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WATER BOTTLE FILLER - NEWSFLASH:

New bottle fillers installed at the high school! Your PTSO has been workingPTSO Branded Water Battle  to improve access to drinking water in the high school. Working with the high school, we've completed the first stage, retrofitting 7 drinking fountains with bottle fillers. Look out next for new units in the cafeteria and field house!

To go with our new bottle fillers, the PTSO is now selling a great new 17oz. double walled stainless steel water bottle guaranteed to keep your water cold and your coffee hot! $12 or $10 with PTSO membership! Look for us Fridays in September at lunch, J-K mods, Soccer Night, PTSO events, and home football games, and help us fund all the projects that matter to your school community!  Textbooks, the Homecoming Dance, security equipment are some of the projects we're working on now! Show your school spirit!

What's so great about our new bottle fillers?-- they not only make water more accessible at the high school drinking fountains, they also help the environment by reducing plastic bottles. Did you know?

  • "According to the Container Recycling Institute, 86 percent plastic of water bottles become trash. Incinerating the used bottles produces toxic byproducts, while those buried in the landfills can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade."
    --http://www.valleywater.org/ EkContent.aspx?id=3048&terms= bottled+water
  • "In 2012, large landfills charged an average of $49.27 per ton, so with the more than 4 billion pounds of plastic bottles ending up in landfills, municipalities are paying at least $98 million a year to dispose of bottled water waste."
    --https://www. foodandwaterwatch.org/sites/ default/files/ Take%20Back%20the%20Tap%20FS% 20July%202013.pdf
  • "The plastic bottles that aren't recycled end up in landfills or find their way into waterways and finally into the oceans, where they pose a long-term threat to marine life."
    --http://sciencing.com/ bottled-water-contributor- global-warming-22693.html
  • "Tap water is, in fact, subjected to more rigorous testing and purity standards than bottled water. According to a four-year study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a third of the bottled water tested contained levels of contamination. A key NRDC finding is that bottled water regulations are inadequate to assure consumers of either purity or safety."
    --http://www.valleywater.org/ EkContent.aspx?id=3048&terms= bottled+water
  • Water Fountain"Buying bottled water is like pouring money down the drain. Bottled water costs from $0.89 per gallon to $8.26 per gallon, compared to fractions of a penny for water from your tap. That makes bottled water thousands of times more expensive than tap water."
    --https://www. foodandwaterwatch.org/about/ live-healthy/tap-water-vs- bottled-water
  • "[Making plastic bottles] releases a host of toxic chemicals, including acetone, methyl ethyl ketone and toluene, into the atmosphere. It also releases greenhouse gases, including sulfur oxides, nitrous oxides and volatile organic compounds. These global warming gases enter the atmosphere whether... the manufacturing process uses recycled or new materials."
    --http://sciencing.com/ bottled-water-contributor- global-warming-22693.html
  • "In 2007, U.S. bottled water consumption had an energy-input equivalent of between 32 and 54 million barrels of oil. Over the course of a year, that amount of energy could fuel anywhere between 1.2 and 2.1 million cars, or an average of 1.6 million cars annually."
    --https://www. foodandwaterwatch.org/sites/ default/files/Take%20Back% 20the%20Tap%20FS%20July% 202013.pdf
  • The Pacific Institute estimates that the total amount of energy embedded in our use of bottled water can be as high as the equivalent of filling a plastic bottle one quarter full with oil.
    --http://pacinst.org/ publication/bottled-water-and- energy-a-fact-sheet/
  • The Pacific Institute estimates that twice as much water is used in the production process. Thus, every liter sold represents three liters of water.
    --http://pacinst.org/ publication/bottled-water-and- energy-a-fact-sheet/
  • According to a study by researchers for the Pacific Institute, the manufacture, production and transportation of bottled water is 1,100 to 2,000 times as energy intensive as the treatment and distribution of tap water.
    --https://www. foodandwaterwatch.org/sites/ default/files/Take%20Back% 20the%20Tap%20FS%20July% 202013.pdf

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 4 at 7pm at Town Hall for a discussion on the 3Rs in the Belmont Public Schools. Representatives from the Alliance will be on hand to talk about what is and isn't being done! Join us.

Co-sponsored by BHS PTSO: Greening Initiatives in the Belmont Public Schools and Lessons from a Neighboring Community: A Free Panel Discussion

Date:  Wednesday, October 4 at

Time : 7 PM

Location: Town Hall, Selectmen's Room

Join members of the Belmont PTA/PTO/PTSO Green Alliance as we share best practices and areas for expansion in recycling and sustainability within the Belmont Public Schools at the next Sustainable Belmont meeting. Learn about what we are currently doing, some new initiatives underway, and what our neighbor, Arlington, is doing in its schools. After the panel presentations, there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Join us in this conversation and ongoing work and share your ideas on ways to make our schools more sustainable.

Back to School for Parents from the Belmont PTA/PTO Green Alliance

As your kids are getting ready to go back to school, the Belmont PTA/PTO Green Alliance needs YOUR HELP in reducing waste in our school cafeterias. The goal of Belmont PTA/PTO Green Alliance is to promote sustainable practices in Belmont Public Schools. We are currently advocating for some of the following: replacing Styrofoam trays with compostable trays (yes, BPS's use approximately 310,000 Styrofoam lunch trays per school year); facilitating organic waste pick up by a commercial composting company; looking at ways to get uneaten/unopened foods to the food insecure in our community; and expanding cafeteria and school-wide recycling.

So that's what WE DO.... Here's what YOU CAN DO...

  1. Please pack lunches in reusable containers instead of Ziplock bags, foils or plastic wrappings.
  2. Please NO disposable, single-use water bottles. Not only will you be doing a huge favor to the environment, but to your wallets too! Check out our new PTSO insulating stainless steel bottles here.
  3. Talk to your kids about cafeteria recycling. Here's WHAT CAN be recycled milk cartons and juice boxes, plastic bottles, and container #1-7, aluminum, tin cans and clean foil and glass bottles and jars. Just a reminder, foam trays, straws and plastic cutlery can't be recycled ever... the less we use the better! And at BPS we fill our trash cans with plastic baggies--literally hundreds--think about a reusable bag or box for things like grapes, chips and pretzels.
  4. Encourage kids to bring back lunch leftovers-- whole fruits or any packaged food item that could be eaten.
  5. Involve your children in preparing and packing lunches.

If you have any questions, please write to us: Amanda Mujica, Belmont Green Alliance chair at amanda@amandamujicadesign.com or Priya Narasimhan, Member of the Wellington Green Team and the Belmont Green Alliance at lpriyas@hotmail.com