This year several seniors have attended off campus sustainability-related workshops to develop ideas and proposals for environmental action within their own communities.
Harrison Kadish '18
Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training, Pittsburgh, Pa.
In October I participated in Al Gore's Global Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Pittsburgh. Apart from being able to hear Mr. Gore, Bill Petudo (the mayor of Pittsburgh), and senior officials of various companies, like Tesla, speak on environmental initiatives within their niches, I was able to partake in workshops that gave me tools to reach out to others in my community. For instance, I am currently working on a proposal to begin a 100 percent renewable campaign in my town. The Leadership Corps training, which takes place in different cities across the country every year, is something I would highly recommend to anybody who has any interest in the preservation of our environment and sustainability for the future but doesn't quite know how to get involved.
Isabelle Kim '18
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture High School Summer Institute, Pocantico Hills, NY
Over the summer, I interned at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture where I worked with others to develop and promote sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices. I really enjoyed applying the knowledge that I gained in AP Environmental Science into real world situations, such as rotating the crops to different parts of the field to prevent certain nutrients in the soil from getting depleted. Stone Barns represents an ideal food and farming practice where the outputs are going back into the system and there is little to no waste. This is extremely difficult and expensive to apply to a mass production system to feed the world, but hopefully the promotion of these sustainable food practices will make healthy and clean food available to everyone.
Photo Credit: https://www.stonebarnscenter.org
Pierce Kim '18 and John Golden '18
Green Schools Alliance's Sc3 (Student Conservation Corps & Congress), West Virginia
By Pierce Kim '18
This past summer, John Golden and I were selected to attend Sc3, Student Conservations Corps & Congress, an environmental leadership program run by the Green Schools Alliance. In addition to listening to a variety of speakers, we were tasked with educating ourselves and making a presentation on certain environmental issues in OST (Open Space Technology) groups. We made a talk show skit about wildlife preservation, which focused on the pros and cons of zoos, wildlife reserves, and nature tours. The activity that was perhaps the most impactful was a 12-mile kayak trip down the Potomac River. At some points during the trip, we were told to just close our eyes and listen, listen to the birds chirping, the water flowing, and the wind blowing through the trees, and be completely immersed in the environment around us. After that, I felt a renewed appreciation for the outdoors and wished that trip would never end. Being surrounded by like-minded people, learning and researching unfamiliar environmental topics, and immersing myself in the activities changed me for the better and will continue to shape me.
Photo Credit: Green Schools Alliance Instagram
Shoals Marine Lab, Appledore Island, Me.
By John Golden '18
This last summer, Pierce Kim and I attended a marine environmental science program at Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, just off the coast of Maine. Along with ten other students, we researched and observed different aquatic habitats around the world and the effect humans have on those environments.The first week was spent doing field research on a boat in the Gulf of Maine, going to different places on the island, and in the classroom learning about a wide range of topics, from organismal adaptations in the intertidal zone to the haline and thermal forces that drive ocean currents.The second and last week of the course was spent conducting our own experiments with organisms that live in the intertidal zone and writing a formal research paper about our findings.