In a beautiful green area within Mexico City, about 200 students from 11 schools presented their environmental projects at a Science Fair sponsored by Hometown Solutions in partnership with Pronatura, Mexico’s largest not-for-profit environmental group.
The schools were there as part of the Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education, which gives teachers creative methods to empower students to tackle sustainability projects in their schools. The program includes both in-classroom instruction and urban environment learning experiences.
“I am very excited to participate in the Science Fair,” said Cristofer Emiliano, a second-grade student, Technical School 54, shown above demonstrating his project. “I now know that it is important to take care of the world we live in, and to make others aware of what we must do to achieve a clean environment for all.”
Student projects included waste separation, hydroponics, green walls and houses, rainwater harvesting, and water savings. Seven of the schools received the Eco-School Green Flag, an international recognition of schools taking environmental action in their communities.
“We grew plants with a polymer called solid rain. This Mexican innovation can help us feed farm animals and produce eggs, milk, and meat with a low environmental footprint,” said Principal Armando Salgado, from rural school Technical School 56. “The skills we learned at HIEE will further our Eco-Code: ‘together we will make this a better planet’.”