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May 15, 2020

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U.S. Green Buildings Council Honors MRH Middle School

USGBC honors MRHMS for anti-food waste practices.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 USGBC honors MRHMS for anti-food waste practices.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

1st Place:

A Green Wave of Change,
Crestwood Elementary (Lindbergh)

2nd Place:
Transportation Pollution Solution,
St. Margaret of Scotland

3rd Place:
Brown School Waste Warriors,
Brown Elementary (Hazelwood)

Middle School Category

1st Place:

RMS Earthletes Make Long-Lasting Change,
Rogers Middle School (Affton)

2nd Place:
Making a Difference in Our School,
The St. Michael School of Clayton

3rd Place:
Cafeteria Waste Reduction,
Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School

High School Category

1st Place:
Impact Challenge,
Principia Upper School

2nd Place:
'Not I, but We' Environmental Justice,
St. Joseph's Academy

3rd Place:
Reintroducing Recycling: Students Reduce Cafeteria Waste,
Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Spotlight Awards

Rookie of the Year:
KIPP Victory Garden,
KIPP Victory Academy

Sustainability Champion:
Bye, Bye Bags,
W.W. Keysor Elementary (Kirkwood)

Focus of the Year - Environmental Justice:
SLPS Can't Afford Styrofoam Anymore,
Bryan Hill Elementary & Columbia Elementary (St. Louis Public School District)

Judges' Choice:
Green Team,
Truman Elementary (Meramec Valley R-III)

Innovation:
Going Beyond,
Sunrise R-IX Elementary

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.