Motivate DPS Board of Education to create a more sustainable school district

Motivate DPS Board of Education to create a more sustainable school district

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Briana Dearing started this petition to DPS Board of Education and

By signing this petition, you will be adding your name to this letter (found below) that will be sent to the Durham Public School's Board of Education.

This is the letter:

"Dear Members of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education,


On behalf of the students of Durham Public Schools, we applaud sustainability initiatives like the “Toss it Right”, and the removal of all styrofoam trays in DPS school lunchrooms, but we want to further DPS sustainability by the 2019-2020 school year. Climate change is an imminent threat for our generation and we can combat it locally by making simple changes in our everyday lives. These initiatives include:


Mandated composting and the creation of school gardens: Along with recycling bins and trash cans, we ask for at least one compost bin in every DPS school for students to have the option to throw away apple cores, orange peels, and biodegradable items to benefit a school garden. The addition of a school garden would teach students the value of sustainable agriculture, provide access to healthy food options and instill the importance of gardening to students.


Biodegradable flatware in all DPS schools: Rather than purchasing plastic forks, knives and spoons, invest in biodegradable wares that can be tossed in the compost bin. This switch can greatly reduce the amount of trash produced by DPS. Biodegradable plastic breaks down in merely three to six months, while it can take up to 1,000 years for plastic to decompose. By purchasing materials that are eco-friendly, not only is one supporting sustainable companies but is as well reducing the amount of trash going into local landfills.


Going Paperless: Rather than contributing to the cutting down of trees, students could be issued laptops from their schools to complete homework assignments and essays. Teachers throughout the semester print out hundreds of worksheets for their students, which costs money and is time consuming to grade. By issuing laptops to every DPS student, teachers could post assignments through whatever software the teachers use to grade, saving time and paper.


To help oversee that these initiatives are implemented, we are recommending the creation of a DPS climate change action team. This team would be comprised of 15-20 DPS students, across all grades and school districts, that would keep tabs on the progress of these initiatives in their respective schools.


We thank you for service and hopefully we can create a more sustainable DPS together."

 

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