Fairfax School Wins International Honor For Sustainability | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Fairfax School Wins International Honor For Sustainability

Play associated audio
Students and staff at Lanier Middle School show off their green flag award for sustainability.
Jessica Gould
Students and staff at Lanier Middle School show off their green flag award for sustainability.

"If we are a school that believes in best practices related to the environment, we should show that by what we do in the courtyard," says principal Scott Poole. "So we decided to tear it all out, replant it with indigenous species, so that it was more like a native forest would have been many years ago."

Now trees, bushes and flowers sprout from the courtyard, and a seasonal pond awaits the arrival of salamanders. Meanwhile, students have installed recycling bins, and removed light bulbs to reduce energy use.

"Schools are learning laboratories," says Laura Hickey, senior director of Eco-Schools USA at the National Wildlife Federation. "This is where students learn about life. And these are the next generation of environmental stewards."

The federation has given Lanier the international green flag award for its efforts to address waste, reduce energy consumption and improve school grounds.

"We're just kind of an ordinary school in Fairfax Count," says Carol Anderson, a student at the school. "Nobody really knows us, and now we’re part of something bigger."

And maybe, she says, Lanier's not so ordinary after all.

NPR

Centenarian Poet Was A Fearless Guide To 'The Country Of Old Age'

Poet and author Margaret Howe Freydburg died last week at 107; she wrote and published well past her 100th birthday. Her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie has an appreciation of a remarkable woman.
NPR

Margaret Hamburg Ends Six-Year Run As FDA Commissioner

Margaret Hamburg ended her run this week as one of the longest serving Food and Drug Administration commissioners in recent decades.
NPR

Sen. Robert Menendez Indicted On Corruption Charges

Sen. Menendez of New Jersey has been indicted on corruption charges. These are the first criminal charges brought against a sitting U.S. Senator in seven years.
NPR

Still Need A Lawn Yeti? Good News — SkyMall May Be Cleared For Relaunch

The in-flight catalog went bankrupt earlier this year. But its new owners say SkyMall catalogs might make their way back to airplane seatbacks soon.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.