and staff at Phoenix School are involved in, such as recycling paper, juice boxes, pizza boxes from hot lunch, milk cartons, water bottles, and composting items like fruit and vegetable peels, pits and cores, as well as pencil shavings, paper towels, napkins, coffee grounds, and tea bags.
Other activities include reducing the use of lights, turning off computers when they aren’t in use, posting the newsletters online and communicating through classroom websites and blogs.


The highest number of businesses recycled paper, plastics and metals, and most turned off lights and equipment when not in use and properly disposed of hazardous liquids and electronics.  About half made an effort to communicate electronically and cut down on paper use. A smaller number used earth-friendly materials and high-efficiency equipment and electronics. Just one business said they actively compost.


We are extremely proud of the initiatives taken by the businesses in Headingley that responded to our questionnaire. Among seven businesses, we discovered 40 different ways that they help protect our Earth.  It truly shows "the power of one."


The Phoenix School teachers involved were Scott Mikkelson (Grade 5) and Heather Adams (Grade 4).

Source: Phoenix School

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