IC Bus, the nation’s largest integrated manufacturer of school buses, has been holding a little contest of late to name what it considers the greenest school in America. The results from this contest are now in, with the winner being announced as South Shore Charter Public School in Norwell, Mass. What got the attention of voters? As IC Bus puts it, “a group of dedicated 8- and 9-year-olds, a mock TV newscast [that can be viewed at the end of this story] and a tour of green initiatives around the school” won it for South Shore.
IC Bus, in describing the winning entry for the America’s Greenest School contest, said that “teacher Sarah Roberts’ class enlisted the help of some of the older students to produce a video entry that showcased South Shore’s top environmental efforts. The two-minute, 30-second video includes reports from around the school on environmental initiatives such as a vegetable oil-fueled van, recycling stations, composting area and their Waste Watchers program that features teams of students who help cut excess energy use.”
The winning school is being awarded a new hybrid school bus worth $200,000 and said to be up to 65 percent more fuel efficient than standard school buses while emitting up to a third less greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to this school bus, the school will get cash for class supplies, a $3,000 scholarship to be divided among the class and a $20,000 green audit/makeover for the school. Online voting determined the winning school, with nearly 1 million total votes cast.
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