Throughout this school year, the Environmental Action Club (EAC) at Suffern High School has been quietly working on projects and initiatives to help our district and community be more responsible and aware of ways in which we can positively help the environment.
From hosting informative sessions and bringing in speakers during lunch at the high school, to participating in the New York Climate Solutions Summit and meeting with local lawmakers and officials, this group of dedicated students is committed to creating change.
Student leaders Arpitha Abraham and Anara Katz represented Suffern High School at the Climate Solutions Summit in October where they learned more about climate solutions from a local and societal standpoint, the steps to take to reduce the carbon footprint of individuals and a community and the state’s initiatives to become more energy efficient.
“One of the best parts of this summit was meeting other students, educators, and government officials from all over the state who had different levels of experience and a variety of ideas about this common issue,” noted Arptitha. “We saw so much enthusiasm and commitment to the environment in so many people and it was truly inspiring to push this movement forward.”
In December, the group met with Suffern officials to present the Climate Smart Community Initiative and tonight, Monday, January 6, they will speak to the Village Community Board on the state program that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. The program offers free technical assistance, grants, and rebates for electric vehicles.
The EAC has also been working closely with the Suffern Middle School Green team on the issue of paper vs. plastic vs. reusable lunch trays. They’ve presented to the Board of Education and continue to research options that might work for the District.