Stony Brook Elementary Green Team

BY Carey Raimo

Stony Brook Elementary School

Project Description
The goal of developing the Stony Brook Elementary Green Team is to collaborate with community resources and educate students in grades K-2 on the importance of recycling. As a result of the education, students will actively participate in a school wide recycling program in order to reduce the amount of waste produced on a daily basis.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
The success of the project will be determined by the number of classrooms fully participating in the act of recycling. In addition, students in 2nd Grade will be provided with a pre and post education survey gauging the impact of direct education and involvement in a consistent recycling program.

Benefit to the students and the school
The development of the Stony Brook Elementary Green Team will allow students to learn about the impact of recycling (or not recycling) on their community and the earth. Additionally, the Green Team will collaborate with local organizations and neighboring school (Eddy Elementary) to help the young members of the Brewster Community make a difference on the environment.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
Initiatives have already begun, including changes in the cafeteria. This includes using metal silverware rather than plastic and the development of a system to prevent young students from accidentally throwing away the metal silverware. Efforts will continue in order to establish recycling routines, with the goal of having the students fully and actively recycling by the end of the 2017-2018 school year.