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Proposed Projects

Bamboozle

Miami, Florida, United States

Bamboozle is a collaborative project where Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) gathers to build a bamboo hut, but it's much more than a bamboo hut. Each class is assigned a bamboo stalk to customize in their own environmentally conscious way. The bamboo stalks are then put together into a bamboo hut in the school's courtyard, thus creating a communal space. This project teaches the benefits of teamwork and corroboration while at the same time beautifying the school campus. It also demonstrates that natural, sustainable elements are just as competent as man-made material when it comes to structure.

opperation swiss cheese

Miami, Florida, United States

Ok due to the fact that the awnings are now tanning booths because the part for shade is destroyed, we decided to apply used plastic bottles that will be gathered from various sources. Will use the bottles to creat a mix of shade and daylight useing the awning frams.will make a flower design. about 20 flower designs will be tied on one awning frams useing wires. will use different types of bottle colors because we have a garedn near the dismantled awnongs and that too is colorful. besides life if full of color.

Green ARTTECH

Miami, Florida, United States

As a typical day goes by at our school,supplies such as paint,pencils,and paper are overused in every art class. Green ARTTECH is a program that provides a solution to this issue;it involves the awareness of the excess use of art materials through a transparent box sculpture. At the same time we would implement the use of a credit card for each student that would contain points to be able to use art materials given in art classes. Each time a student brings additional recycable waste for the box they will be awarded with extra points for their credit card.

Be A Hero Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Your Waste To "0"

Bartonsville, Pennsylvania, United States

Round 1

Our teams proposal is to become a zero waste school not only saving our school money in waste reduction but also raising revenue through smart recycling. The best part is this is not only financially savvy but is environmentally responsible. Our plan is comprehensive, we will start by implementing a recycling plan for cardboard, paper, bottles and cans, along with batteries, tires, metal, and wood. Additionally we will composte which will create the complete reduce, re-use, recycle circle by composting our school will reduce waste, by creating compost from food scraps. Once these scraps are composted they will provide fertilizer for growing our organic garden in the Horticulture program. The fruits, vegetables, and spices grown in the organic garden will then be utilized for our organic salad bar in the culinary restaurant. Finally we will also provide electronics and clothing recycling opportunites which serve the dual purpose of reducing and reusing while as the same time create revenue to expand our program.

Helianthus (The Solar Charging Station)

Miami, Florida, United States

Round 1

Our solution involves the five existing banal grey light post that surround or schools courtyard. This guerrilla project involves, painting the existing five banal light posts with an eco- friendly, vibrant yellow that catches ones eye. A solar panel will be installed atop each of the light posts, as well as installing accessible outlets. Table tops will also be added and supported by the light post itself, completing the Solar Charging Station.

Green Invasion

Miami, Florida, United States

Design and Architecture Senior High is located in a harsh, urban environment. Our project brings green into this concrete development. Because we are unable to plant things, we will be cultivating fast-growing, indigenous, drought-resistant plants on the exterior walls of our school. The addition of these plants will also help to reduce sound pollution as well as clean the air in and around our school.

The Thirsty Fountain

Miami, Florida, United States

The Thirsty Fountain is a project to collect the water that is wasted and that runs off drinking fountains when one is drinking, (which our group has calculated to be about 7 fluid ounces of water for every 10 seconds that the drinking fountains are used) and reusing that water for practical uses i.e. Irrigation. The project also involves a social component, the water would be collected in clear containers as it runs off, so everyone that drinks can see the containers fill and be aware of how much water they are not putting to good use. Yet.

"Phantom H20"

Miami, Florida, United States

In Miami, the tropical climate includes 58.53 inches of yearly rainfall with perfectly useful rainwater lands in muddy puddles and street curbs, eventually evaporating. For the Phantom H20 Project, I imagine a simple way to utilize the provisions of nature by collecting, reusing and recycling water in a beneficial, artistic, guerrilla way. At DASH, home of the Phantoms, an important resource needed to maintain the art programs is water, as it is used every day at DASH for paint water and cleaning paintbrushes, much of it is also wasted. The Phantom H2O project will consist of having sustainable, environmentally friendly bowls for gathering rainwater, reserved by portable camping showers facilitated in art classrooms, and available to all student activists!

Pure Zephyr

Miami, Florida, United States

Breathing in dirty and stifling air can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks, and our school’s air filters are rarely ever changed. According to our sources, the air filters are changed once or twice a school year when it should be changed monthly. Being in an art school, we use many materials that create indoor pollutants. This is a big problem, so we want to propose our idea to use reusable air filters and allow the students to change them every month. This will promote the importance of clean and healthy air for the whole community.

"Tap That" Campaign

Warren, New Jersey, United States

Even though bottled water has many detrimental effects on society, health, and the environment, most students at my high school continue to buy and throw away plastic water bottles. Here’s where the “Tap That” campaign comes into play. We will install filling stations around campus to help students and faculty make the switch from bottled to tap. Once the demand for tap water has increased and the demand for bottled water has decreased, the project will move towards a ban on plastic packaging at the school. The ultimate goal is to have students proudly proclaim, “I’d tap that” and make a difference, one bottle at a time.

Recycling For a Change

Fort Worth , Texas, United States

To recycle more and to make the enviornment more cleaner.

NAC YARPS

Miami, Florida, United States

As art students, we use may fume-releasing supplies everyday such as aerosols, permanent markers, and spray paints. To make our fellow schoolmates realize exactly how much we are using, we would like to post a 6-foot spray paint can in our school's multi-purpose room. With this giant spray can, we hope to raise awareness on the damaging effects of our toxic materials on our human health and the environment we inhabit. As well as, making teachers aware of the alternatives in the world can use in place of the hazardous supplies they but year after year.

Niskayuna Aquaponics Project (updated version)

Niskayuna, New York, United States

What could be green, sustainable, solution that will impact our entire school and community? A Simple, Accessible, Self-Sustaining Education (SASSE) = Design + Plants + Fish = Niskayuna Aquaponics Project (NAP); our plan is to design and create an aquaponics system that is accessible to everyone, enrich education for students, and also provide healthy, organic food for the cafeteria. In the first phase, we will start up the aquaponics system using a simple design to grow green vegetables and culture fish in a recirculating system. In the second phase we will nurture the ecosystem and identify/develop lessons in science, technology, engineering, math and music (STEMM). In the third phase, we will work with organizations, to utilize and expand on the STEMM lessons and educate the community on sustainable environments.

Tray Chic: Out with the Styrofoam, Bring on the Bagasse

Queens, New York, United States

In Judging

Bard High School Early College Queens will swap out its environmentally destructive Styrofoam trays for eco-friendly trays made of sugar cane pulp, or bagasse. Next, we will compost our food and trays. Lastly, we will expand the program to the two other schools in our building.

Local Ideas Festival

Brooklyn, New York, United States

In Judging

A community festival will be held to inform the community about environmental health. The show will raise funds for our community beautification projects and school garden, which will eventually evolve into a greenhouse. The guests will include students, teachers,parents,and others who wish to attend. At the event, activities, captivating speakers, and healthy food options will be blended together to teach the guests about being green, eating healthily, and living an overall healthier life.

Loveland Composting Program

Loveland, Ohio, United States

Loveland High School is planning on composting. We are already 1 of 78 nationwide Green Ribbon Schools and 1 of 2 in Ohio. We have already cut our lunch trash from 60 to 12 bags a day by recycling and stacking trays. Our goal with the composting program is to bring it down to just 6 bags of trash. With your help we can cut 840 bags out of the landfill each year.

And Then There Were None

Miami, Florida, United States

Inspired by the typical reaction to a crime scene, our proposal “And Then There Were None” will get people aware of the fact that we as human beings are diminishing our plant life in our urban city, Miami. We also want more people, especially students, to take responsibility of our actions and to plant a tree during the time of Arbor Day. To inspire young people to take action by helping our global environment will lead to a generation that’s devoted to environmental conservation. Our idea will be set up into two phases. Phase 1: We will creatively construct an installation at the heart of our school, where the entire student body passes by and eats around it on the daily basis; this will be the perfect stage to set up a “crime scene.” In our desired location, there is a triangular low-leveled fountain where we will empty out and draw with environmental friendly materials the outline of the form of a general plant, like what crime scene investigators do when there’s a corpse on the ground; they outline it with white chalk. We will also leave fake blood stains around the outline of the plant so people can easily notice that the plant died here. There will be a “Crime Scene – Do Not Cross” tape surrounding the triangular fountain, so it’ll be another element that will attract more attention to the scene. Surrounding the fountain, there are about five palm trees that overlook our crime scene, so with that in mind, we want to draw faces on recycled material and place it on the palm trees at a level that’s both interesting and intimidating. These faces will have frightened, angry, and sad expressions, all looking down at the crime scene. This phase will be set up in a day, it’s important to us to keep it random and surprising to the students at our school. Our mission for this phase is to make this as guerrilla as possible, so that people can be shocked and intrigued by it and also leave them wondering, what can they do to help. Phase 2: One or two weeks will have passed by with the crime scene installation still in place and by then, it will have attracted the attention of the entire student body along with the faculty and staff of the school. Furthermore, our next step is to find a solution for our initial phase, where we in way, blamed human society for the destruction of plant life in this urban environment. We decided that they can make up for it by planting a tree, in this case, a small Baldcypress sapling. Baldcypresses are adaptable to wet or dry conditions, so they can virtually be planted anywhere, plus, they also grow to become beautiful trees which apparently are great for urban areas. We will order 500 6-inch Baldcypress saplings from the ArborDay.org website, and yes, we said five hundred. We decided to choose saplings instead of seeds because anybody can give a bag a seeds and it’s more enjoyable to take home with you an actual baby tree that’s 6 inches tall. Therefore, we will deconstruct the crime scene, clean out the fake blood stains, take down the crime scene tape and we will set up the 500 saplings inside the empty fountain and around the perimeter of the fountain until we reached the space’s functionality. Whatever that is left from the 500 saplings will be held in storage on school grounds and with every passing day, the saplings on display will be taken home by a student and will be planted in their backyard, so we will be re-stocking them on the daily basis. Around the circumference of the pot holding the sampling, will be a sign that says “Take Me”, which will be printed on recycled paper. We will switch out the palm tree’s depressing and negative facial expressions with positive and exciting expressions that will make every student taking a sapling home feel good about themselves. This phase will hopefully be around the same days as Arbor Day, and it could be set up in a day. Our mission for this phase is to encourage students to take home with them a sapling and plant it in their backyards. We also want to achieve our goal of planting 500 new trees in Miami, where “green spaces” are limited.

Persephone's Terrace

Jericho, New York, United States

In the stone-filled barren courtyard of our school, trees, bushes, flowers, and natural beautification structures will compose a much needed garden for the following purposes: replenish trees lost during the recent Hurricane Sandy, provide habitats for birds that, interestingly, dominate the school grounds, create a memory garden for visiting alumni, in which graduating classes plant their “time capsules”, along with, of course, enhancements of air quality, landscape and biodiversity.

Food Conservation 101

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

We have recognized food waste as a huge issue for Americans, so through our plan, we would be purchasing and implementing refrigerators and bins throughout St. Ignatius High School's dining areas. These bins/fridges would be available for students to place unwanted, uneaten food items, as opposed to students just throwing them in the trash. Once items are placed in these specialized receptacles, any student can walk up and take a food item, ensuring that the food does not go to waste. At the end of the day, all salvageable food from the bins will be taken across the street to the West Side Catholic Center, a local non-profit organization that assist the poor and impoverished of the Cleveland area by giving them food and clothing.

#swagspot

Willits, California, United States

During the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year a large area of portable classrooms were taken out in order to make room for a new science building. But sadly that project was abandoned when our school ran out of funding. We were left with a large empty lot that the students plan on turning into an outdoor area for the students to work in. It will include tables, benches, trees, flowers, and other vegetation. We are calling the site #swagspot.