Foothill Elementary Takes Top Prize
When it comes to recycling, Foothill Elementary is one of the best in the nation. It won the 2013 Recycle-Bowl, an annual month-long competition among 1,500 schools nation-wide. Foothill students recycled 81,797 pounds of material, averaging 157 pounds per child. But those impressive numbers weren't anything special - they recycle like that all year long, says Sara Fuentes, Sustainability Manager for CIWA, Inc., a waste and recycling management company that helped the school district launch a zero waste program five years ago. Fuentes' team initially visited the school daily to do lunchtime training and build interest among the students, but now they know the drill and keep one another accountable. "Nobody wants to be the kid who puts stuff in the wrong bins," says Fuentes.