San Carlos Charter Learning Center
The Longest Running Charter School in America
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Green Team

CLC gets Green Certified

The Green Team has a new gallery of photos on Smugmug. Please visit to view or add any new photos that are CLC and Green-related.

The Green Team also has a new school composting video you can watch on YouTube. Enjoy!

Your CLC green team is working hard at helping CLC become a green certified business. Please go to to see what's involved in this endeavor and to see which local businesses are already designated as certified green businesses.

Scroll down for some pictures and information about Green activities at SCCLC.

Touring a Recyclery

Thirty 4th-8th graders toured a state of the art recyclery in San Francisco to learn about where our waste goes. The second picture shows an artist and his work that he made from "stuff" he found at the recyclery and produced at the on- grounds art studio.

Live Green Challenge

CLC participated in the Live Green Challenge. This was a district-wide activity which encouraged families to take specific steps to green their homes.

Raising Money through Recycling

A dad collecting bottles and cans every Friday at curbside drop-off to redeem into money for our school. Thank you, Vladamir!
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SCCLC is committed to reducing, re-using and recycling.

As part of that effort, we suggest the following options as reusable lunch solutions.
For more information or questions, contact: Lola Tanouye ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Lunch Containers:

Laptop Lunches (Santa Cruz)

  • Enter SCCLC as the discount code for 10% off.
  • Our unique bento sets are made of high-quality materials, and they are built to last well beyond one school year.
  • Laptop Lunch bento sets are manufactured in California.
  • At Obentec, Inc. we are extremely concerned about toxins in our food and in the environment. Thus we take great care to ensure that we use the safest materials available. For this reason we manufacture our lunch containers here in California using plastics (polypropylene and polyethylene) that are FDA-approved for food use. We do not use any binding agents or plasticizers in the process. We do not use any materials that are suspected carcinogens or endocrine disrupters.
  • Lunchbots

    SCCLC receives a portion of the proceeds if you fill out the attached order form and place it in the Sophia Wolczko family folder with a check to "SCCLC".


  • Our current "Made in USA" wraps are made with a lining of LDPE (Low-density polyethylene) #4 Resin Code.
  • The material is manufactured to meet all FDA's guidelines to be in contact with food.
  • Phthalate free
  • Lead free
  • BPA free
  • Stainless steel hot/cold food containers

  • Great in cold weather!
  • SCCLC receives a portion of the proceeds if you use this Amazon link thru our website.
  • Learners Recycling at Lunchtime

    Our kids know where to put their compost, plastic and trash at mealtimes.
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    Water Bottles:

    Klean Canteen

    Sigg Bottles

    Klean Canteen & Sigg can also be purchased locally at Whole Foods, REI or Redwood Trading post.

    Educators go Green too!

    Our PE teacher, Marty, setting a good example for protecting our environment.
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    The Truth About Plastics:   By Hemmert and Tammy Pelstring

    Plastics have become an integral part of our everyday lives. They're unbreakable, light weight, colorful, inexpensive, and easy to mold. But recent studies have shown that some plastics may cause adverse health effects, especially to children whose small bodies are still developing. While much of the evidence concerning plastics and food is still inconclusive, we'd like to provide you with some guidelines for using plastics safely.

    CHOOSE FOOD GRADE PLASTICS. Choose food and drink containers that have been FDA-approved for food use. Plastic items not intended for contact with food might contain harmful materials. (Our plastics have all been FDA-approved for food use.)
    CLEAN CONTAINERS THOROUGHLY. Thorough cleaning between uses prevents bacteria from growing.
    MICROWAVE RESPONSIBLY. Never heat food in plastic containers not intended for food use. If you microwave in plastics, make sure the containers are FDA-approved for microwave use. Choose polyethylene or polypropylene, which do not contain plasticizers. Do not microwave in polystyrene (Styrofoam), single-use plastic containers, or plastic wrap.
    STORE FOOD SAFELY. Let food cool completely and then immediately store it in the refrigerator. Pack hot foods and drinks in vacuum lunch jars and flasks.
    PURCHASE THE SAFEST PLASTICS AVAILABLE. Plastics can be identified by their recycle codes 1-7. The following is a summary of what we know about plastic safety and recyclability:
    #5 - Polypropylene (PP) has no known adverse health effects. (All plastic Laptop Lunch containers are made of high quality PP.)
    #2 - High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) has no known adverse health effects.
    #4 - Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) has no known adverse health effects.
    #3 - Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) often contains plasticizers which are added for flexibility. PVC contains phthalates and other suspected endocrine disrupters. PVC is used in many products including plastic wrap, bottles, and children's toys. Some PVC contains lead. PVC is difficult to recycle because of its high chlorine content and high levels of toxic additives. Separation and collection costs are high, material quality is greatly reduced after recycling, and the demand for virgin PVC remains high compared to the recycled material.
    #6 - Polystyrene (Styrofoam) contains suspected carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals. Consuming fatty foods or alcoholic drinks from these containers is not recommended. Polystyrene is generally not recyclable.
    #7 - Polycarbonate (PC) contains Bisphenol-A, a known hormone disruptor. It can damage reproductive organs and have adverse effects on breast tissue and prostate development. PC, or lexan, is used in some Nalgene brand water bottles (the hard colorful ones), some baby bottles, and in the lining of some aluminum cans. It is also found in dental fillings and sealants, including some used to prevent tooth decay in children.
    #1 - Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE or PET) is used mostly in single-use drink bottles--like those containing water, soda, and juice. These bottles are not intended for re-use and should not be stored for long periods of time or exposed to heat. While these bottles are highly recyclable, in reality few actually make it to the recycling center. According to the Container Recycling Institute, in fact, 50 billion single-use plastic bottles are used annually, but only 10 billion are recycled. The other 40 billion end up in landfills, incinerators or as roadside litter. Please make the switch to a reusable bottle.

    Green Gifting

    A 3rd grade student selling reusable gift wrap bags at the rummage sale to earn extra money for our school.
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    Parents go Green too!

    A mom's way of getting her kids to school without using any gas.
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    Re-use and Fundraising

    Our rummage sale team did an amazing job of being green. Not only did the rummage sale keep thousands of used items our of our landfill, but everything that was leftover after the sale was creatively used. For example, metal hangers went to dry cleaners, nicer clothing went to Wardrobe for Opportunity, leftover costume jewelry went to Project Warm Heart, pet supplies went to the Humane Society, warm clothing and blankets went to a charity that helps families in Afghanistan, some books went to the library and others went to a CLC library book sale, children's clothing was donated to the San Mateo Shelter Network and newborn clothing was given to a local hospital that works with low income parents.

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    These merchants donate a percentage of sales to SCCLC:
    Clicking here first ensures CLC gets a share of revenue.
    Unique CLC logo merchandise.
    Share pictures here and buy prints.
    Order online and CLC gets some revenue.
    Travelocity & SchoolPAX
    Book trips online and CLC gets some revenue.

    More about fundraising.