Archive for Wednesday, April 14, 2010

County recognizes Starside’s green efforts

April 14, 2010

It may not be easy being green, but that’s not stopping the students and staff at Starside Elementary School. The school has just been honored by the Johnson County’s Solid Waste Management Committee’s for its Green Business Recognition Award.

Also recognized this year were companies including Sprint, Shawnee Mission Medical Center and the Church of the Resurrection.

“We are honored to be in such good company,” Paula Henderson, school counselor said. “Our environmental program is student driven and we feel it is something that will change the way our students look at our earth throughout their lives.”

The committee wanted to recognize businesses that are “leading the way to reduce waste and conserve resources.”

The Johnson County Waste Management Web site states these businesses have “innovative recycling programs, green purchasing policies, waste reduction measures, and employee education programs.”

As a green business in the county, the school will receive a framed certificate from the committee, a window decal, and they will be able to use the green business award logo on documentation.

Starside is also being honored with the Kansas School of Character award from the Kansas State Department of Education.

The award goes to educational institutions that “demonstrate an outstanding character education initiative that yields positive results in student behavior, school climate, and academic performance.”

Janet Waugh, state school board chair, and Attorney General Steve Six, will present the KSOC award to Starside May 6 in Topeka.

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