Episode 213 - Schools & Clubs

Original Airdate: 
Monday, December 6, 2010 - Sunday, December 12, 2010
Next Airdate: 
Monday, March 28, 2011 - Sunday, April 3, 2011

Schools and clubs provide great opportunities to get involved in doing good things for the planet. Eco Company found four outstanding organizations making their mark! First up we go to the beach! Because beaches and lakes are popular recreation areas, they often become a wasteland of plastic and garbage that people leave behind. But we found a Girl Scout troop that has adopted a Northern California beach and is determined to keep it free of trash and waste. Jessica caught up with them on beach clean-up and some of what they find is very surprising.

Then it's a visit to nature's classroom. Adam reports on an outdoor venue where high school students become the teachers working with 4th graders. It's a trip to the local river where the subject matter is river ecology. The student teachers plan the lessons and teach with passion, and the fourth grade students learn with hands on experience.

Brendan then takes us to a high school where students are making a difference in a program called S.P.A.R.E., Students Promoting Awareness of Recycling and the Environment. They have created a place for students to hangout surrounded by a garden of native plants AND they run the schools recycling program...and make money for their projects in the process!

Then it's off to another school where students and teachers alike are doing their part to help the planet. It's the Athenian School in Danville, California. There we found Maggie Rowland, an industrious students and an aspiring chemist. She is working on the optimum formula to make bio-diesel fuel from discarded restaurant grease to run the school buses. She is working to perfect her formula before going into production on a larger scale. But from the chemistry lab, to the organic garden, to the solar farm on the school grounds, this school is doing it right.