Thank You For The Start, Matthew!

rachel-sharpeIn the summer of 2012, student Matthew Eng (Class of 2013) worked with EcoSource to formulate a plan to help with the waste at Mentor College. His main concern was that much of our recycling did not seem to be going into the proper recycling bin. His enthusiasm and perseverance resulted in a waste audit in November, 2012.

During the past year, the environment club has worked on reducing the amount of waste produced, helping students and teachers to understand how to recycle, and we have reduced our water bottle waste by more than 50%. Students presented the idea of hydration units, which include a sanitary water bottle filler, to the MTPA. The MTPA has since purchased eight hydration units for the three Mentor/TEAM campuses!

At Main Campus alone, the 2 hydration units that have been installed since the summer have saved more than TWELVE THOUSAND water bottles. To congratulate our success, and to recognize the hard work of our students, Ecosource awarded us with Green Change Champion Awards. Ecosource selected students Jessica Sun, Mairead Shaw, and Matthew Eng due to their efforts during the two waste audits. Matthew Eng was not able attend (since he is now writing final examinations at university).

Also shown in the pictures are some friends of Mentor, former Mentor mom Councillor Bonnie Crombie and SK teacher Mrs. Downes’ daughters, one of whom was also receiving a Green Change Champion Award. Congratulations on the hard work by our environment club!