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The Official Blog of the 2009 Sustainability Decathlon

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Reflections of participants in the 2009 Sustainability Decathlon

  •  Mid-point reflections

    Thursday, Mar. 12, 2009
    rosesm

    Because I came into the class this quarter as an environmental studies student, I felt that I was pretty knowledgeable in the area of sustainability. What I did not expect what that the students I was going to be working with would be so knowledgeable as well. Not only were they the winners of the 2007 Decathalon, but they also are self-motivated and have a humorous group dynamic that allows for creativity to flow, even though they are extremely modest.

    There is an aspect now in my mind when I think of sustainability that includes a community working together, as opposed to individual efforts that are combined. I think I underestimated the ability of a group with motivation to not only make big plans, but also to demonstrate the actions needed to accomplish the plans.

    I received an e-mail on Tuesday from Brian, a member of the team, giving us an update of what they’ve done since the past meeting, and not only have they accomplished the smaller tasks, but they also created a comprehensive list of what is needed for their large project. All I can say is that I cannot wait to continue working with this group of students next quarter.

  •  Mid-point reflections

    Thursday, Mar. 12, 2009
    traceysm

    It has been rewarding to participate in the Sustainability Decathlon this quarter. There have been ups and downs, but everything has been a useful learning experience. My experiences working with Saint Ignatius and Silver Creek High School have been unique and challenging in different ways. Both schools have some really exciting projects planned for the Sustainability Decathlon. It seems to me that if I were to sum up this quarter in one sentence, it would be that the majority of the time it has been spent preparing for the implementation of project ideas.

    I am especially excited for spring quarter to start so we can start to see projects happen! Also, I cannot wait to see the final presentations in May, especially because I did not get to see them the last time I participated in the Sustainability Decathlon! It seems to me that it is very important for these students to have the opportunity to showcase all of their hard work.

  •  Mid-point reflections

    Thursday, Mar. 12, 2009
    kristinsm

    The freshmen and sophomores in Mr. Dowling’s first period biology class have proven to be true Chargers (Wilcox’s beloved mascots) since the beginning of the Sustainability Decathlon competition. Intrigued by challenges and proactive in their actions, the students have developed ideas, plans, and projects through independent collaboration and hard work to meet the requirements of the 10 Sustainability categories.

    Divided into six teams, yet united by goals, the students have focused their efforts on a few key areas for the decathlon. Needless to say they have not only blown away their mentors, but it is likely the will blow away the competition as well! Some of the work done on their respective projects has been done during class time, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Dowling, but much of it has been done independently and outside of class as well. The students have been very aggressive in setting goals and coming up with a variety of projects, and so far have followed through on the majority of their plans, all with much support from their teacher, mentors, faculty/staff, and fellow peers.

    Team Wilcox has big plans for making sustainability a central aspect of their campus life, first by winning this competition!

  •  Mid-point reflections

    Thursday, Mar. 12, 2009
    laurensm

    I had a great time participating in the Sustainability Outreach project this past quarter. My partner, Diana Tarantino, and I were mentors at San Jose High School and enjoyed going to visit and work with the Environmental Club on campus and their instructor, Alex Rudnick.

    The school just recently started their Environmental Club and the students in the club were very eager to start making sustainable changes on their campus. It appeared that the students had a general understanding of what sustainability is and what they needed to do to be more sustainable on their campus. They also felt it was important to educate others in the community about living sustainably. Diana and I realized any projects and changes these students made would be very rewarding and would have a great impact on their school.

    I am very excited with the club’s progress so far and I look forward to working with them next quarter! I am anxious to see the results and impacts of their hard work and efforts to implement a recycling program and become a more sustainable campus.

  •  Mid-point reflections

    Thursday, Mar. 12, 2009
    laurasm

    Participating in the Sustainability Decathlon has been a really cool experience for me so far. At the start of the quarter I was new to the program and I didn’t really know what to expect. But as we started to explore the toolkit and learn what the Sustainability Decathlon is all about, I realized what a good idea this program is. It provides momentum for high school students who care about sustainability to get started on projects, and it’s meaningful for everyone involved—the students, faculty moderators, and the SCU student mentors, of course!