Show them the money!
It was a giant payoff for a job well done; Loveland High School (LHS) sophomores Casey Smith and Willie Lutz won more than $900 in the Caring for Our Watershed grant competition on Saturday, March 2, for receiving second place in the top 10 out of 50 proposals. The team wrote the grant for compostable silverware for the cafeteria.
"Composting is a great way to help our watershed, and everyone can do it," said Smith.
You may remember, under the direction of LHS Environmental Science Teacher Tracy Burge, LHS has had a very successful student-led initiative to make the LHS cafeteria a zero-waste facility. Burge assisted the students with their grant submission – working as a mentor and teaching them about recycling and composting.
"It's interesting to see all the things that can be composted that we normally throw away," said Lutz.
LHS students are proving Lutz correct – reducing the number of trash bags in the cafeteria from 60 in 2009 down to two in 2013 through recycling, stackination (how the students stack their trays in the trash bags), and terracycling (recycling of plastic bags). By using compostable silverware they will be able to reduce the amount of trash even further. Congratulations Casey and Willie!
To find out more about the grant visit http://caringforourwatersheds.com/ohio/1168.jsp.
Photo caption (L to R): Casey Smith, Willie Lutz and Tracy Burge