Being green is everyone’s responsibility
December 2, 2013
By Nathan Dahm
With Liberty High School’s renovations well underway, a question is presented: What efforts are being made to make Liberty a more sustainable place?
Liberty’s construction is planned around incorporating materials that will reduce the carbon footprint of the school. The installation of two green walls — used to reduce carbon emissions and make use of slightly polluted “grey” water — exemplify features aimed at making Liberty a more eco-friendly school. However, innovative design is not the only factor that contributes to sustainability.
Although Liberty is already considered a more eco-friendly school than average, few students know about key things they could do to help reduce the school’s impact on the environment — an issue that “green teachers” are attempting to resolve.
“We have to have sustainable living if we’re going to continue to be on Earth,” social studies teacher Jessica Johnson said. “We’re trying to get the word out that [sustainability] is important.”
Composting food, and recycling batteries, ink cartridges, cellphones and various paper products are only a few of the programs Liberty offers. However, student awareness of the resources available is unfortunately still lacking.
“We want to make sustainability something that is beyond just an environmental or science issue,” science teacher Tracy Dennis said. “Building sustainable habits that are reasonable and make sense” are ways students can contribute.
Ultimately, the issue revolves around individual awareness, and the responsibility of his or her actions toward sustainability.