McNicol Middle School, School, Sawgrass Springs Middle School and Westglades Middle School were among 12 middle schools from across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Florida regions to present at the 21st annual Wheelabrator Symposium for Environment and Education in Baltimore, Maryland.
An industry leader in converting post-recycled waste and other renewable fuels into clean energy, Wheelabrator's commitment to sustainability extends to environmental awareness, education and community engagement.
Working with their teachers and Wheelabrator employee-volunteers, the Wheelabrator Symposium challenges middle school students to identify an environmental issue in their community at the start of the school year and then research, develop and implement a long-term solution. It incorporates STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts and provides students with an interdisciplinary view of environmental issues and solutions.
McNicol Middle School worked toward getting the appropriate number of homes certified as wildlife sanctuaries in order to get the city of Hollywood certified as a Wildlife Sanctuary.
New River Middle School continued its beach restoration efforts as well as working toward making the school a “National Green School” by concentrating on school trash as well as school food waste.
Sawgrass Springs Middle School promoted use of reusable bags. Students made bags out of old t-shirts and encouraged the community to bring reusable bags to the store.
Westglades Middle School focused on getting homes certified as National Wildlife Federation habitats by increasing the city of Parkland’s number of certified homes from 171 to 200.
The Symposium is based on Wheelabrator's belief that environmental awareness must be grounded in fundamental science, and that businesses and communities should help educators introduce real-life experiences to young adults.