Go Green Contest Winners!

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is pleased to announce the winners of the Zoo’s Go Green contest. The winning schools are:

Center Avenue Elementary School , 6th grade class (Butler Area School District)

New Brighton Elementary School, 5th grade class (New Brighton School District)

Borland Manor Elementary School, 3rd grade class  (Canon McMillan School District)

Each winning school receives a free Zoo class at their school and the opportunity to display their projects at the Zoo on World Environment Day, Saturday, June 5. 

The Zoo challenged elementary schools in Western Pennsylvania to design projects that would encourage schools to incorporate “green” conservation measures in their schools to help clean up the environment. The schools chose from one of three categories: Green Tree Frog Award, Silverback Award, and Polar Bear Award.

 “We had great response. It was a tough decision picking the winners because all the entries were very good,” says Margie Marks, Curator of Conservation Education at the Zoo. “I think an important message was learned. All it takes is one small change in our daily lives. When we all do that, the real winner is our environment.”


Green Tree Frog Project:
Challenge:
Design and plant a garden, plant native trees at your school, or raise money for Arbor Day.
Winner:
6th grade, Center Avenue, Elementary, Butler Area School DistrictGo Green Club
Teacher:
Barbara Frantz
Project description:
  Sixth Grade students formed a new after school garden club. They researched native trees and plants, and planted trees on the playground. They submitted details of the before and after plantings on the playground.

 

Silverback Gorilla Award
Challenge:
Host a cell phone drive at your school. Accept all cell phones, regardless of age or condition along with all accessories, including the batteries.
Winner:
5th grade, New Brighton Elementary School, New Brighton School District
Teacher:
Mrs. Raso
Project description:  Students conducted a cell phone drive. They created collection boxes  and designed flyers for the school. The school’s 750 students participated and collected 62 cell phones.


Polar Bear Award
Challenge:
Reduce energy use at your school and help protect the polar bear’s natural habitat.
Winner:
3rd grade, Borland Manor Elementary School, Canon McMillan School District
Teacher:
Jennifer Weiss
Project description:
The students became energy detectives and encouraged other students to turn off their computers when not in use, and to walk or carpool to all activities. The students then encouraged their peers to be energy detectives at home too.