Mostly everyone agrees, any way to “go green” is highly encouraged. In her latest blog post, Olivia Crosby shares her experience visiting a entirely “green school” during her study abroad in Indonesia.
The green school was a great experience. This school is a great way to save energy, money and use resources.
As we walked through all the different areas of the green school our tour guy, Chris explained that each little hut was made from bamboo or some recycled item such as old window shields. Along the road we also came across the school kitchen. On the side of the kitchen was a natural stove which was built by the students. The stove was fueled by cow poop! The school itself is also made from bamboo. You can look at this as being a way to save indoor air quality. This is beneficial to help the lives of local people so they can learn to use their resources efficiently.
Another part of this tour that amazed me was the vortex and the garbage collector made by the fifth graders. The vortex was amazing to see because it was built by bamboo and it helped the flow of the water through the whole school. This helps remove toxic materials from places where children learn and play. The kids also go through peek to high school learning about saving the environment as well as getting a good education. This is another way to look at how a different culture can help an environment because Balinese don’t usually recycle and this method is actually well known around Indonesia.
The vortex is also an energy saver. It helps to conserve fresh drinking water and helps manage storm water runoff. Statistics state that green schools use 33 percent less energy and 32 percent less water than constructed schools.One thing I noticed as well is the need to encourage recycling. In each of the bathrooms there were toilet bowls without water. The toilets only were operated to just use tissue.
Lastly, the green school displayed a huge idea to promote habitat protection. Two species of birds by the name of Balinese Sterling and the Mitchell Larky lived around the school. There were six Balinese Starlings and these birds ranged from 5,000 rupiah a piece if caught and sold. The Mitchell Larky are nearly instinct.They had a female and male and the goal was to mate them, however, they were unsuccessful for six months. The green school is developing a way to help save a bird species and involving the kids which is a great idea because they can go to their families and friends and spread the word.
Overall, this experience made me realize how much energy and money can be saved when you use natural resources.