This group of high school students, from 21st Century Schoolhouse, have been learning about Pringle Creek and sustainability–with the help of Sustainable Living Center’s James Santana. The students are heading for Hong Kong on July 4 to give presentations about sustainability at the 21st annual conference put on by Caretakers of the Environment International. The Sustainable Living Center is providing some sponsorship funding for the trip; in exchange the kids have been restoring the greenhouses and working in the gardens.

Caretakers of the Environment International is “a global network of secondary school teachers and students active in environmental education.” The network intends to be “a podium for teachers and students to exchange concerns, ideas, strategies, actions and projects in the field of environmental education.”

The group is under the guidance of teacher Ryan Kinnett, and from the OSU Extension Service – Sustainable Communities Program (under the guidance of Dan Hoynacki and Americorp Volunteer Tim Donovan). For the presentation, each member has a subtopic (examples: “an edible landscape,” “green streets). This week they will be doing a “dress rehearsal” of the presentation here in Salem. Good luck, kids, and have a great experience in Hong Kong.

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