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RCDS Teams Win Second Prize and Receive Honorable Mentions in the Bedford 2030 Greenlight Award Competition

Elizabeth Lee ’23 and Anya Khemlani ’23 placed second in the Bedford 2030 Greenlight Award competition’s Innovation Category. Their project, Eco Assist, is a Google Chrome extension created to increase environmental awareness. The extension updates the user’s browser tab or window with an environmental fact, a relevant organization, and suggested actions that can be taken to help the planet. Learn more about Eco Assist, which is available on the Chrome Web Store, here.

In addition, the two other RCDS teams received Honorable Mentions in the competition’s Advocacy Category. Brainiac, the team comprising Charles Gao ’24, Arthur Wang ’23 and Matthew Liew ’23, received recognition for creative use of video. Charles, Arthur, and Matthew created videos and a YouTube channel dedicated to various environmental topics, including deforestation and water scarcity, among others.

Team Take Responsibility, Not Plastic was awarded an Honorable Mention for outstanding school community engagement. Their project focused on reducing the amount of plastic water bottles RCDS has been using at lunch due to the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging members of the community to bring their own reusable bottles to school. The team includes the RCDS Environmental Club, and the presenters were co-presidents Phoebe Shapiro ’21 and Ashley Hatstadt ’21 and co-vice presidents Gabriella Jolly ’22 and Ella Weinstein ’22.

Congratulations to these passionate students for their outstanding projects and presentations. Their commitment to sustainability and environmental awareness is inspiring!

“It was inspiring to see three different RCDS teams planning and carrying out their projects since the fall. Each project successfully raised awareness about environmental issues, and the students all did a fantastic job presenting in the final round of the competition during Earth Week.” — Kerry Linderoth, Director of Sustainability. 

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