Client: Whale Branch Elementary
Project Description: This is a volunteer project management case study. When 95% of a student population receives free or reduced lunch, trying to foster a sense of pride and worth in your students can be difficult. They have grown up believing they own nothing of value. But when most of them have a hundred year-old live oak in their backyard, and pristine estuaries all around, they are also wealthy by other standards. Whale Branch Elementary wanted to integrate a greening program to their core curricula.
1) Creation of a Recycling Taskforce formed by the Student Council. They were charged with educating the school on how to recycle, developing a communications campaign and logistics systems for pick up, weighing and disposal, through a weekly data log and competition between halls.
2) America Recycles Day: We joined thousands on this nationwide initiative of Keep America Beautiful. I secured corporate sponsorship from Pepsi and an Official Proclamation by the Mayor and City Council, which doubled as a civics lesson. County Recycling & Waste Management representatives and their mascot visited classrooms educating of the complex issues surrounding recycling. We also planted a Red Oak and Cypress among many other trees on Arbor Day.
3) Green Schools Challenge Award: The recycling campaign not only fostered both environmental and self-awareness, but integrated math and citizenship values, and boosted self-esteem in student leadership, through recognition by the USGBC who awarded the school the Best Project in Elementary School Category Award, for its Green Schools Challenge 2012.