TPS held its inaugural Green & Healthy Student Ambassadors meeting today. Ten 4th and 5th grade students have signed up to be ambassadors. Thank you to Michelle Niedermeier for spearheading this program and to the several other parents, as well as staff members, who attending the meeting.
Students were asked to become "Green & Healthy Ambassadors" as it relates to waste and consumption. They discussed ways that they can take on this task, such as complimenting students when they put items in the correct receptacles, monitoring the receptacles in their classrooms at lunchtime to guide proper resource recovery, and talking to other classes about what goes where, etc. Students were also asked to think about waste and consumption at TPS and then to share their ideas on how we can better reduce consumption and increase proper composting/recycling.
We will be using the National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools program. To tie the program into other current green and healthy initiatives at TPS, we will be starting with the "waste & consumption" pathway to sustainability (we'll probably do "energy" second, especially because it is required of all schools applying for awards!)
The Eco-School program provides national certification and awards!