DeBakey High School students know a thing or two about the future. As HISD’s only healthcare magnet school, DeBakey is an environment designed for students with hopes of making a positive impact on the world around them, whether they dream of being doctors, nurses, engineers, or environmental scientists.Continue reading
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Elementary and middle school students celebrate Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Contest wins
In observation of Earth Month, HISD’s Energy and Sustainability Department held a contest intended to inspire creativity and environmental awareness by repurposing recyclable materials into art pieces. The department’s hope was that the contest would excite students and encourage a more active engagement with the environment and conservation both at school and at home.Continue reading
Fonwood Early Childhood Center celebrates Earth Day in style with an upcycled fashion show
Fonwood Early Childhood Center was abuzz with music and activity on Friday, April 22. This year, the school’s Spring Carnival coincided with Earth Day, and teachers and staff decided to combine the annual event with a fun and memorable recycling and conservation learning activity for pre-K students.Continue reading
West University ES celebrates Earth Day with Reduce, Reuse, Recycle initiatives
The students at West University Elementary School are recycling experts. They check the bottoms of plastic containers for identification codes. They know which items are eligible for curbside recycling and which need to be returned to the grocery store. They even know what to do to conserve water and energy. Their recycling know-how could give most adults a run for their money. West U staff and parents have made sure of this.Continue reading
Reducing waste by increasing awareness: HISD holds Reduce, Reuse, Recycle training event
HISD facilities and maintenance staff and plant operators gathered at Barnett Stadium on Tuesday, April 12, to attend a training event hosted by HISD’s Energy and Sustainability Department in partnership with Republic Waste. The training included a slideshow moderated by Republic Services Operations Manager Fernando Cedillo, who presented simultaneously in English and in Spanish.Continue reading
HISD students save butterflies through Monarch Heroes program
As clouds of monarch butterflies migrate south for the winter, many of them pass through Houston, where a special program allows HISD students to provide nectar-rich flowers and milkweed to nourish them.
Twenty-one HISD schools are participating in the Monarch Heroes program this school year, allowing students to create monarch habitat gardens to reverse the decline of the species.
The two-year program is part of the National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA Program, the nation’s largest comprehensive green school program.Continue reading
Piney Point ES receives National Wildlife Federation Green Flag Award
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Representatives from the National Wildlife Federation visited Piney Point Elementary School this morning to present the campus with the Eco-Schools USA Green Flag Award.
The Green Flag is the highest honor a school can receive from the NWF. Piney Point is only one of two schools in Houston to be recognized this year and one of three elementary schools in the state of Texas to receive the honor.
“Here at Piney Point, we truly live by our motto – Everyone Learning, Everyone Leading,” Principal Bobby Swaby said.
Lantrip ES winner of Earth Month 2017 contest
HISD’s Energy & Sustainability Department has announced Lantrip Elementary School as the winner of the Earth Month 2017 contest.
The annual Earth Month contest encourages schools to participate throughout the month of April in a variety of environmentally friendly activities in exchange for participation points. The group with the largest amount of participation points wins the grand prize – an outdoor classroom.
The contest aims to raise awareness about the environmental impact of HISD campuses and promote sustainable behaviors and actions that can reduce carbon footprints.
HISD schools receive top accolades in EPA’s Energy Star National Building Competition
School at St. George Place ranked top in nation for energy savings amongst K-12 school buildings
Nine campuses from across the Houston Independent School District were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for reducing energy consumption by at least 20 percent over the last year.
The schools were recognized in June as part of the EPA’s 2015 Energy Star National Building Competition Battle of the Buildings Team Challenge, which encouraged organizations across the country to compete in their efforts to reduce energy and water consumption.