Student ‘green teams’ shine at Project Green Showcase
Winners of competition to be announced May 13 at A.M. Winn

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Nineteen student-led Green Teams showcased recommendations to make their campuses greener and more sustainable at SCUSD’s third annual Project Green Showcase to celebrate Earth Day held April 22 at Isador Cohen Elementary School.

Teams are competing for $1 million in Measure Q bond money set aside for green school initiatives. Measure Q was approved by Sacramento voters in November of 2012.

At the event, SCUSD also had 50 Growums Garden in a Box kits available for teachers to sign up to receive. The boxes will be delivered along with seed starters to kick off a great garden program.

Additionally, a special guest speaker was in attendance for the Showcase.  John Mandyck, the Chief Sustainability Officer from United Technology Corp. (UTC), was in attendance and talked about the nationwide green schools movement. UTC is the founding sponsor for the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council and also the funding sponsor behind the Center for Green School Fellow, Farah Wissinger, who was placed at SCUSD for a three-year fellowship to develop and manage the Project Green Program.

SCUSD is one of only two school districts in the country to be awarded a fully-funded Green Schools Fellow and with the passing of the 2012 Bond, the District has created a permanent position to continue the work.

Reducing energy costs is one of the goals of Project Green. Under the program, campuses across the district form student “green teams” supported by parents and staff and charged with conducting “green audits” of facilities.

The teams work with district and local professionals to draft recommendations for improvements ranging from the installation of solar tubes to increase daylighting in classrooms to installing water-wise plumbing fixtures.

Students presented their recommendations to a panel of experts representing local non-profits that focus on creating healthy sustainable learning environments at the April 22 event. An Awards Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on May 13 in the A.M. Winn Elementary School multipurpose room to allocate $1 million to implement the student suggested projects.

Schools participating in the 2014 Project Green competition include:

  • A.M. Winn Elementary
  • Bret Harte Elementary
  • Camellia Basic Elementary
  • Crocker/Riverside Elementary
  • David Lubin Elementary
  • Isador Cohen Elementary
  • Matsuyama Elementary
  • Pacific Elementary
  • Phoebe Hearst Elementary
  • Sutterville Elementary
  • Albert Einstein Middle School
  • Caleb Greenwood K-8
  • Kit Carson Middle School
  • American Legion High School
  • C.K. McClatchy High School
  • Luther Burbank High School
  • New Technology High School
  • West Campus High School
  • McClaskey Adult Education Center