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Published by Gloria Lengel on October 31, 2018

        


World Climate SimulationHigh School World Climate Simulation on March 10, 2018

Cumberland County Go GREEN Initiative recently sponsored the World Climate Simulation at FTCC on the second day of the Sustainable Sandhills Clean Energy Summit.  The simulation is provided for students to learn the complexities of our climate change concerns from the viewpoints of many regions throughout the world.  This simulation mirrors the Climate Talks that have occurred in the past years, most recently in Paris and this past year in Morocco.  The goal of the talks was to decrease CO2 levels to within 2 degrees of where it stands today.  Only one variable was discussed and that was afforestation (losing forests) and reforestation (planting forests).  Countries also had to contribute or request monies to make their goals.

Six Regions were represented from developed and developing countries; categorized by countries with economic forums and those without.  Students proposed initial limits and time frames to decrease afforestation and increase reforestation.  The degree count after the proposals were presented showed a decrease within 2.3 degrees of the goal. The biggest impact on countries proposals was seen after the first presentation.  As the scenario played out students began to see the disparity between countries in terms of wealth and resources as well as the willingness to budge either way.  Once all the cards were laid on the table, students then went to negotiate directly with other countries.   Negotiations brought representatives face to face with the realization that the perceptions of other countries were not always in line with their own interests. 

During this time outside groups allowed access to the nations and their constituents; these were the environmental advocacy groups and the fossil fuel industry lobbyists.  Altogether the mix became very animated as negotiations proceeded.  Each outside lobbyist creating a bit of drama to pressure the various nations.  As the last proposals were offered up, it became obvious that more work needed to be done as they didn’t make the 2 degrees decrease.  The final count was 2.1 degrees.

The simulation was chaired by Jonathan Frantz Social Studies Curriculum Specialist.  He played the UN Secretary General and moderated the proceedings.  The Climate Scientist who unraveled the science for the participants was Science Curriculum Specialist Scott Grumelot.  Both gentlemen were exceptionally helpful and gave a lot of great information as to the decorum and rules of the simulation guiding students, flawlessly.  They also served to help students decompress from the experience.  Students were very positive and pretty cognizant of the realities illustrated during the simulation.

 

Six Regions for the World Climate Simulation

Climate interactive tools

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Published by Gloria Lengel on February 14, 2018

        


Guidelines: 2016-2017 Energy Conservation and Action Poster Art and Slogan Contest

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 Winners!

High School Winners


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Published by Gloria Lengel on September 14, 2017

        


Two street signs that read policy and procedure.The Cumberland County School Board recognizes that embedded in our commitment to provide an excellent academic experience for all students is the responsibility of the school community to be stewards of the environment, appreciating and understanding the flow of resources that sustain us, and ways in which we can minimize the impact of our activities on our environment. Supporting environmentally “Green” initiatives and creating a culture of sustainability afford us opportunities to achieve integration among North Carolina’s curriculum, values, and education mission. In addition, these practices foster sound financial management decisions. Policy Code: 6530 Resource Conservation

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Published by Gloria Lengel on July 23, 2017

        


Green street signs that read Policy and ProcedureRegulations related to Waste Reduction and Recycling and Energy and Water Conservation meet the objectives of the Cumberland County Schools Go “Green” Initiative action plan and are supported and validated through our partnership with Sustainable Sandhills. Policy Code: 6530-R Resource Conservation

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Published by Gloria Lengel on July 17, 2017

        


Photo of the Invitation for Schools to Earth DaySponsored by Cumberland County Go Green Initiative, Sustainable Sandhills
Hosted by Cape Fear Botanical Garden

The public is cordially invited to join the Celebration on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 25 from 2-5 pm.  
Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s Entry fees have been waived for this event. 

 


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Published by Gloria Lengel on May 29, 2017

        


Energy Conservation Poster Art and Slogan Contest: Be an Energy Conservation Hero!

Hello!
October is Energy Conservation and Action Month.  In honor of this, we are offering a wonderful opportunity for students to show off their skills and earn bragging rights (and cash) by creating poster art and slogans for conserving energy.   This contest is open to all students, students with Art in their Heart, environmentally aware students, and any student who loves art and conserving energy, and all Cumberland County students’ kindergarten to 12th.  

Please create original artwork (not popular or copyrighted characters) All art should demonstrate the theme and express an artistic slogan related to energy conservation and action.  Note the resource information at the end of this form, for students to research energy conservation and what they can do toward this worthy cause. 

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Published by Gloria Lengel on May 15, 2017

        


GO GREEN NEWSOur newsletters are chocked full of great links and resources for Going Green at your school.

 


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Published by Gloria Lengel on March 29, 2017

        


Image of Documentary: Addicted to PlasticMust See Environmental Films of our partner Sustainable Sandhills and the  2017 Environmental Film Festival.

 

 

 


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Published by Gloria Lengel on March 29, 2017

        


 

 

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Published by Gloria Lengel on March 16, 2017

        


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