By: Abbie Smith
NEW HAVEN — Students at Common Ground High School are taking the lead in laying the groundwork for a sustainable future.
On Tuesday, students presented their ideas for “greening” the school, projects that tackle environmental topics such as recycling, water conservation and energy-conserving building design.
“It’s central to Common Ground’s mission to teach principles of sustainability and to live these principles by example,” said Melissa Spear, executive director of Common Ground. “This fair is one way we are really trying to engage our students in how to think about sustainability.”
The school’s Leading Green Sustainability Fair serves two purposes. First, it encourages students to participate in the charter school’s process of creating a 20-year master plan. The top student sustainability projects will be incorporated in the master plan. Second, the fair provides a way for the school to pick which projects to fund through a recently secured $100,000 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.