Feature: Seeds Club Sprouts at M-A
SEEDS, a new club at M-A, hopes to improve the school’s green awareness by launching a compost program on campus and advocating for more efficient and sustainable developments. Mr. Powell, the club sponsor, says the purpose of SEEDS is to “diversify the people that are involved in studying ecology,” and though it is a program mostly found at college-level institutions, it is starting to grow throughout high schools.
SEEDS was created last year by the AP Environmental Science class. They renovated the garden at the end of the C wing from piles of dirt and gardening tools to planter boxes full of thriving plants. SEEDS also worked on improving our recycling program by making sure that recycling bins were provided in all the classrooms at M-A.
Last year, SEEDS helped bring awareness to the volume of waste produced every day at M-A, as members displayed trash found in school garbage bins onto the green. To help explain the message that they sought to convey, they wrote out facts about ecology and waste management using chalk on the patio grounds.
For this coming year, the club has some particular goals in mind. Sabiha Viswanathan says, “Our goals for this year are to really head a lot of community service and implement a lot of new things at the school.” The club hopes to continue and add to the recycling program, while also adding a compost program. Mr. Powell adds that he would like to see the speedway using compostable utensils and plates, and hopes that the club can help to eliminate disposable plastic and Styrofoam on campus.
Sabiha also mentions running an energy audit to see how much energy the school uses. They hope to see how much money the school can save while using more efficient ways. That way the school can become more energy efficient while saving money.
Interested in joining? SEEDS meets on Wednesdays at lunch. Senior Sabiha Viswanathan sums up the club, saying that “[SEEDS] tries to promote better environmental practices throughout the school.”