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Curtis Enviro Club Gets Sustainability Lesson From The Pros

In honor of Environmental Education Week, the students learned about waste recycling and energy efficiency from Eirik O'Neal with Sound Environmental Consulting. They also got an up-close look at his electric car.

The Curtis High Enviro Club got a real-life lesson in environmentally friendly practices today.

The students chatted with Eirik O'Neal and Jay Donnaway of Sound Environmental Consulting here in University Place. They learned about recycling and other sustainability efforts in the South Sound.

Then, the group got an up-close look at sustainability on four wheels, as Donnaway gave them a quick primer on his electric car, a Mitsubishi iMiev EV, an electric smart car that emits only approximately 30 percent of the carbon dioxide of a gasoline minicar.

The Enviro Club, which has been , got the chance to meet with the environmental pros after its advisor, Janet Higbee, asked O'Neal to visit. The two are members of the Green UP Advisory Committee, which is working to develop a sustainability plan for University Place.

The students themselves are no strangers to environmentally practices, however. Their efforts include a compost garden at the high school's campus and a worm farm.

The next step will be getting the city, school district and other agencies to make bigger efforts toward sustainability.

Great job club. Keep up the environmentally friendly work.

Brent Champaco April 19, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I had a great time out there today. Compliments to Janet Higbee and Eirik O'Neal for making it happen.

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