2014 Project Green Event is April 22 at Isador Cohen

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Last year's big winner: CK McClatchy

Twenty-five SCUSD school student-led green teams will compete for $1 million in Measure Q money on April 22 at the 2014 Project Green Event, held this year at Isador Cohen Elementary School.

Started three years ago, Project Green encourages students — in teams with teachers and parents — to learn about sustainable living by conducting green audits of their campuses. 

The audits are then used to craft student recommendations for facility upgrades that will improve energy and water efficiency and make campuses healthier places for students to learn.

At the annual showcase event, teams present their ideas to a panel of community experts that use rubrics to analyze the presentations. Last year, 11 SCUSD schools and McClaskey Adult Center were funded for such projects as solar tubes, new recycling bins, skylights and motion-sensor hand dryers.

The team from C.K. McClatchy High School scored highest for its presentation and report, which included a rationale for upgrading campus bathrooms with low-flow, dual-flush toilets, motion-sensor fixtures and hand dryers. The judging panel made recommendations to allocate up to $150,000 for these projects.