Thu, Jun 21 11:00am
Littlebrook Elementary School
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Littlebrook School uses creative signage to promote effective composting and recycling, and keeps a range of bins in all of their classrooms. Photo courtesy of Martha Friend
As the school year comes to an end, Sustainable Princeton would like to acknowledge the Princeton Public Elementary Schools' efforts to reduce waste and promote environmental stewardship among their students. We recognize that all schools are making great strides to become more sustainable. For this piece, we had the opportunity to visit and interview Martha Friend at the Littlebrook School. We welcome the opportunity to hear what other schools are doing, so please contact usto let us know!
We learned that Littlebrook keeps compost bins in their classrooms and promotes the proper disposal of food waste throughout the entire day. They also use their Sustainable Jersey grant to buy reusable flatware, dishes, and cups for class parties, reducing paper and plastic waste.
According to Ms. Friend, a Littlebrook science teacher who has advanced and promoted the elementary school’s sustainability initiatives, "students will voluntarily monitor trash, recycling, and compost bins in the cafeteria to prevent contamination." Photo courtesy of Martha Friend
Kindergarten through 5th grade is an especially important time for kids to develop sustainable habits and learn about environmental issues. For this reason, Princeton’s elementary schools make an effort to pair sustainable actions with educational opportunities. Science labs, for instance, teach about the environment through hands-on activities. Riverside School incorporated garden education into their curriculum, a program that has spread to all four elementary schools.
Ms. Friend says, "in order to take sustainability to the next level, it is important to create opportunities for students to go off campus and see where compost actually goes. We look forward to seeing what the next academic year brings! In the meantime, we hope Princeton Public School students maintain their sustainable habits over summer break."
Sustainable Princeton is an independent nonprofit organization with the vision of making Princeton a model town that examines every action through the lens of sustainability ensuring a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of all community members now and in the future. Our mission is to inspire the development and implementation of solutions that positively impact our environment. For more information, visit: sustainableprinceton.org