St. Mary’s Nobel Lunch and Sustainability Competition
In the month of November, St. Mary’s students were encouraged to consider, “What does sustainability look like at home, school and in the community?” We wanted students to think creatively and assess the global impact of our daily decisions. The Nobel Lunch and Sustainability Competition is an opportunity for students to design an invention or solution that makes their home, school or community more sustainable. Imagine reducing waste, mitigating pollution and cleaning-up our world!
A panel of students and adults served as jurors and selected the top three student projects in the sustainability categories; home, school and community. In-line with the Nobel Prize announcements in Stockholm on Dec. 05, the best designs were shared on Tuesday, 3 November and Nobel Laureates participated in a Nobel Lunch on Thursday, 05 December.
The top sustainable student projects were:
Community: Seventh grader, Evan Tuesta, with his design for a school crosswalk from the busy cross street for students to safely cross with bicycles to the campus.
School: Seventh grader, Grant Kinsey, with his design for lunch programs without genetically modified organisms (GMO's) and courses for students to embrace holiday cooking without GMO's.
Home: Seventh grader, Terrence Jung, with his design for Earth Week and each day is designated for a special earth act sponsored by the school community. For example, Monday students recycle batteries on campus and Tuesday students recycle DVDs, Wednesday students recycle e-wastes, etc.
What we are already doing:
St. Mary’s Lower School is tackling environmental issues with worm bins, edible school yard vegetable boxes and composting food waste at lunch. Like-minded teachers, administrators, parents and students are actively working on Green initiatives to improve the overall health and awareness on campus. For example, re-used cardboard boxes are being decorated and will be distributed to ALL classrooms to increase paper recycling and colored containers have been purchased to help sort waste according to materials.