Sustainability Spotlight - Compost Bins

As part of the Project-Based Learning class, Grade 4/5 students noticed that afternoon snacks were discarded as rubbish and that this was a missed opportunity to add to Prem’s composting at the farm. To tackle this issue, they installed bins in every classroom so the class can deposit eaten fruit to be collected for the farm for composting. So how does this system work? Students discard their fruit in a specially labelled bin that is then carried by the kind housekeeping staff to a central location. The compost collection truck then comes to pick it up every day.

This project was completely run by students: research, planning, purchasing, process organization, logistics, and communication. They learned (self-)management, how to create action plans and Kan Ban boards, how to use email effectively (and politely!), and how to create workflows and anticipate problems while working together.

Not only will this help the Earth, but this student initiative will also help Prem go for the prestigious Green Flag accreditation by moving toward more sustainable mindsets and practices.

 

Benjamin Freud, Ph.D.
Whole School Director of Teaching and Learning

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