Tuscarora High School won the 2015 John W. Tolbert Jr. Environmental Achievement Award, the Leesburg Environmental Advisory Commission recently announced.
The award program recognizes students, community groups and individuals who conduct or participate in activities that benefit the town’s environment.
The commission chose the high school as this year’s award recipient for its innovative environmental science program that has helped spur several initiatives in sustainability.
One example of the school’s efforts is the reuse of excess printed paper to create notepads, eliminating the need to purchase new paper notepads. The school has also aided the plight of the monarch butterflies with a garden waystation on campus to help sustain the butterfly migration. A third initiative launched a new lunchroom recycling program developed and run by the environmental sciences classes.
“I am really impressed with Tuscarora High School’s creative paper re-purposing prior to recycling, which added considerably to the material’s life cycle,” Joseph Sanchez, chairman of the Leesburg Environmental Advisory Commission, said in a statement announcing the award. “And I applaud the butterfly waystation project. I know how difficult it can be to establish a functional planting designed to sustain other life. Well done.”