Hibbard Sisters Take JSerra to a Green Level

Katie & AndyTwo sisters on a mission for more than six years have finally found success that helps the school and the environment.

Kirsty ’11 and Katie Hibbard have contributed years of service to the school by starting the Environmentality Club. Kirsty started the club at JSerra in 2007.  Ever since then, the Hibbard sisters have worked to rid the campus of Styrofoam products.  This year, the Bistro has gotten rid of most of the Styrofoam products and replaced them with biodegradable ones.  This is a huge step in the right direction of being an environmentally conscious campus.

“On behalf of the Environmentality Club, all the students and faculty, we would like to thank Andy Lord and all his bistro staff for the continued excellent food and for getting Styrofoam off our campus,” said Katie.  “As some of us are not aware, at least ¾ of the oceans garbage is Styrofoam, and now we know at least our JSerra community won’t be adding to it.”

Bring your own water bottle or purchase the JSerra Lion Mug through the Lions Corner, and receive free water in the Bistro.  If you bought water everyday from the bistro, you would spend about $30 per month.  That is the equivalent of 10 slurpees you can purchase from the 7/11. So save yourself some money by bringing your own water bottle or purchasing the JSerra mug for only $10.  Plus, you’re saving the environment from all that plastic.

JSerra Students Ban the Bag

By Madi Swayne for the San Clemente Times

JSerra students Katie & Kristy Hibbard traveled to Sacramento to support the effort to ban the use of plastic bags nationally. The following is from a story by the SC Times:

“This past summer, Assemblywoman Julia Brownley authored a bill proposing a statewide ban of single-use plastic bags to alleviate plastic pollution. When the bill, AB 1998, failed in Senate by only a few votes, many environmental groups, employees and businesses were saddened by the loss, but vowed not to give up feeling they had the momentum to continue.

On Monday, November 29, Green Cities California (GCC) a coalition of 13 top environmentally friendly cities, joined together in a press conference on the western steps of the California State Capitol. Members of the GCC along with the Clean Seas Coalition spoke, “To promote a statewide strategy of local governments adopting a uniform single use bag ordinance that is based on AB 1998.”

Members of Green Cities California include Berkeley, Hayward, Los Angeles, Marin County, Oakland, Pasadena, Richmond, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica. Representatives from each of these cities were in attendance along with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and my group of youth leaders from the South Orange County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Kirsty Hibbard (JSerra Catholic High School), Katie Hibbard (JSerra Catholic High School), Lulu Erkeneff (Dana Hills High School) and I, Madi Swayne (San Clemente High School), all traveled to Sacramento to restate our support for a statewide plastic bag ban.”

Read more on the San Clemente Times website.