It’s Easy To Be Green! County Green Team Promotes Environmental Sustainability

Chamisa Elementary School fifth graders Kylie Lavarez and Ella Miranda discuss the Chamisa Eco-Green Evolution program with the public along with fourth grade teacher Megan Lee, right, Tuesday afternoon at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. They participated in the County Green Team’s informational event, which brought together local organizations and County departments to educate the public on how to be environmentally sustainable. Lee explained Chamisa Elementary won the County’s Business Recycler of the Year award; in part because of its lunchtime recycling program. The school also initiated a waste free lunch program with daily and weekly challenges. The school collobarated with the Los Alamos Co-op and the County. Lee said students are working on a video about the waste free lunch program to be aired at the Reel Deal Theatre. The video is being funded by a grant awarded to the County. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Members of the Los Alamos County Green Team hosted an informational event Tuesday afternoon at the Municipal Building. From left, Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor Jennifer Baca, Environmental Services Division Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda, Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, Public Works Associate Engineer Robert Martinez, Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule and Community Services Management Analyst Kirsten Bell. The team promotes sustainability and recycling in the workplace. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Environmental Services Division Senior Office Specialist Joshua Levings hosts a booth Tuesday during the Green Team event. The long chain of plastic, disposable water bottles is an example of what is thrown away every second. Levings said there are 1,500 plastic bottles in the chain. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Public Works employees Chris Sena, left, and Pete Mondragon host a table Tuesday at the Green Team event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Jennifer Baca and staff member Tyler Randolph mingle with the public during the Green Team event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Sue Barns of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center hosts a booth at the Green Team event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Atomic City Transit staff members Annet Acomb, left, and Nanette Delatorre host a booth during the Green Team event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos County Golf Course Supervisor Matthew Allen hosts a booth during the Green Team event. At his booth was information on the golf course’s efforts to take out areas of irrigated turf and replace it with native plants and grasses. Allen explained the hope is to make the golf course more sustainable and enhance its aesthetics. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Carlos Valdez with the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Office offers information to homeowners and government entities Tuesday about using water conservation methods in landscaping during the event. He also provides individual constulting to assess properties. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Emma Cohen with Los Alamos National Laboratory’s pollution prevention hosts a booth Tuesday during the event. She said her booth addresses single use plastic bottles and advocates for using other containers for water. Cohen pointed out single use water bottles are costly, are made of nonrenewable materials and most likely will end up in a landfill. The goal, she said, is to influence people to make small changes. ‘It starts with smaller actions that lead to bigger changes,’ she said. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

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