Going Green in Concord

December 16, 2007

I was recycling the newspapers tonight (how about that for a politically correct lead) and spotted an article from the 12/6 Concord Journal called “Going Green at Thoreau School” that describes a week-long program designed to increase awareness of recycling, reuse, and waste reduction. It was sponsored by the Thoreauly Green Committee (I love that name!).

The Willard PTG organized a “Litter-Free Lunch” last spring that reduced the amount of trash generated during a Willard lunch by 80+% and led to the donation of china, stainless flatware, and an industrial dish washer. Can you believe that our schools don’t have dish washers? Styrofoam trays and plastic utensils are standard fare and not exactly eco-friendly.

The Concord Education Fund (CEF) is working with the science department at CCHS to design a program to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists who will solve the complex, global issues related to energy, ecology, and the environment.

There must be other cool, creative initiatives to be shared. Can we leverage these to have a bigger impact on our children and our schools?