Current YES! Teams


2016-2017 YES! Teams

We are excited to see what these YES! teams will accomplish this school year!  If you want to join this great network of YES! teams for the 2016-2017 season, contact us at sayyes@youthenergysummit.org!

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ACGC

Newly completed tree trench at ACGC

  • Have completed their tree trench project from 2015-16 and will plant shrubbery in the spring.  This project was part of a $25,000 grant the team received through the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District for a tree trench and permeable paver storm drain piping project at their elementary school.
  • Collected holiday lights for recycling.
  • Collected over 130 lbs. of shoes for WorldWear fundraiser.
  • Planning an Arbor Day climate change education and tree trench dedication event.
  • Replacing parking lot lights with LED
  • Planning to replace paper towels in the bathrooms to hand dryers.
Belle Plaine
  • They’re a new team!
  • Inaugural night hike to gain appreciation for creatures and nature at night
  • Organizing a sleep out to raise awareness of homelessness in winter
  • Assisting Ney Nature Center with hands-on improvements
Carlton
  • Recycling education, recycling program expansion, school garden
Cherry (Iron)
  • Designing an electric go-kart.  You can find out more information about that project here.
Discovery Middle School (Alexandria)
  • New team!
  • Getting a project ready to go.
Discovery Woods Montessori (Brainerd)
  • Learning how to teach water conservation to younger students in the school and will provide tips on how to conserve water at school and at home.
Forest Lake
  • They’re a new team!
  • Focusing heavily on waste reduction this year through education, recycling, and reducing plastic utensil use in the cafeteria.
  • Recycling holiday lights.
  • Growing plants in milk cartons to give away at their Earth Day table.
  • Having games and prizes at a lunch table for Earth Day to educate fellow students while having fun.
  • Expanding the school recycling program to include 4 large bins in common areas and 48 more small blue bins for classrooms.
Glencoe-Silver Lake
Hutchinson
  • Building a tiny house with off grid capabilities (i.e. solar panels) that will be up for sale in January!
  • Building a solar boat to compete with in the 25th Annual MRES Solar Boat Regatta.
Lac qui Parle Valley
  • Helped their watershed district create charts and graphs of water quality from previous years.
  • Successfully planted and harvested in their green house.
  • Collected holiday lights for recycling.
  • Working on a device to collect rain/snow from their greenhouse roof to use for watering plants to save money.
  • Collecting shoes for WorldWear fundraiser.
Mankato West
  • Finalizing a composting education video for area elementary schools.
  • Working to reduce waste in elementary schools in their region.
  • Creating an automatically updating website to display data from the school’s energy monitoring system
  • Preparing for additional hydration station implementation
Melrose
  • Building bat boxes to put in their community and raise awareness of declining populations of Northern Long-Eared bats due to White Nose Syndrome.
  • Distributing new light bulbs.
  • Examining the use of power in their classroom lighting.
  • Continuing to recycle in their school.
Minnesota New Country School
  • Educating the elementary students with Xcel Energy kits
  • Collecting data to determine how much waste the school is generating
  • Will be creating an education program to impact and reduce their waste
  • Working on a recycling program and building a greenhouse for our elementary school
New London-Spicer
  • Worked to reduce food waste in their school by meeting with the school nutritionist for new meal taste testing.
  • Successfully planted and harvested in their green house.
  • Planting apple trees in the spring
  • Completed a vitality week which included awareness days for water, recycling, local foods, and ending with trivia.
  • Constructed bat houses as an integrated pest management program.
  • Planning to construct an outdoor education teaching dock.
New Prague ALC
  • They’re a new team!
  • Working on energy conservation in New Prague schools by installing reminders to turn off lights when not in use.
  • Raising funds for a rain garden by making and selling candles.
  • Establishing a rooftop garden by building and placing garden boxes on the roof of the high school.
  • Selling hot chocolate and seed bombs
  • Researching where their recyclables go
  • Recycling pop cans for money
  • Creating and distributing informational pages around their school
  • Facilitating a shoe drive to be both donated and recycled depending on their condition
  • Looking into replacing disposable silverware and installing milk dispensers in the high school cafeteria
  • Collecting old cell phones
  • Researching recycling categories to implement a common recycling station along with an informative slideshow
  • Researching feasibility of a simple compost bin at their school
New Ulm Middle School
  • They’re a new team!
  • Thinking heavily about food waste at their school.  They’re looking into having a ‘share’ table at lunch where unwanted fruits like apples, bananas, grapes, and oranges can serve another purpose.
  • Want to raise awareness of how much recycling currently happens in their school and what they can do to improve recycling rates.
  • Have found that 27 rooms want bigger recycling bins, and they are working to secure larger bins for each classroom.
  • Researching and setting up worm bins to create an alternative destination for food waste.
Northeast Range (Babbitt)
  • Planning several environmental education activities to present to area elementary schools.
Northern Lights Community School (Warba)
  • Water education for younger students, school garden
North Woods
  • They’re a new team!
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  • Collecting recycling for the middle and high school on a weekly basis.
  • Planning to install another hydration station closer to their gym.
Royalton
  • Helped influence the interest in adding in STEM designated teaching facility at their school.
  • Creating green classrooms within their school through recycling and energy improvements.
Sartell- St. Stephen Middle School
  • Developing a water quality curriculum they will use to teach younger students.
Sleepy Eye (Public and St. Mary’s)
  • Monitoring the staff appliances in the school district using Kill-o-watt meters to determine a fair cost per appliance based on energy use.
  • Educating staff and administration about energy consumption of various appliances.
  • Recycling holiday lights.
  • Working to reduce and eventually eliminate styrofoam use in the cafeteria
  • Organizing a movie and pizza night with the showing of Leonardo DeCaprio’s recent documentary
  • Participating in the high school paper recycling pickup
  • Entering B3 benchmarking data and determining which buildings need assistance with reducing resource waste
  • Recycling shoes through World Wear
  • Utilizing TerraCycle to recycle items that aren’t accepted into their current recycling system
  • Providing education using an energy trailer from Get Into Energy for Earth Day
  • Visiting classrooms to educate students using energy kits for Earth Day
  • Selling dirt cups and solar power made popcorn for Earth Day
  • Creating pollinator gardens as landscaping at the new convention center
Springfield
  • Recycling holiday lights.
  • Conducting a pop tab drive and will be donating all pop tabs collected to the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Looking to install milk dispensers at their school
  • Adding recycling bins to each classroom and made an educational video to be shown to the school on using them properly. Signs will also be made to insure proper use.
  • Creating a short video to show the school on electricity.
  • Facilitating a 5K Fun Run with a trail that winds along past YES! projects and informational signage. Proceeds from this run will go to water.org.
St. Cloud North Junior High
Virginia
  • They’re a new team!
  • Interested in restoring shoreline of Silver Lake.
  • Interested in starting a composting program in their lunchroom.
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  • Hosted a volunteer day in their community where they raked leaves.  Read more about that here.
  • Looking into giving presentations to elementary students about water use and conservation.
  • Continuing their solar pop can heater project from 2015-16 and are testing different colors of paint to see which is more effective.
  • Researching how to run a diesel engine on vegetable oil.
  • Working on creating a recycling depot where members of their community can recycle plastic bags, aluminum cans, and oil.
  • Meeting with local service organizations to see what need the community has for sustainable projects
  • Expanding pop tab collection into their community. There is currently 5-6 sites in the school and students will place 5 more in the community at local businesses.
  • Inheriting the city’s can recycling to expand their existing oil and plastic bag recycling station
  • Conducting tire pressure checks on teachers’ cars and leave a not indicating the environmental impact and gas wasted from improperly inflated tires.
Wrenshall
  • They’re a new team!
  • Providing labor to construct a recycling center that will serve over 500 rural residents in Carlton County.
Yellow Medicine East

Green house construction at YME

  • Planning on transferring crops from the LED green house at their school to the lunchroom.
  • Planning to adopt a storm drain.
  • Looking to install another hydration station in their gym.
  • Researching composting with worms from agriculture classes.
  • Collecting shoes for WorldWear fundraiser.

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