The Southwest Community Education Green Team is made up of more than 60 Southwest High School students. The goal of the Green Team is to promote authentic opportunities for youth leadership and to create self-directed investigation of promotion of environmental issues & concerns. The Green Team has an executive board of 8 members, and the executive board are expected to lead meetings, set up Green Team activities, and also to write grants. All Green Team members are expected to meet the following commitments:
· They are involved in efforts to promote environmental education workshops to the general community and to grade school students
· They have to assist with, at least 3, CE sanctioned community service projects (
· Attend monthly meetings featuring guest speakers dealing with environmental issues of concern.
· Tour at least 1-2 pre-arranged sites of environmental concern
· Coordinate Earth Day special events for Southwest High School.
This fall the Green Team made fleece blankets for the Crisis Nursery Center and toured their facility, they learned how to make solar food drying ovens, made newspaper recycling bins, weatherized windows for SWHS as well as community residents, built a home for Habitat for Humanity, packaged food for Feed my starving children, provided help at the Southwest Community Ed. Family Halloween Party, and toured the Brooklyn Center Recycling Center, and participated in programs involving solar ovens, recycling of hazardous waste, making natural home cleaners and fresheners, and learned how to build/remodel energy efficient homes.
The Green Team is a volunteer group, and it does require a one-school year commitment to remain as an active member of the Green Team. This is an extremely popular group, and it is the largest student group at Southwest, and it is limited to 60 members.
Meetings are held one Monday a month from 6:30-8:00 P.M. in the Southwest Community Education Office.
For more information please contact the advisor Tom Neiman 668-3100 - Tom.Neiman@mpls.k12.mn.us.