In an effort to improve environmental sustainability at Catherine McAuley High School, and with the goal of educating its students, several projects are underway to ensure the careful preservation of our resources.
McAuley physics and environmental science students have partnered together to build – and produce – an innovative bike-powered milkshake/smoothie maker. This effort is part of a greater project: to help fund a water bottle filling station that will reduce the amount of plastic waste in the school. Milkshakes and smoothies will be on sale for the entire school community for the remainder of the school year – and next fall – with the goal of purchasing the water station then.
Additionally, three apple trees will be planted on the school’s grounds on June 19 with the ultimate intention of enhancing the nutrition of our students, as well as teaching responsibility for the maintenance and care of trees.
Lastly, a compost bin was recently added to the school’s cafeteria, product that will be turned into soil at the home of McAuley history teacher, Joe Wagner, who will use the soil as fertilizer for his apple trees. McAuley students will work with Wagner to produce and sell cider in the fall – with proceeds benefitting the Keep Me Warm fuel assistance program.
These projects come on the heels of a year-long McAuley initiative mirrored after the Sisters-of-Mercy-affiliated Pachamama Alliance, whose vision is to create a socially just, environmentally sustainable, spiritually-fulfilled human presence on this planet – A New Dream for Humanity (www.pachamama.org).