Sustainable Classrooms Provide Valuable Lessons for Local Students
MANTECA, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Manteca Unified School District selects Gen7 to host its sixth-grade Environmental Stewards.
In the district’s ongoing effort to encourage environmental education, the first Environmental Stewards were selected to create and implement a recycling program for their schools. The 40 sixth-grade students will spend the day at Manteca-based American Modular Systems, which manufactures Gen7 high-performance, eco-friendly classrooms. The event will take place at the AMS manufacturing facilities on October 21, 2010, from 10am – 1pm, at 787 Spreckels Avenue in Manteca.
Onsite, students will experience innovative techniques to start their own recycling programs and see firsthand how familiar items such as discarded aluminum cans and blue jeans can be reused to construct sustainable classrooms.
“By recycling at school, students can learn the basics of recycling, sustainability resources conservation and environmental stewardship,” says Victoria Brunn, Sustainability Coordinator for the Leadership on Green Initiatives Committee (LOGIC) at Manteca Unified School District. “We are partnering with Gen7 to show our Environmental Stewards how a sustainable classroom can provide a healthy learning environment.” LOGIC is committed to creating innovative teaching opportunities and programming to the district’s 24,000 students.
Co-Founder of American Modular Systems, Tony Sarich, is a strong advocate for sustainability education. “We have worked with LOGIC since its inception in 2009. While our company is transforming the way classrooms are built, we are committed to taking a leadership role in the community to encourage sustainable practices within each school. We want students and teachers to see the benefits of green schools while experiencing the number of hands-on learning opportunities these classrooms provide.”
Woodward Elementary student Andrew Brunn is excited to represent his school and is looking forward to his visit to Gen7 to learn how to start a school-recycling program. “By recycling, we can help the earth, stop global warming and most important, keep plastic out of the ocean so it can’t harm ocean life. I want my school to do what’s best for the environment and be leaders in the charge!”
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About AMS and Gen7
American Modular Systems (AMS), one of the largest modular manufacturers in the West, designs and builds commercial, institutional and educational facilities. With the addition of Gen7 high-quality, energy-efficient, eco-friendly classrooms, the California-based builder is helping communities create healthy, sustainable learning environments that will benefit students for generations to come.
About Manteca Unified School District
Manteca Unified School District has been recognized throughout the state as a leader in environmental programs. It achieved the honor of being the first school district in California to adapt the statewide Environmental Education Initiative, the national model designed to help prepare students to become future scientists, economists and green technology leaders.
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SOURCE American Modular Systems