The students on our Decathlon team at Presentation were already very passionate about sustainability before we started working with them. At the first meeting, they came up with a bunch of ideas for projects with minimal prompting from us. So while we may reinforce the importance of sustainability, our team has been self-motivated from the start.
One way the Sustainability Decathlon is having a ripple effect at Presentation is that the team is doing more outreach to their own school community. The Decathlon has helped them channel their efforts toward planning on-campus events that will educate other students who don’t know as much about sustainability. Today, the team is having a trash-sorting event to raise awareness at Presentation about the importance of recycling. Next Tuesday, they are having a belated Earth Day event that will hopefully create lots of excitement about sustainability on their campus. Emily and I are planning on attending, so it will be fun to see the final result of all their efforts and planning!