Bloomfield High School
Go Green Student of the Month- February 2010
Erin Jackson knows first-hand how the cycle of sustainability works- she has successfully implemented a composting program in her school that uses 30 pounds of organic waste from the schools cafeteria. From the kitchen right into a composting unit on campus, the resulting soil is used by the Environmental Club in their very own greenhouse to grow vegetables. This all-natural organic produce will then go straight to the table of soup kitchens in the area. It's a perfect example of how we can reduce our waste and carbon footprint with visible- and edible- results! Congratulations, Erin.
Erin's Go Green Essay
Our Earth is plagued by society’s wasteful actions. We consume natural resources at an astonishing rate. As citizens of this planet, it is our civic and moral responsibility to preserve its health for the sake of generations to come.
A majority of environmental issues stem back to the materialistic mindset bred in our society. People have an insatiable appetite to consume. I would like to change the focus away from consuming; toward preserving resources and the environment. We must raise public awareness in order to rid society of its destructive behaviors.
The Environmental Club at Bloomfield High school is taking an initiative. Most recently we focused on composting our cafeteria’s organic waste. Every day the cafeteria produces 20-30 pounds of vegetable scraps. These scraps will biodegrade, becoming rich topsoil to be used to grow vegetables in our new green house. We were able to build the green house last year thanks to a grant we received. Each spring we will plant vegetables in the rich soil. We will be donating the “fruits of our labor” to local soup kitchens. I hope by winning this award, I can spread the message to students of other schools that composting is a simple project that makes a lasting impact on our environment.
I am honored to be recognized by FLCC and Channel 8 for my efforts to “Go Green.” Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me to be earth-friendly and to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering. Environmental issues are constantly at the forefront of my mind. I look forward to make a difference locally and globally. A collective effort will be essential to increased sustainability.
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