Student Spearheads Food Waste Recycling Effort

In fall 2017, Sheppard Adamson, a Collegiate School 5th Grader, met with Middle School Assistant Head Lindsey Melvin to propose that food waste recycling be part of Village Green Fair, a spring tradition that serves as the School’s largest fundraiser as well as a fun community-building event. Sheppard was assisted by 5th Graders Cate Taylor, Kana Sakagami, Mary Mason Ingold, Georgia Eastep, and Adriana King as well as 7th Graders Emily Kantner, Ava Messer, Zoe Mintz, and Katie Adamson.
The 5th Graders were original members of the 3rd Grade Task Force that researched and wrote a proposal to the administration and business office to pilot food waste recycling in Centennial Hall in spring 2017.

As the entire School embraced food waste recycling in Centennial Hall and McFall Hall, Shepherd created and shared a presentation for Scott Carson, Director of Facilities Management and Construction, to suggest Collegiate continue its sustainability efforts during VGF as well.

As a result of Sheppard’s efforts and with the support of Collegiate families, staff and faculty, food waste from the spring 2018 VGF was recycled.