THE BIG GOALS:
1. Net ZERO Waste by 2030
2. Student-led Environmental Initiatives
3. Foster Community Strength
As it stands, our current rate of consumption is unsustainable. While climate change and the detrimental effects of pollution continue to endanger our planet, immediate implementation of environmental policy within the Beverly Hills Unified School District is crucial. The potential impact of having zero net waste in BHUSD by 2030 stretches far beyond just conserving our resources and minimizing pollution, it would also have direct fiscal benefits as well. Composting and recycling are some of the fastest, most cost-effective strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Zero waste also encourages a circular economy by enabling job creation and strengthening community bonds. Ten times more jobs are created through reducing, reusing and recycling than through trash disposal. These benefits are attainable through student-led environmental initiatives such as composting at the school’s garden and education regarding the importance of zero waste. I practice waste-reduction at home, have toured a local recycling facility, and participated in multiple community green initiatives, so I can personally tell you that not only is this goal feasible, but it is also a way to strengthen our community.
Designating students to be at the forefront of these types of projects would cultivate leadership skills, greater community involvement, partnerships, and innovation. Achieving zero net waste by 2030 in the BHUSD would put us as the leading example of what will soon become the new normal of an environmentally conscious society.