McGraw Junior/Senior High School was one of just six statewide awarded in the latest round of the state’s “Green Schools” grant program.
Their $500 award will go towards the construction of a bin to start a new composting program for 6-12 graders. They will also buy a special bin to collect waste for Terracycle, a company that reuses and recycles non-traditional materials
Theresa Evans, chair of the NYSAR 3 Green Schools grant program:
“We had a nice mix of interesting applications submitted from schools across New York state this round, with a total of $2,726 going to the six winners. We had 26 applications this year. It was a record number of submissions, but made the selection process very difficult.”
Led by the high school’s environmental club members and advisor, the program’s creation has been guided with expertise from Syracuse University’s Center for Sustainable Community Solutions, with help from the school’s head of maintenance and its shop teacher on the system to best fit its needs and how to implement it.
The school district is also working on offering agricultural courses to its high school students.
Some of its teachers have already said they see potential in incorporating the composting program into their curriculum. The club will conduct a food audit this month and measure the food composted to better track results.
NYSAR 3 established a grant program in 2005 to provide up to $500 in start-up money for recycling/waste reduction/composting programs in public
and private schools grades K-12.
Since that time, over 100 NYS schools have benefited financially from the program, on top of the environmental benefits achieved by instituting recycling/waste reduction programs in schools.