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MESA Places Third in statewide Chewonki Zero Waste Challenge

posted Apr 30, 2013, 5:09 AM by Jotham Oliver   [ updated May 2, 2013, 8:13 AM ]
 The Maine Environmental Science Academy would like to thank Chewonki for this wonderful opportunity to compete in the Zero Waste challenge.

We began this challenge by weighing our garbage, policing electricity wasters, and researching what materials were recyclable in our town. We found many areas that needed to be changed. 

Our main goals were to compost in our cafeteria, doing a better job at recycling, and reducing our carbon footprint. We accumulated a fleet of  used bicycles that we ride for all of our outings and field work.There not only great for the environment but for getting us to exercise also.

We were thrilled to discover that by composting in our cafeteria, we reduced our waste from 40 lbs of trash each day to only 2 lbs!!! The other 38 lbs consisted of food waste that we now throw into an 8x12 wooden compost structure that we designed and built ourselves, we also greatly improved recycling through out the school.

This is M.E.S.A’s pilot year and we can not believe how much we have accomplished. We want to give a big shout out to Tin mountain conservation center and Bryant pond for their support.

Our efforts will be a legacy we leave for the future Molly Ockett students and future generations and that in itself is a huge reward.

Thank you again, Chewonki for the inspiration to leave this planet better than we found it.

MESA's Chewonki Zero Waste Challenge




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