State's schools honored for environmental work
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 3:11 pm
Tennessee's top school environmental programs were honored today by the Good Sports Always RecycleTM program. Each school received $1,000 for their efforts, as well as special recognition during an on-field presentation at the University of Tennessee versus University of Kentucky football game.
The 2014 Good Sports Always RecycleTM school challenge winners included: Abintra Montessori School in Nashville, Andrew Johnson Elementary School in Kingsport, Carroll-Oakland Elementary School in Lebanon, Chester County Junior High School in Henderson, Flintville Elementary School in Flintville, McFadden School of Excellence in Murfreesboro, Nature's Way Montessori School in Knoxville, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Germantown, Valley View Elementary School in Cleveland and Volunteer High School in Church Hill.
Additionally, Brentwood High School in Brentwood received the Good Sports Always RecycleTM Sustainability Steward Award. Brentwood High School received $1,500 for its program.
"We are so proud to see our students and teachers find unique ways to reduce the amount of waste their schools creates, instead of allowing it to end up in landfills," said Bob Martineau, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner. "The average person creates about 4.43 pounds of trash every day, and 2.4 pounds of that ends up in landfills, so Tennessee students are truly having an impact in reducing the waste in our state."
"Through the Good Sports Always RecycleTM program, we see examples of teachers and students forming winning partnerships to make waste reduction a part of their daily routine," said Anne Kilgore, director of Sustainability with Eastman. "Additionally, students and teachers are also encouraging their families, local business leaders and neighbors to join forces and implement recycling efforts to improve their local community."