On March 15th, my friend, Emma Johnson and I (Cristina Machado) delivered a TED Talk describing the need for environmental activism at Lake Forest High School and promising the implementation of something called an Environmental Commission. We are now able to put our plan into motion and embark on constructing an Environmental Commission.
So what exactly is an Environmental Commission? It is a group of motivated students, parents, and faculty that collaborate with facilities management to create sustainable habits within the campus and the community. The commision will act with a goal of revitalizing our communities by reviewing city and school ordinances that could have an environmental impact. It will suggest areas of improvement, smart growth, resource protection, green infrastructure, and environmental clean-up activities. In other words, an Environmental Commissions is a form of collaboration among students, teachers, and community members in order to create plans for environmental actions that can be implemented within the school and community.
This form of collaboration is a unique resource and will allow students’ voices to be heard. A huge part of our goal in forming the commission is to ignite student activism at our school. Students often have amazing and influential ideas but do not know how to start or who to talk to. It is often difficult to share ideas with those that have the power to implement them, and that keeps students from trying. By forming a collaboration within the community between faculty, parents, and students, motivated students are given a safe space in which they have the freedom to share their ideas and actively participate in their implementation.
The commission will meet once a month, for approximately an hour and a half, in order to discuss topics ranging from the recycling habits of the school and the potential of composting, to the installation of solar panels and determine which items to implement. We also will discuss any environmental topic brought to the meetings by students, faculty, or community members.
We are looking for motivated students that have an interest in making environmental improvements within and around LFHS. If you are interested please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or check your email from Jim Sullivan for an application!
Together, we can make a huge change within our school and community,