McNicol Middle School Students Enhancing Community Sustainability through Wheelabrator Symposium

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — As part of their participation in the 21st annual Wheelabrator Symposium for Environment and Education, McNicol Middle School students are collaborating with the Brighter Future Foundation for a tree giveaway and campaigning to establish the City of Hollywood as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

On April 13, at ArtsPark at Young Circle, students educated residents on community sustainability and encourage them to have their home certified as a wildlife habitat. This certification, granted by the National Wildlife Federation, restores habitats in commercial and residential areas. If 300 homes are certified, the National Wildlife Federation will designate the City as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

The McNicol team will subsidize half the certification fee for each applicant and all event attendees will receive a complimentary tree to enhance community sustainability.

The Wheelabrator Symposium challenges middle school students to research, develop and implement long-term solutions to local environmental issues, working with their teachers and Wheelabrator employee-volunteers. It incorporates STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts and provides students with an interdisciplinary view of environmental issues and solutions.

A team of 10 McNicol students will present their findings to a panel of educators, environmental experts and Wheelabrator employees at the Wheelabrator Symposium for Environment and Education in Baltimore, May 4-7, 2015. Student teams from 13 schools across Florida, the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic will participate in this year’s Environmental Symposium.

“We are passionate about this cause and the students have fully embraced the mission,” said McNicol science teacher and Wheelabrator Symposium advisor Lara Ruddy. “Through the Symposium, Wheelabrator and its professionals have made a great impact on our curriculum by encouraging students to apply what they have learned to make a difference in the community.”

Wheelabrator’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond its day-to-day energy-from-waste operations and includes corporate social responsibility programs designed to foster environmental awareness, education and community engagement. For 21 years, the Wheelabrator Symposium for Environment and Education has been a cornerstone of the company’s efforts to help build sustainable communities and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.

Headquartered in Hampton, New Hampshire, Wheelabrator creates clean, renewable energy from everyday residential and business waste. Wheelabrator has a current platform of 15 energy-from-waste facilities, four independent power-producing facilities, four ash monofills and three waste transfer stations. Wheelabrator has an annual waste processing capacity of over 7.4 million tons, and a total combined electric generating capacity of 768 megawatts — enough energy to power more than 645,000 homes. Wheelabrator facilities also recover metals from ash for recycling into commercial products. For more on Wheelabrator, please visit www.wtienergy.com.