Fourteen student-led Green Teams win funding for water conservation projects

Will C. Wood's teamAlbert Einstein's team

All 14 student-led Green Teams participating in Project Green 2016 were awarded funding for water conservation projects at a ceremony on Tuesday.

Initially, only the teams that scored highest on a Project Green rubric were to be awarded funding. But because some of the schools proposed fairly inexpensive projects — Bret Harte Elementary asked only for mulch and planter boards — the district decided to fund all 14 proposals, said Project Green Specialist Rachel King.

“We’re excited to fund all the projects and the judges were excited, too, because it took a little pressure off them,” King said.

The first-ever Green Apple Award winners were also announced on Tuesday. Garrett Kirkland of Albert Einstein Middle School won Principal of the Year; George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science won Green Team of the Year; Kim Williams of Leonardo da Vinci eK-8 won Teacher of the Year; and Food Literacy won Green Project of the Year.

Under Project Green, campuses across the district form student Green Teams supported by parents and staff and conduct audits of their facilities. The teams work with district and local professionals to draft recommendations for improvements ranging from the installation of solar tubes to increase the amount of natural light in classrooms to installing water-wise plumbing fixtures.

Students present their recommendations to a panel of experts. Judges then evaluate each submission based on their audit, presentation and written report. Schools displaying the highest performance in these areas are awarded funding for their projects.

“Thank you all for your hard work,” King told the principals, teachers, students and parents who attended the ceremony at Leataata Floyd Elementary School. “You’re amazing.”

The 14 schools awarded funding are:

  • AM Winn 
  • Bowling Green McCoy
  • Bret Harte 
  • Caleb Greenwood 
  • Hollywood Park
  • John Sloat
  • Matsuyama
  • Nicholas
  • Pacific
  • Albert Einstein
  • Will C. Wood
  • A. Warren McClaskey Adult Center
  • American Legion
  • West Campus