Parkway becomes the first district in Missouri to win a District Sustainability Award

Parkway becomes the first district in Missouri to win a District Sustainability Award

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer

May 26, 2020

Solar panels, composting and outdoor classrooms led Parkway to winning a District Sustainability Award from the U.S. Department of Education. Parkway is the first district in Missouri to win a District Sustainability Award and has six Green Ribbon schools. The program has three pillars: reduced envir...

Compost crisis: food waste practices fail to reach district standards

Preparing for school lunch, cafeteria employee Edina Husic lays out burger buns. Most leftover foods are composted at the end of the day, unless they can be served again. “It seems like we do waste a lot of food. Overall the whole picture for school food service across the nation’s waste . . . it’s some astronomical number,” Food Service Regional Manager Kenny Witte said. “We actually are continuously improving and forecasting and are trying to make our menus more appealing and getting kids to eat more of the foods that we're offering, so that way we have less waste. It's improving.”

Addie Gleason and Ulaa Kuziez

February 26, 2020

Second lunch just ended. The cafeteria employees start to evaluate what can be served tomorrow and what will be composted. They walk over to the salad bar and compost all of the vegetables because they are considered contaminated and unfit to eat for a second day. “It's only two inches of product in [...

Students make an impact through Environmental Club

Picking up trash from outside of the cafeteria, junior and co-leader of the club Zoe Rutledge participates in the first Campus Clean Up Day. Environmental Club hosted its first Campus Clean Up Day in September, with the goal of raising awareness about trash left behind by students. “[Sustainability] is important because it’s definitely a more pressing issue than before,” Rutledge said. “It's easier to get a bigger impact if you have an organized group who's dedicated to that. So having this group of students who are all here to work towards bettering our environment, that definitely makes it easier to get stuff done.

Ulaa Kuziez, Convergence Journalism Writer

January 9, 2020

People around the world, particularly youth, are pushing their governments for change to combat the climate crisis. Through Environmental Club, students are participating in sustainability challenges and other events to raise awareness and make an impact in the school community. The club hosted its fi...

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