Helping the environment starts in the ‘EcoHouse’
by Andrew Pavia
Nov 20, 2012 | 398 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Community Environmental Center tour guide shows students ways to make their homes environmentally friendly.
A Community Environmental Center tour guide shows students ways to make their homes environmentally friendly.
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Hurricane Sandy isn't the only one teaching lessons about environmentally conscious behavior, at least not for the students at Middle School 50 in Williamsburg.

Last week, the school welcomed a community environmental center, known as the EcoHouse, to its schoolyard.

The EcoHouse is a mobile exhibition that teaches the importance of environmental conservation. It is run by the Community Environmental Center, which shows visitors how they can make their home or business “greener.”

The EcoHouse has a mock shower, a toilet bowl and insulation behind glass to demonstrate products that are environmentally friendly.

On Friday, November 16, students from MS 50 toured the house, which will be at the school until December 17. One of the tour guides showed the children the differences in light bulbs and how important an energy efficient light bulb is for the environment.

The EcoHouse is open to the public on weekends.

Denise Jamison, principal of MS 50, said that she was happy to give the EcoHouse a home. Recently, her school faced possible closure and is now on the forefront of teaching environmentally conscious behavior to her students.

On Friday, Richard Cherry, president and CEO of Community Environmental Center, said that this is the perfect time for students and the community to get involved. With Hurricane Sandy fresh in the minds of all New Yorkers, Cherry said it lets people know, “there really is climate change.”

“The buildings in New York City and the houses we live in contribute tremendously to climate change,” he said. “We have to change the way we live.”

Councilmember Diana Reyna was also on hand to take a tour of the facility. She spoke about how important it is for not only students, but every member of the community, to get involved with making their homes and businesses greener.
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