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PEP plants for pollinators

PEP plants for pollinators

Elizabeth Trevathan, RubicOnline Editor

May 8, 2019

People for Environmental Protection planted a pollinator garden on May 7, with the help of student volunteers.

PEP pulls invasive species by the Mississippi

PEP pulls invasive species by the Mississippi

Emma Sampson, RubicOnline Editor

November 13, 2018

The PEP student club travelled to Crosby Farm last week to pull invasive species.

STAFF EDITORIAL: Step toward a brighter future with green choices

STAFF EDITORIAL: Step toward a brighter future with green choices

The Rubicon Staff, Editorial

September 28, 2017

SPA students need to recognize their role in climate change and take part in helping the environment.

PEP’s service field trip aims to spread awareness and inspire

PEP’s service field trip aims to spread awareness and inspire

Nitya Thakkar, RubicOnline Editor

September 19, 2017

The student group People for Environmental Protection planned a service field trip Sept. 19 to clean up invasive species.

PEP pollinator garden aims to spread awareness of declining bee population

PEP pollinator garden aims to spread awareness of declining bee population

Emily Thissen, RubicOnline Editor

April 27, 2017

PEP is aiming to spread community awareness of the declining bee population by putting in a pollination garden.

PEP invites chief mentor of iMatter Larry Kraft to discuss global warming

PEP invites chief mentor of iMatter Larry Kraft to discuss global warming

Stephanie Li, Photo Story Editor

January 30, 2017

On Jan. 26, the student group PEP invited Chief Mentor of iMatter, Larry Kraft, to talk about combating climate change at a local level.

New students check out what Thursdays have to offer at Clubs Fair

New students check out what Thursdays have to offer at Clubs Fair

Lauren Boettcher, Social Media Manager

September 16, 2016

The clubs fair is put on in the gymnasium every year and is an opportunity for freshman to try student groups.

PEP hopes new initiatives attract members for upcoming year

PEP hopes new initiatives attract members for upcoming year

Emily Thissen, News Editor

May 1, 2016

Thursday group PEP hopes to attract new members for the 2016-17 school year.

Want to make DIY Soap? PEP shows you how

Want to make DIY Soap?  PEP shows you how

Gitanjali Raman, Social Media Editor

December 18, 2014

Many of the soaps that people use on a daily basis include a compound called triclosan. “It is an antibacterial component,” People for Environmental Protection advisor Mallory Schmidt said. Triclosan is found in many soaps, detergents, toothpastes, shampoos, and mouth washes...When triclosan is washed down the drain it goes to the wastewater treatment plant. At the plant the water is processed with ultraviolet light, the ultraviolet light breaks down DNA and kills the bacteria. This is where the problem is: “it breaks breaks down the triclosan into dioxin,” Schmidt said.

People for Environmental Protection spreads “green” awareness, practices

People for Environmental Protection spreads “green” awareness, practices

Emily Thissen, Sports Editor

December 18, 2014

Climate change, climate change, climate change. Everyone has heard about the negative impact that humans are having on our earth, so the United States, Minnesota, and especially St. Paul Academy and Summit School take those warnings to heart.

PEP fights pollution with flowers

PEP fights pollution with flowers

Javier Whitaker-Castaneda, Staff Writer

October 29, 2013

Minnesotans know that as October ends, winter lurks close by and with it many months of rain and snow. These damp and soggy conditions that go hand in hand with Minnesota weather can lead to excessive water runoff that flows directly into our lakes. St. Paul Academy and Summit School’s student group...

People for Environmental Protection uses humorous signs to raise awareness around school

People for Environmental Protection uses humorous signs to raise awareness around school

Katrina Hilton, Co-Sports Editor

October 16, 2013

The People for Environmental Protection (PEP) student group came up with a humorous way to get their message across. Last week, the group posted small, handwritten signs on the paper towel dispensers of various bathrooms around the school, reading “think of the trees as you wipe your hands on their...