The Go Green Initiative is thrilled to spotlight Megan Shih, a Local Leaders of the 21st Century alumna who now works as an External Partner and Donor Coordinator for the UC Davis Food Recovery Network (FRN). Megan is a fourth year student at UCD studying biotechnology and statistics, and back in 2017, she was vice…

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In November of 2019, the Pleasanton School Board passed a resolution to become a priority partner for waste reduction including food waste prevention with the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board, also known as StopWaste. StopWaste works to “[help] Alameda County’s businesses, residents, and schools waste less,…

Read more Mohr Elementary Makes the Most of Partnership with StopWaste

One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of our programs is watching schools enact real change in their communities. A leader in sustainability, Camden City School District (CCSD) is making huge shifts to create a greener, cleaner, more environmentally friendly community for students and families. However, this did not come without countless hours of…

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Students at Amador Valley understand that recycling and composting should be part of students’ daily routine. The lessons we learn in school lay the habits of a lifetime and Local Leaders are paving the way for sustainability as they take necessary steps towards making their schools a cleaner, greener, recycling, and compost friendly environment. Since…

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What is a waste audit? Written by: Meg Beymer and Paulina Umansky, GGI Interns What is a waste audit, and why did we bother going to the Aquatic Center for one? This summer, we’re helping city facilities become compliant with the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance (MRO), which was passed in Pleasanton due to Assembly Bills 341…

Read more GGI Interns Conduct Their 1st Waste Audit @ Community Pool

Sustainability Made Simple (Byrd & Demates, 2016) is the book I’ve hoped someone would write for the past fifteen years. If you only have room on your bookshelf for one thoroughly comprehensive, supremely accessible guide to understanding the big sustainability issues affecting us and what to do about it, this is the book you need. Environmental…

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It’s not easy to be chosen as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, but Bishop O’Dowd high school in Oakland, CA is no ordinary educational institution. According to its mission statement, “Bishop O’Dowd High School seeks to develop leaders of influence who are loving, open to growth, religious, intellectually competent, and skilled leaders…

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St. Benedict’s Prep (SBP) was recently featured on 60 Minutes. SBP is an all-boys 7th-12th grade school in the inner city of Newark, NJ. The school is currently run by Alumnus Fr. Edwin Leahy, O.S.B., and has been operated by the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey since 1868. Thanks to a grant from Covanta, I have had the…

Read more Student Spotlight: Graphic Novel Inspires Recycling

The Go Green Initiative works hard to provide students with opportunities to learn about how the systems in their communities work. We help them learn about their local energy, water, waste and food systems. One of our recent endeavors provided some teenagers with the opportunity to get “up close and personal” with wind and energy-from-waste technology,…

Read more Letting Teens See Renewable Energy in Action