U.S. Green Buildings Council Honors MRH Middle School
Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School took high honors in the annual Green Schools Quest, sponsored by the U.S. Green Buildings Council.
The Green Schools Quest is an annual project-based challenge to PreK-12 schools to implement creative, effective and low-cost sustainable practices at their schools with the help of a Green Mentor. Sixty-eight school and mentor teams in the Missouri Gateway region participated during the 2019-20 school year, and 44 of these schools submitted materials detailing their work to be reviewed by a panel of impartial judges.
MRH Middle was singled out for initiatives to reduce cafeteria waste. Students explored food systems, environmental impacts of industrial agriculture and food waste, collected data and conducted surveys and proposed interventions including "Energy Release" (physical activity time) before lunch and a lunch competition.
A special shout-out goes to Melissa Breed-Parks, Ben Nims and Carley Cook's sustainability classes that collaborated on the project.
You can watch the USGBC's awards video here.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Elementary School Category
A Green Wave of Change,
Middle School Category
RMS Earthletes Make Long-Lasting Change,
High School Category
Rookie of the Year:
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.