Created by: Abbe Futterman, Principal
Please help The Earth School purchase water bottle filling stations!
The Earth School is a public elementary school in New York City. It has a uniquely diverse student body that embodies the vision of school integration for NYC with high percentages of students who are economically disadvantaged and with disabilities. In addition to social justice, The Earth School was founded on values of environmental stewardship and sustainability. Last year, the Earth School community pledged to ban single-use water bottles in school. We launched an awareness campaign and distributed reusable water bottles to all students. However, our current water fountains make it difficult to refill reusable water bottles. Similarly, the warm water in handwashing sinks make them inappropriate for refilling bottles. Installing a water bottle filling station will raise awareness about the problem of single-use plastics through a schoolwide curriculum to document and analyze the environmental impact of using reusable water bottles. The Green Team will introduce the project and data collection procedures to each class. Each week, classes will tally how many students bring reusable water bottles and how many refills are made. Results will be displayed on graphs in the lobby and reported weekly at Town Meeting.
Installing water bottle refill stations will encourage full compliance with the sustainable container pledge and will impact the community by: 1) complementing existing sustainability efforts; 2) educating students on the importance of reducing the use of single-use plastic; 3) improving health by encouraging water consumption; 4) creating an authentic context for applied mathematical skills (organizing data, percentages, computation); and 5) reducing waste.
Please help The Earth School meet its goal of zero single-use water bottles by contributing to our campaign!