DPS Go Green News: Keidan Earns Points for Water Audit, Renaissance is in the Flow with Aquaponics

Keiden Scores with Successful Water Audit

The Rising Stars at Keidan Special Education Center have been working hard all year to keep their school green — from their dedicated recycling efforts to saving energy in the classrooms, these students are helping their school be sustainable and save money to boot. Most recently, students Samantha, Darius, and Javier from Ms. Hubbard’s 8th grade class performed a water audit to make sure the school isn’t wasting any water on things like leaky faucets and running toilets. After a thorough inspection, these students are happy to say they found no major leaks! Ms. Hubbard and Ms. Massingill, the two sustainability coordinators at the school, along with the office staff, are truly dedicated to the DPS Go Green Challenge mission and are also set on getting those GGC points!

Take a look at the photo below of Ms. Hubbard posing with some of the Rising Stars at Keidan Special Education Center during a patrol!

Renaissance gets into the Flow with “Aquaponics Project”

The Go Green Team at Renaissance High School is working diligently on their classroom aquaponics system to help them better understand the relationships between water, nutrients and sustainable food production. The team has recently introduced 50 goldfish to their tank, choosing a breed of fish that could be given away to interested students at Renaissance when the system is shut down over the summer months. This will also allow them to easily start with a fresh stock of fish in their system next fall.

The team has also already begun germinating seeds for squash and pumpkin that will likely be transplanted outside as they outgrow the system’s capacity. After a unanimous vote, the team has made plans to also start “salsa seeds” like cilantro, peppers and onions to enjoy in several months. Check out the photos of their progress.

Solar Design Competition Wraps Up with Awards Ceremony

Last week, Douglass Academy for Young Men hosted the Awards Dinner for the Solar Detroit Student Design Contest. The contest is a partnership between the City of Detroit and the Detroit Public Schools Go Green Challenge. It was open to all students who attend Detroit Public Schools. The contest challenged students from grades K-12 to imagine how solar energy can be a part of the revitalization of Detroit.

Winning students received a certificate signed by Mayor Mike Duggan and Councilman George Cushingberry – and a gift certificate to Edmonds Scientifics made possible by MGM Grand and the DPS Foundation.
The program included a presentation by the Bennett Elementary Bioneers who showed a video of their school going green and remarked that “The future is so bright for them, they need to wear shades!” Click here for a full list of winners with photos!

Submit YOUR News From the Schools!

Does your school have a great story to share with the other DPS Go Green schools? We’d love to feature you! You can submit a story that highlights your Green Team’s work directly by email to: DPS.gogreen@detroitk12.org or work with your AmeriCorps Green School Coordinators to develop the piece. Please include a photo or two to liven up your story!

Thank you for all that you do!

~DPS Go Green Team

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