Vance High School in Charlotte, NC celebrated their first “Green Week”, April 22-26. MGR’s Environmental Justice Club was able to recruit students and faculty to participate in activities to increase environmental awareness and sustainability education on campus. These events were sponsored by MGR’s GREEN Community Schools Environmental Justice Club (EJC) and by Vance’s Leadership students. Students at Vance have a passion for waste reduction so many of the Green Week events were focused on recycling education.
The activities of the week included re-vamping and decorating the school’s recycling bins, a 5-minute “blackout” where all the lights and electric devices in the school were turned off to measure energy savings, working with Emmy-nominated filmographer, Bryan Wright, to assist EJC students to capture footage in creating a recycling PSA to educate their peers about the amount of waste created at their school on a daily basis, and planting a campus garden with the help of professional gardeners.