El Paso, TX — Our schools are catching on!
We want to welcome the thousands of new marchers who have joined the Stop Global Warming Virtual March this past week. Earth week brought us more than 10,000 new Virtual Marchers, and the number keeps growing! The site now features a carbon calculator, which you can use to estimate how much carbon you can prevent from entering our atmosphere, as well as how much money you can save by doing so.
Schools around the country are catching on to help stop global warming, and are inspiring others around them to take initiative. The University of Texas at El Paso switched to energy efficient light bulbs this year and expects to save $200,000 annually. The school is also putting it's air conditioners on efficiency timers and expects to save at least $173,000 a year. We challenge every school in the country who wants to help stop global warming to adopt these two simple measures!
The University of Florida at Gainesville has made it a mandate that all new cars purchased for the school fleet be hybrid or fuel efficient, while UC Riverside is considering a school wide campaign including global warming and sustainability into all disciplines. The number of vanpools for faculty and staff has doubled, and students now receive a 50% discount on RTA buses and a 20% discount on Metrolink. There is a strong possibility that students will be able to eventually ride for free.
And at the high school level, 8th grade science teacher Mr. Luna had a very bright idea. After watching an Oprah episode about global warming which featured the new energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, he and his class decided to launch a program to give one CFL to every K-12 student in America. So far, Home Depot has donated 5,500 CFLs, one for every student in Mr. Luna's school district. How about getting your school to join Mr. Luna's campaign?
Stories about what people are doing to help stop global warming are flooding the SGW website and we will continue to share these inspiring stories with all of our virtual marchers. If your school, community, or organization is doing something that we haven't heard about, be sure to send it in. And of course, make sure you spread the word about the Virtual March; invite three friends this week here.