FCPS Students Honored for Innovative Solutions at 2017 Environmental Action Showcase

News Release
April 28, 2017

Carson Middle Going Green ClubStudents from three Fairfax County public schools were honored for their innovative environmental solutions at the sixth annual School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) at George Mason University’s (GMU) Center for the Arts.  More than 350 FCPS students from 25 schools attended SEAS.

Students from Fort Belvoir Upper Elementary, Carson Middle School, Lanier Middle School, and Stuart High School presented their watershed improvement plans in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition.  Students from Carson Middle took first place in the competition for their food sharing program that captures uneaten food from the cafeteria and sends it to community shelters, and teams from Lanier Middle won second and third.

Students from Belvedere Elementary won the $500 Dynamic Young Visionary award from the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers for their outstanding leadership, collaborative problem solving, and exemplary teamwork in their efforts to protect and improve the local environment.

Attendees shared the environmental stewardship initiatives they are leading at their schools; played upcycled musical instruments of their own creation; presented their ideas for watershed improvement in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition; experimented with computer engineering to collect environmental data; and engaged in hands-on STEAM activities hosted by nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses.

SEAS is hosted by NoVA Outside in partnership with GMU’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center.  Students had the unique opportunity to network and learn from students at other schools, to innovate new ways to enhance their green efforts, and to understand how their dedication and hard work contributes to regional and global efforts to ensure a sustainable future.

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For more information, contact Elaine Tholen, program manager, environmental stewardship, at evtholen@fcps.edu.