Friday, May 25, 2012

Understanding the bigger picture - turning garbage into gold



Potatoes, beets, carrots, peas and zucchini are only some of the vegetables St. Rose of Lima School will be feasting on come this fall.

As part of their Showcase School project for the Mayor’s Environment Expo, a team of Grades 7-9 students are reducing their environmental impact by growing an edible garden and producing organic compost!

Over the course of the year, the students have been collecting food waste such as fruit and vegetable peels. By using two indoor vermi-composting bins and two outdoor composting bins, they turned this waste into “gold” for their spring garden.

“The classroom has learned a lot about conservation and what they can do themselves to help the environment,” explains teacher, Mrs. Leung. “By diverting organic food from the landfill, we are reducing waste while growing high quality, organic crops.”

This Showcase School is really looking forward to this year’s Expo especially because they get to show off their worms. Their plan is to use the worms to help youth understand the bigger picture of their actions and how taking simple actions like composting, greatly impact the environment.

Join us at the 2012 Mayor’s Environment Expo, June 5-7 at the Municipal Building and be inspired by today’s youth leaders.

Read about what other showcase schools are doing to protect land, air and water.

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The Mayor’s Environment Expo thanks Encana and Calgary Transit for their partnership in the Showcase School program. Encana is sponsoring a $250 grant exclusive to the Showcase Schools. Calgary Transit is providing Showcase Schools with free transportation to and from the Expo.

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