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Every Wednesday this summer is Waste Free Wednesday at Courageous Sailing center.  This means that on Wednesday’s students and instructors compete together as a sailing level against the other sailing levels to see who can create the least amount of trash at lunchtime. 

  • One point is given for every reuseable item that students and instructors use or any items they bring and plan to reuse, such as Tupperware, plastic bags, silverware utensils, etc. 
  • One point is also given for anyone who saves any food they do not want to eat at lunch so that they can eat it at another time. 
  • Points are awarded for any recycled items as well. 
  • One point is taken away from each sailing level for each piece of trash that they have or any trash that is left behind after they are finished lunch.  *Taking away points is an important part of Waste FreeWednesday because it allows sailing groups of different sizes to compete against each other and doesn’t just favor larger groups. 
  • Whichever sailing level has the most points at the end of the day wins a waste-free prize: watermelon!

Encouraging students and staff to begin thinking about how much trash they create at just one meal is an important aspect of any environmental program.  Waste Free Wednesdays can be implemented anywhere and are a fun way to learn about reducing trash.  Find out more details about how to start your own waste free program here.

in Green

This week’s theme is Seabird Specialists!  Boston has many seabirds, which our sailing students often see out on the water.  Cormorants, gulls, and terns are among the most frequently noted species.  Though seabirds might not be the most glamorous creatures, they play an important role in the ecosystem and are actually more interesting than they might appear.  For example, Artic Terns, who often stop by Boston Harbor along their annual migration route, have one of the longest migrations (by distance) of any bird- traveling about 25,000 miles each year!

Cormorants are one of the animals that spend the most time in the water around the sailing center and tend to raise the most questions among our sailing students.  These sleek, black birds are some of the fastest and deepest diving birds in the world!  Most commonly, cormorants are spotted sitting on mooring balls and rocks with their wings outstretched because their feathers are not waterproof, unlike other birds whose feathers repel water to keep them warm.  Cormorant’s feathers intentionally absorb water to help weigh them down so they can dive deeper and faster to catch fish. 

Both cormorants and terns inspired this week’s activities.  More information on that coming soon!

in Green