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SBHS APES Projects
updated: May 23, 2014, 7:53 PM

By The Green Academy

For the following three weeks, students in Jose Caballero's AP Environmental Science class at Santa Barbara High School will be taking their end-of-the-year project's to the community. The project, which is entirely designed and implemented by the students, is aimed at tackling local environmental issues and educating the public. All projects include independently designed web sites, fundraising, and networking with local businesses and organizations.

This year's projects:

Campus Cuisine will encourage and expand local eating in local schools. They aim to increase the availability of locally grown organic food served at school cafeteria's, and to help expand the role SBHS's garden in providing freshly grown fruits and vegetables for the school.

The Enviro-Minute Project will produce several short video clips to educate the public through environmentally friendly tips. Next year, a clip will be shown each week in the video bulletin at Santa Barbara High School. Each environmentally conscious tip will reach over 2,000 students on a regular basis.

Natives for Natives is committed to environmental restoration through the reintroduction of native plant species. They will educate the community about the benefits of native plants, including reduced soil erosion and natural disasters, improved soil quality, efficient water use, reduced need for chemicals, and increased resistance to invasive species.

Dons Against Drought will combat the local drought by educating the public on water conservation, distributing water saving mechanisms, and signing up homeowners for free city water audits.

The Pollination Station will promote native pollinators and bees by educating the public and local schools on the importance of pollinators, planting pollinator friendly gardens, and building beehive boxes to support local apiary education. They aim to raise awareness of the value of bees as pollinators of crops and producers of honey and wax for food and medicine.

Coast Conscious will use satellite images of Santa Barbara's coast to depict coastal erosion, kelp beds, and plant seasonality. They will also be creating an art piece revolving around these images.

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For more information, please contact Nicola Freeland at nikiafreeland@gmail.com or (805) 708-2179, or visit us at thegreenacademy.org

 

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