Bristow Elementary School's Energy Team is getting a boost to help develop an outdoor classroom near the vernal pond recently installed on school property. Bristow has received a $3,500 Environmental Education grant from SCA Personal Care, which has a plant on Louisville Road near Warren East High School. The grant presentation was made in conjunction with America Recycles Day, which was November 15.
The grant is a pairing of an environmentally friendly school with an environmentally friendly company. SCA is a global hygiene and forest-products company that develops and produces personal care products, tissue, publication papers and solid-wood products. SCA’s Bowling Green facility is the company’s first North American facility to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill status, which means that all of the waste from its production process is recycled and reused. Likewise, the three-year-old Bristow Elementary building is among the most energy-efficient buildings in the nation. Built with daylighting, geothermal heating and cooling, Insulated Concrete Form walls, and other energy efficiencies, Bristow is considered a "Net Zero-ready" building. Its energy usage is so low that installation of solar panels would allow it to achieve net zero-energy status, producing as much electricity as it uses.
Pictured are Energy Team members Tristian Bryant, Josh Carter, Chloe Williams, Maddie Johnson, Rylee Turner, Hailey Crow, Memphas Hite, Catherine Garmon, Faith Stockton, Grace Tunks, Makeal Sanders, and Shawn Spiekhout along with Energy Team sponsors Melissa Trent and Miranda Summers.