ACE is pleased to announce:
2010 ACE School Action Grant Winners!
We had quite a turn out this year and the review process was very challenging! We're excited to see so many amazing Action Teams across the country doing such incredible things. Congratulations to all who applied!
Analy High School, Sebastopol, California
Analy High School will use ACE funding to develop a creative, unique system that will make the school garden completely sustainable. They will do this by purchasing and installing six rainwater catchment tanks, two small worm bins, and a large composting system. The catchment tanks will reduce the high school’s carbon footprint by saving the energy it takes to pump the water. The composting system will use leftover cafeteria food as well as paper towel waste and create fertilizer for the garden. The Analy garden club will also strive to include the student body in the creation and maintenance of the garden. Freshmen science classes will take a tour of the garden, art and woodshop classes will create and decorate the catchments tanks, and food classes will use the ingredients for meals. By creating a sustainable garden on campus, Analy High School is taking a progressive step towards going green.
Boston Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Latin School’s Youth Climate Action Network group is the most active and influential after school club on campus. As they continue to play an instrumental role in leading the green movement in the Boston Public School community, they will use the ACE grant money to add to their “show don’t tell” principle exemplified in their Green Roof Initiative. Already raising over 150,000 dollars, once installed this roof has the potential to teach the wider communities of Boston sustainability in action. From its greenhouse, which will grow produce for the cafeteria, to its solar panels and small-scale wind turbines, Boston Latin School is making real steps to go green.
College Preparatory School, Oakland, California
The College Preparatory School intends to reduce carbon emissions and water use by fulfilling three objectives. Firstly, it will create a Green Fund that will be geared towards financing the school’s infrastructure in more environmentally sustainable ways. Secondly, by replacing weeds, and invasive water-guzzling trees with drought-hardy native plants, the school’s water use will be drastically cut down. Lastly, by revamping and expanding the school’s recycling and composting systems, trash output will potentially decrease by over 50%. These three proposed objectives, once completed, will be an example of how human beings can coexist within California’s ecosystems.
Marlborough School, Los Angeles, California
Marlborough High School will use ACE grant money to fund the Green Teens project—a four-day, cost-free, climate awareness program for LA elementary school students. On the first day of the program, students will watch an animated video detailing basic climate knowledge, and establish goals for themselves to reduce their carbon footprint. On the second day, children will be given disposable cameras and walk around the neighborhood photographing the beauty and destruction they see in their local environment. The final day will be a graduation ceremony, honoring them for completing their goals and asking them to set new ones. This program will enlighten and inform students about the environment through a hands-on, unique curriculum created and taught by students, for students.
Mandela High School, Oakland, California
In an attempt to inform and educate the community about ways to reduce their carbon footprint, Mandela High School will start a vegetable garden on school campus and sell the produce at a stand in front of the school. The stand will consist of low-cost organic vegetables, and informative posters, educating the community about sustainable living. Secondly, students will lobby to convince the administration about the need to eliminate non-recyclable styrofoam plates and containers, in favor of paper plates. These two components will reduce the school’s carbon footprint and hopefully put environmental activism on the community's mind.
New Vista High School, Boulder, Colorado
New Vista High School’s the Earth Task Force (ETF) is a full-functioning environmental group, that is geared towards lowering the school’s environmental footprint and educating the community about climate change. As an ACE grant recipient, ETF will continue to lay a foundation of sustainable thinking for the entire school. They plan on creating a summit in collaboration with CU’s Environmental Center, where environmental groups from nearby high schools can share ideas about how to impact climate change. The school also plans on working with Teach for Sustainability, a class at the University of Colorado, where students will travel to local elementary schools and teach children about climate literacy. In addition to this, the school will use the grant money to upgrade the school’s energy system in an attempt to make it more efficient.
San Marcos High School, Los Angeles, California
San Marcos High School’s newly established Earth Club, has worked hard to encourage the student body to reduce their usage and waste of plastic water bottles. Their goal is to collect 3,500 used plastic water bottles—the amount thrown away every five seconds in the United States. They will use their ACE grant money to install two EZH20 water refill stations on campus, where students will be able to fill up their reusable bottles for free. With more locations for students to fill up, San Marcos High School will serve as a model for other schools in the district.
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School, Houston, Texas
Recycling uses less energy than recreating objects from scratch. Understanding this, the Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School has used the $2,500 awarded to purchase nine thirty-seven-gallon bins for the collection of plastic materials. The bins will be placed strategically around the campus and will rely on a rotating schedule where student volunteers in conjunction with staff will maintain the collection of plastic two to three times per week. If successful, this simple, yet effective method to install a plastic recycling system will encourage the student body to become more environmentally active, and have a positive impact on the community at large.
Woodcreek High School, Roseville, California
The Earth Club at Woodcreek High School has a very clear objective: use the ACE grant to install a solar system on school property. They believe that by installing the system in a visible area on campus, they will in affect raise awareness about climate change and inspire other organizations on campus to pursue similar projects. In addition to the solar panel, they will use ACE funds to create a vegetable garden at school, preventing their culinary class from having to waste fuel and money on ingredients. Accomplishing these goals will ensure their work has a long lasting effect on the local community.
2009 ACE School Action Grant Winners!
ACE's School Action Grant program aims to help students lower their school's carbon footprint and raise climate awareness in major ways. At ACE, we believe collaboration and hard work are the keys to success! Check out ACE's 2009 School Grant Award winners below and apply today for your chance to win up to $5000 for your Action Team's carbon-reducing project.!
Andrew P. Hill High School - San Jose, CA
Andrew Hill HS will use the ACE grant to educate all incoming freshman on the leading causes of greenhouse gases and equip them with the knowledge, tools and opportunities to reduce their personal carbon footprint and become leaders in facilitating systematic carbon footprint reduction. Using new computers, air quality measurement probes and software and help from neighboring Cogswell Polytechnic College, the entire 9th grade class will have access to top-notch, interactive climate education.
The Athenian School - Danville, CA
With an on-site organic garden that annually produces over 1,200 pounds of food for the school cafeteria and a campus-wide carbon audit in progress, the Athenian School is already at the vanguard of the school sustainability movement. Now, as an ACE grant recipient, Athenian will expand upon their stewardship practices. With their ACE grant, Athenian will 1) construct a biodiesel reactor that can produce 40 gallons of biodiesel weekly from waste vegetable oil (WVO) to fuel their bus fleet 2) develop a school-wide carpool program using an interactive mapping system and 3) have students convert a standard vehicle to an electric vehicle.
The Harker Upper School - San Jose, CA
With two ambitious student leaders charging the way, the Harker School’s new Carbon Challenge Club aims to reduce the school’s carbon footprint by 20% each year. With the support of ACE grant funding, the club plans to tackle three major projects this fall. 1) Insulating all South facing windows of a major building most directly hit by sunlight in order to to make the building’s temperature more effective. 2) Install Smart Meters in ¼ of classrooms reduce energy consumption and also spark behavior change among students through awareness. 3) Build an organic campus garden that will provide food for the cafeteria as well as will provide hands-on educational opportunities for students.
Rodriguez High School - Fairfield, CA
With the money from the ACE grant, students at Rodriguez are working together to design, build and maintain a school garden located on school property. Rodriguez also plans to enhance their campus recycling system so that it is more effective. Their strategy? Make recycling more fun with specially designed recycling carts and rewards. Finally, Rodriguez students and staff are replacing the paper towel dispensers in their bathrooms with hand dryers to help reduce waste and reduce their carbon footprint.
Civicorps Corpsmember Academy – Oakland, California
As a charter high school serving 18-24 year olds who did not have success in traditional high schools, the Corpsmember Academy will use the ACE grant to develop six-week seminars focusing on climate issues, as well as provide hands-on learning opportunities for students in the emerging green jobs sector. Students will lead energy audits of all three Civicorps Schools and also—with the help of a consultant—convert two of the school diesel vans to biodiesel.
Wilcox High School - Santa Clara, California
Wilcox's motivated student leaders are heading up efforts on campus to stop the use of plastic water bottles. First step: make the water on campus taste delicious and just like bottled water by adding filters to four of the schools most trafficked water fountains. Then students plan to sell reusable water bottles and create awareness on campus about the importance of reusing your water bottle! Students are also working to build a garden on campus that the school's culinary class will be able to use for fresh and very local veggies they can cook with.
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