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A greener future for Austin students

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by Tai Moses

Fifty-eight Austin schools will receive funding to implement 70 sustainability projects involving over 30,000 students, says the city’s Office of Sustainability, which awards its Bright Green Future grants for projects that offer students hands-on lessons in environmental stewardship and have benefits for the community. The winning projects include organic gardens, wildlife habitats, composting systems, rainwater harvesting and reducing light pollution. Five different school districts including AISD, Round Rock ISD, Georgetown ISD, Leander ISD, and Del Valle ISD, as well as some private schools, the Travis County Juvenile Justice Alternative and the Texas School for the Deaf, received BGF grants. Said Chief Sustainability Officer Lucia Athens in a release announcing the grants, “As Austin continues to seek innovative solutions to address climate change and preserve nature in the city, fostering sustainability thinking and practices in the next generation of Austinites is critical. These are the leaders of tomorrow. The large number of creative projects proposed by teachers and parents should give us all hope for a resilient future.” See the entire list of projects here (PDF).

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