BrownBurdick 5th Grade
This team decided to focus on the issue of plastics recycling at their school after learning that only 12% of disposable water bottles are recycled. They researched the issue and discovered that leaving liquids in bottles and the caps on when recycling are two habits that impact the speed at which bottles can be recycled. Through a survey, they found that many students practiced these behaviors. The team created posters and presented on the morning announcements to target these specific issues and event created an exhibit with a 7ft tall water bottle made from recycled bottles with facts about water recycling. Additionally, they wrote a play centered on the project, which they will perform for their school, and sponsored several contests to encourage students to remove the caps from their water bottles before recycling. They have contacted the company that collects their recycled materials and have shared their project with district Green representatives.
Team Green-ergies tackled the issue of energy consumption in their school after learning that the U.S. contributes a quarter of the world’s energy use and produces more than half its power through coal-fired plants. The class created PSAs on things like the importance of turning off classroom lights and powering down digital devices and avoiding the use of automatic door openers. They also formed a Green-ergies Power Patrol, responsible for monitoring the hallways afterschool to make sure all power-saving measures were taken. They determined that their school’s electrical use had decreased by more than 10% from the same time the year before. Their follow-up survey showed that they successfully changed student and staff habits regarding energy consumption.