“The challenge to all Washoe County high schools will be to make a positive impact on the environment by making a positive change in their school,” said Fayth Ross, Desert Research Institute (DRI) GreenPower Outreach Administrator and founding member of GREENevada.
The High School Sustainability Plan Competition teaches students what it means to be sustainable and how they have the power to make changes in their schools to achieve that goal.
The first step for students will be to identify an area or areas at their schools where they can make a positive impact. The second step is to develop a plan with clear goals, objectives, activities, budgets and projected impacts. This will require students to research and clearly communicate how the plan would be implemented. The students then will submit a 10-page proposal and make a brief presentation to a panel of judges.
Winning schools will receive cash prizes through the Pepsi Refresh Grant to make their plans realities.
Teams must register for the competition by 6 p.m. on Feb. 3. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://greenevada.org and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No paper registrations will be accepted. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on April 1. Teams will be scored on creativity and feasibility. Then teams will present their plans on Earth Day, April 22, to convince the judges that not only is the proposal sound, but it will also make a positive and necessary impact on their school.
Growing Resources for Environmental Education in Nevada is a partnership between six nonprofit organizations committed to making schools sustainable, including: Alliance for Climate Education, Black Rock Solar, Envirolution, DRI’s GreenPower Program, Sierra Nevada Journeys, and Urban Roots Garden Classrooms. Schools are encouraged to seek help from one, three or all organizations to help bring sustainability into their classrooms.
Their mission is to help every school in Nevada be green and for every child to learn global responsibility through local example.
DRI’s primary energy outreach program is GreenPower, which supports and promotes educating Nevada’s K-12 students in renewable energy and how to incorporate conscious living practices into their daily lives.