Alameda Unified’s Green Schools Challenge wins award
Alameda Unified’s Green Schools Challenge has earned the California Resource Recovery Association’s “Next Generation” recycler award. The honor was presented to the district’s custodial staff, and faculty and students from Bay Farm Elementary School spoke at the association’s early August conference in Sacramento.
The program, which aims to increase recycling rates at Alameda’s schools from 40 percent to 75 percent, was implemented in 2009 by a partnership between the district, a group of parents and district staff and Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda, with the aid of a three-year, $142,000 grant. Proponents are working toward setting it up in all of the district’s schools.
Bay Farm fifth graders Allison Cho and Connor Tamor and Mackenzie Jordan, who graduated from Bay Farm to middle school this year, talked to conference attendees about their role in making the program work at Bay Farm and the difference the program made in the amount of trash the school produced. Separately, the school also has a group called The Tree Musketeers where students can learn more about the environment and a garden program.
The students were joined at the conference by Bay Farm’s Michele Kuttner and Lorri Garrett and Ruth Abbe, who helped coordinate the Go Green program.
Founded in 1974, the association promotes waste reduction, reuse, recycling, pollution prevention and composting.