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The Office of Sustainability and EcoRise Recognize the Greenest of 2017
The 3rd Annual Student Innovation Showcase, held May 30 in Austin’s City Hall, wrapped up another year of discovery and creativity. Students from eleven schools set up exhibitions for 17 projects in the main atrium while smartly dressed student presenters proudly showed off their ingenuity and hard work. Participation in the Showcase is an honor for the students and the schools they represent. Student projects featured at the showcase were identified through student-led Eco-Audits of Austin-area schools. The audits measure the school’s use of energy, water, transportation, food, waste, public space, and air quality using scoring criteria and materials developed by EcoRise. Students then use the findings of the Eco-Audits to come up with projects that will address sustainability challenges for their school’s campus. Funding to implement this year’s projects was provided through the Office of Sustainability’s Bright Green Future Grants program. Projects are carefully selected for funding based on the quality of proposed solutions.