Mt. Vernon biology, earth science, agriculture, and green team students were fortunate to hear a team from DePauw University present on environmental sustainability. The DePauw University Director of Sustainability, Anthony Baratta, brought students to Mt. Vernon High School and spoke on DePauw's high school initiative: sustainability leadership education which is designed to spur even more hands-on, experimental learning projects in Midwest communities.
The presentation included breaking MVHS students into groups and answering specific questions, such as "Cafeteria disposable items go to the landfill and you want to increase the number of reusable items; what do you do?" Other issues discussed included reducing energy bills at school, testifying on an environmental issue at the state legislature or city council, starting/improving a recycling program, and more. After each group's presentation, DePauw students shared how they have addressed that issue in their community. The DePauw presentation was aimed at inspiring students to start similar initiatives or to support/improve their existing environmental initiatives.
DePauw University is launching a Sustainability Leadership Institute on July 16 for 15 students across the state representing their high schools. Additional information can be found on the www.sustainabilityleadership.education