Green Team

Paddle to Squaxin 2012 Green Team Video

Volunteer for the Paddle to Squaxin Green Team!
The 2012 Paddle to Squaxin Canoe Journey Hosting was a “green” event held in the spirit of sustainability carried forth by gwedzadad – the Teachings of our Ancestors. Volunteers for the Paddle to Squaxin Green Team worked on recycling and composting in collaboration with the Public Works Team.  Some of the jobs on this team had special requirements. For example, some required the ability to lift a certain amount of weight or required protective clothing.

For a more detailed description of the Squaxin Green Team, please see the “Introduction to the Paddle to Squaxin Green Team” section below.

Hours and Location
The Paddle to Squaxin Green Team offered volunteer opportunities in 3 to 4-hour shifts beginning Sunday, July 29 through Sunday, August 5th.  There were several green jobs to choose from. Materials and training were provided.  Volunteers needed to check in at the volunteer site before starting work.

Introduction to the Paddle to Squaxin Green Team

Given the Tribe’s historic and cultural reliance on its natural and traditionally used resources, the Paddle to Squaxin Green Team was committed to upholding the teachings of our ancestors to care for Mother Earth. A tremendous amount of waste was generated with over 12,000 visitors to the Squaxin Island Tribe Reservation as the Squaxin Indian Tribal Community hosted the 2012 Canoe Journey. The Green Team undertook the challenge to plan for low-waste canoe journey events during the last week in July and first week of August when our visitors were celebrating and camping. We respectfully requested the support of all visitors, volunteers, and community members to help us in our efforts to protect the environment, human health, and community welfare during this time.

Paddle to Squaxin Green Team Purpose Statement
The Green Team was a subcommittee of the 2012 Canoe Journey Committee and was formed to support the waste reduction efforts and initiate recycling, research composting options and provide educational opportunities for volunteers and other interested parties during the Tribal Canoe Journey 2012.

Why Low Waste?
To reduce our impact on the planet. We want to protect and care for Mother Earth.

To save money. Solid waste bills can potentially be cut by more then half by recycling and composting.

To promote a positive event. We will uphold examples set by previous hosts and hope to serve as a model for other tribes and communities to reduce waste!

To promote waste reduction. We aim to recycle at all future tribal gatherings and events hosted at Squaxin!

Ways They Helped Protect the Earth
Green Team volunteers were invited to attend a volunteer orientation session.

Following meals they helped us to clean up and dispose of waste in appropriate bins.

They assisted us in modeling care and concern for Mother Earth by picking up any litter found & disposed of it in appropriate bins.

The helped us model care and concern for Mother Earth to our young people by keeping campsites litter free.

They helped us eliminate waste by bringing their own refillable water bottles, reusable food containers, and products with recyclable packaging.

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