Going Green features high school students’ written and multimedia proposals for “greening” a local business or industry. These proposals are based in student investigations of opportunities for and challenges to promoting environmentally sustainable business practice while maintaining economic growth.
Students learn that a well-known Japanese soap and sanitizer company is taking steps to offset the problems its products can cause in far-away places. They interview company president and learn how their daily practices are connected to the singular habitats and animals in the Malaysian State of Sabah in northern Borneo.
Are businesses in your community doing everything they can to make their business environmentally sustainable? In researching their local wine shop, coffee shop, ice cream parlor, barbershop, and deli, the student teams from Scarsdale High School discover that it is not a deficit of desire on behalf of business owners, but lack of knowledge, resources, and direct responsibility, or the pressure to conform to regulations and corporate culture, that keep them from actualizing their green potential.
Seniors in Mr. Morton’s class excavate deep into the past, unearthing causes for mysterious collapses of ancient societies: the Rapa Nui on Easter Island, the Anasazi in the American Southwest, and the Mayans in Mesoamerica. They connect the use of resources and daily practices to societies’ survival, and find inspiration to make their own fragile Hawai‘ian economy and ecosystem more resilient through the local production of food.
Students in East Java see green in the local forests and the sought-after products that are the result of precious natural resources, skilled craftsmanship, and specialized tools from other parts of Asia.
Greenwich, Connecticut, is part of the Long Island shore community located near an important Atlantic estuary and fisheries. These Greenwich students focus their “Going Green” research on Fjord’s Fisheries, a successful local fish retailer. They will study the methods Fjord’s takes to support environmental sustainability, while still making a profit. Over the school year, they will conduct research, design solutions, and create a video of their findings so that these can be adapted and implemented at other fisheries around the world.
“Klok tok tok” is the sound of a way of trade that is being overtaken by a wave of globalization. Take a ride on klotok through the local floating market and hear klotok owners talk about how their livelihood is threatened, even though more tourists are coming to the area.