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Oakland High School's EcoMatic interns are the EarthTeam Students of the Month for May 2014. What started as a simple gathering of students interested in helping green Oakland High's campus this past Winter blossomed into much more. EarthTeam interns at Oakland High named themselves "Ecomatic" as a nod to their goal of making ecological thinking automatic among their peers. They quickly got to work collaborating with neighboring EarthTeam student interns at Castlemont high to learn more about their waste system and how to best make changes on campus to influence student behavior and culture.
They went on field trips to the landfill to learn more about the larger systems in which they and their schools work within as well as a trip to Cal Berkeley's dining hall to see how food waste is dealt with on a large UC campus, all the while expanding their ideas to bring back to their campus. Finally, interns headed to the LEAF conference in May to participate in a variety of workshops and link up with other student leaders from throughout the county around sustainability efforts.
We are proud of the Oakland High Ecomatic and look forward to working with you all again next year!
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Environmental Science Academy (ESA) revealed that 87% of lunch time waste in the trash could have been composted or recycled, students took action.After a waste audit conducted by Oakland High's
Working with teachers, custodians and staff from Oakland Unified School District, ESA students helped design and launch a lunch time waste reduction campaign. Building on the district's prior successes in cafeteria waste diversion, students helped set up sorting stations to collect food scraps, recyclables, compostable food trays, and uneaten food.
Oakland High School serves over 1700 students on a closed campus during one lunch period, so outreach and preparation were keys to a successful program launch.
Students from the ESA provided outreach and awareness by creating posters and through peer to peer education. The bulk of the work was led by 10 seniors in ESA with senior porjects focused on waste reduction. In addition to leading the design and outreach campaign, they also volunteered to monitor the bins to help make sure other students were using them correctly.
On April 22, 2013, Earth Day, Oakland High School launched its program. At first, custodians were concerned that students wouldn't use the new stations, but ESA teacher Katie Noonan reports that the first day was a huge success, "[It] was so successful that the custodians turned the extra landfill cans over so they wouldn't be available. At the same time I visited each table and invited students to try out our new recycling station. Since there was no obvious alternative, they did it. This resulted in many fewer trays being abandoned on the lunch tables. The custodians were happy, too."
After just two days, the stations had already diverted over 32 pounds of recyclable bottles and cans and over 160 pounds of compostable trays and food scraps .
Indeed, by the end of the week, the extra trash cans were removed from the cafeteria and custodial staff reported that the students were doing a great job cleaning tables now that the new sorting stations are in place.
On Friday, ESA students organized a courtyard rally to celebrate their successes and encourage others to get involved by singing a rousing rendition of Build a Better Future.
Oakland High's cafeteria features other innovations including a hydration station to refill water bottles. The school also participates in OUSD's initaitve featuring "California Food for California Kids" designed to improve the quality of meals while also reducing environmental impacts associated with transportation.
Congratulations to Oakland High and the Environmental Service Academy!
~ Republished from EarthTeam ~
~ Republished from EarthTeam ~
Congratulations to Katie Noonan for being awarded EarthTeam's Teacher of the Month Award for March of 2011. EarthTeam has worked closely with Katie over the past several years with our Eco-Stewards program and our "Something is In The Air" asthma awareness program.
Katie has been such a phenomenal teacher to work with for EarthTeam staff. Her indomitable spirit, selflessness, and commitment to exceptional educational experiences for her students make her an ideal award winner of Teacher of the Month.
We are particularly impressed by her consummate desire to go beyond the education standards and get her students involved in service learning projects where students can learn by engaging in real-world projectsthat expand upon curriculum learned in the classroom. This is exemplified by her weekly trips to Lake Merrit to study water quality with her students, trips to Costa Rica over the Summer, and her involvement in the Eco-Stewards program.
This year Katie has been bringing out her sophomore biology students and Junior ESA students to help restore Sausal Creek with EarthTeam and Friends of Sausal Creek staff.