Apr 25, 201102:25 PMBlog

Maple Valley high school receives national award for 'greening' operations

Apr 25, 2011 - 02:25 PM
Tahoma Senior High School is in the national spotlight for its extraordinary student-led effort to implement green operations at its Maple Valley campus. The school's Green Team received the President's Environmental Youth Award from an EPA official today.

When Cort Hammond started at Tahoma Senior High School, he was surprised that the school did not have an environmental club. He approached school administrators about starting a club and was given the go ahead to form a Green Team in 2008. By the end of the year, the school's garbage output had been decreased from 100 to 60 cubic yards per week. The group has saved the school $24,000 in landfill expenses. In addition, the club has brought recycling, conservation and community involvement to the high school. Other projects include an Adopt-a-Road program, Styrofoam recycling, ecological events, and lunch-room food waste collection.

Since 1971, The President's Environmental Youth Awards program has encouraged individuals, school classes, summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness and positive community involvement.
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