Green Schools Initiative
The Green Schools project began in the spring of 2009 as a college math project in the study of applied mathematics. We were looking for a way to apply some of the topics we learned in class to solve a real world problem. Math is a set of skills and a training in logical thinking that can be used to solve everyday problems and make the world a better place. To build on that fact about 35 students in 2 classes were asked to answer the following prompt:
What initiatives could the Northwestern Lehigh School district implement to cut their energy cost and be a more environmentally friendly member of the community?
Students were in charge of collecting data, running calculations, making predictions and then organizing the data in charts, graphs, tables, a paper, and a powerpoint presentation that was presented in front of their peers, administration, and fellow science and math teachers in the building.
My hope is that the information they have shared will help shape the way we do business here at Northwestern Lehigh. The changes proposed by the different teams are not only cost saving but also help us take a step forward in being a leader in the community when it comes to green initiatives. We as a school district have the power to be the example, and continue to raise students who are informed members of the global community ready to enact the changes needed to shape our world for the better.