The ARTS+ACTION Cafeteria Waste Reduction Residency at PS 221 has been a huge success! Here are a few pictures of the amazing creations 5th graders have been working on over the past few months. More pictures and a video coming soon!
Two weeks ago, I asked a 5th grade class in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, “ Can anyone give an example of a Change Maker in their own family?”
One student proudly told how he recently taught his mother to recycle. A second student explained how she convinced her father to set up a recycling station at home, sharing with him why this is important for the world. A third student shared a similar story, thrilled that he sold the idea of recycling and waste sorting to his grandmother!
We are impacting children’s lives!
Our ARTS+ACTION Cafeteria Waste Reduction program is empowering students to be citizen problem-solvers, design detectives, and environmental leaders, the skills needed for ensuring innovation of climate smart solutions. We are creating an environmental education model for NYC and the nation.
Due to recent budget cuts, these 5th graders have no art teacher and are soaking up this opportunity to be creative and to be a part of meaningful change! Our ARTS+ACTION curriculum has double the meaning.
-Debby Lee Cohen, Director
Debby Lee Cohen talks Flip, Tap, Stack.
Right now, we are leading our ARTS+ACTION Cafeterira Waste Reduction program at PS 221 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, training K-5th graders to be the Cafeteria Rangers. These student stewards oversee all cafeteria recycling and composting!
We are also teaching our Make Change Messaging workshop to 5th graders, whic is especially meaningful at PS 221. Due to budget cuts, this school has no art teacher. Students are designing prototypes for new school lunch tray and will soon be constructing giant puppets based on data collected from their own cafeteria!
Our program is not only generating school wide excitement for environmental stewardship, but is also providing students with the opportunity to creatively make change! But, we have only received half the funding for this program. Your tax-deductible donation will have an immediate impact!
With your generous support, we can teach our ARTS+ACTION program at more schools, and complete our multi-media ARTS+ACTION TOOLKIT to share on-line for all schools to benefit from.
This past spring, with stunning results, Cafu piloted our Cafeteria Waste Reduction Project at the Neighborhood School and PS 63 in the East Village. Within several weeks only, we empowered students to be the Stewards of their cafeteria and facilitated an arts-based messaging workshop, resulting in a reduction of cafeteria garbage from 9 bags per day to a mere ¾ ‘s of a bag per day. ALL food waste was composted locally, completely eliminating the need for polluting trucks to haul food waste and reducing NYC’s out-of-state landfill bound garbage, waste hauling costs, and green house gas emissions! Thank you to all the students and staff at both schools for supporting this effort and to East 12th Street's Children's Garden for helping us to make local food composting a reality!
NYC Department of Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty recently announced plans to expand a Compost Pilot Program to 20 public schools in the fall! This great news came at a ceremony honoring D3 Green Schools and District 3 School Food and Custodial staff, who participated in a D3 Composting Pilot, a result of a private-public partnership that was initiated by Cafeteria Culture (CafCu)/SOS!
In September 2011, CafCu suggested a public school cafeteria-composting pilot to IESI and introduced the private carting company to public school parents through our EPA hosted info-sharing meetings. A successful pilot was born! The D3 Composting Pilot resulted in the diversion of 450 pounds of food waste per day from our landfills, reducing cafeteria garbage by 85%! Manhattan schools PS 89 -The Liberty School and PS 40 also participated in IESI tray composting pilots, dramatically reducing their school cafeteria landfill bound garbage.
THANK YOU parents from D3 Green Schools, PS89, and PS 40; students and school staff from all participating schools; IESI; EPA Region 2; Global Green; and NYC Department of Education Offices of SchoolFood, Sustainability, and Facilities.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO MAKE CHANGE!
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