- 3:04 pm - Fri, Mar 1, 2013
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Cart Art Teaches Students About Reducing, Reusing, Recycling
Here’s more Unconsumption news from Houston:
Eleven groups of Houston-area students, ranging from elementary- to high school-level, used salvaged materials to convey messages about the importance of generating less waste.
The students applied both their creativity and an array of items, ranging from plastic bottles to scrap fabric, to 96-gallon recycling carts. Participation in the project, known as “Growing Up Recycling,” not only helped to enhance students’ understanding of environmental issues and increase their awareness of potential career options, but provided an opportunity for the teams to win cash prizes.
Unconsumption was thrilled to be involved with this reuse project: Unconsumptioneer Molly Block (that’s me!), along with several leaders in the sustainability arena in Houston, helped judge the entries. (More about that here.)
All participating schools’ carts will be displayed at several locations, including city-wide festivals and The City of Houston Public Works and Engineering building (mentioned previously on Unconsumption here).
The project, coordinated by The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department, could be replicated in other communities. If you launch a similar project in your own city, let us know about it!
Pictured: 1) Second-place winner Chavez High School’s submission, covered in plastic bottles and cardboard; 2) Sam Houston High School’s entry, which involved students from the school’s art, robotic, and automotive clubs (and the construction of a battery-operated animated “owl”), earned both first place and people’s choice awards; 3) Long Middle/High School’s cART, third place winner.
Photos courtesy of The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department — on Facebook here.