Thursday, May 30, 2013


Putting your computer in sleep mode reduces the amount of power it uses. You can save even more by switching off your monitor.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Today's Energy Insight

I don't know about you but I really like the space saving convenience of plastic zip bags for packing on-the-go lunches and snacks and have not been able to find a suitable alternative... until now.
A couple of Momtrepreneurs have created an awesome product called LunchSkins. Here is what they say about their invention: "Whether you care about our environment, saving money, eating healthy, or looking stylish, LunchSkins are the answer to your plastic baggie blues -- they offer an environmental benefit (reduce landfill waste), a practical benefit (they can be used hundreds of times and save you money over the long run), and a healthy choice (food tastes better in a pastry bag)."
And one of the best things about these re-useable bags, they are dishwasher-safe, how cool is that???

To read more about their story, check out the product or to find out how to purchase LunchSkins on-line, please click here to go to the website.

In Minnesota, LunchSkins can be found at these retailers:

Duluth Kitchen Co., Duluth

Corazon, Minneapolils

The Measuring Cup, Northfield

Counterpoint, Rochester

Kiddywampus, St. Louis Park

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Arbor Day

Traditionally Arbor Day is observed on the last Friday in April. If you recall our weather a few weeks ago, it was not exactly tree planting weather. So why not plant a tree this weekend? Click here to go to the website for the Arbor Day Foundation. There is a wealth of information about trees at this site so please check it out and I bid you a belated Happy Arbor Day!
A blooming cherry tree.

Monday, May 13, 2013

SEE the Energy

Here are some more images of several students in the district having fun and learning with the Human Powered Generator activity earlier this month. The whole process was quite illuminating in more ways than one!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fantastic Fourth Graders

These fourth grade students at the School of Arts and Engineering are busy writing and drawing in their SEA notebooks during the Human Powered Generator activity there last week.  Thanks for being a fantastic and inquisitive audience and for being awesome power generators! Stay tuned for more pictures from the multi-class presentation coming soon.

Fabulous First Graders


Here are just a few of the fabulous first graders at the School of Arts and Engineering. These students got to try out the Human Powered Generator and learn first hand about the difference between powering up a CFL bulb verses an incandescent bulb. What a fun activity and great visual. The girls and boys asked a lot of great questions about energy. Thanks for inviting me into your classrooms at SEA!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Earth Week Every Week

Thank you to the students in Ms. McCarty's and Mr. Neals' classes at Cooper who participate in green activities all year long. These students collect paper to shred and then every two weeks they bring the finished product to the Humane Society for the puppies. The students also have another activity involving reusing and recycling materials, they gather envelope inserts and postcards inserted into magazines. The students sort these by size, insert the cards into envelopes and use these materials in various pre-vocational activities and then shred them. Thanks for doing your part to make the earth a little greener, you are Energy Rock Stars!

Students from rooms 118 and 119 at Cooper High School.