My name is Alyssa Fraser, and I am a Green Scholar at Manchester Essex Regional High School in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. I am fortunate enough to have access to many sustainable attributes that make Manchester Essex High School a steward in sustainability and one of the greenest schools in our state.

Alyssa-e1411139294889-75x100Learning in a green school everyday forces me to conform to the environmental standards of today. Composting and single stream recycling is an essential and effective program in my school. Manchester Essex High School has twenty-seven compost bins scattered around the school and recycling bins in every room. Our Green Team has diverted the school’s waste to composting and recycling, on average reducing our trash output by 75% or more each year.

I am excited and grateful to be able to learn in a sustainable school environment. Manchester Essex offers a new community-based program that integrates environmental education, 21st century skills, and teaches from an E-STEAM (environment, science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) curriculum. Since the beginning of the 2014 school year, Green Team Scholars and interns, including myself, have fully immersed ourselves in high level, engaging environmental projects. One of our primary initiatives this year is to learn how to write grants to fund our program.

For me, participating in a green school and the green schools movement allows me to make a positive impact on my community. My high school has allowed me to immerse myself in community-based environmental service projects. Because of my experiences I have faced many challenging obstacles that have taught me how to adapt and reciprocate in an efficient manner. Working as a Green Scholar has opened up my eyes and has allowed me to expand my skills and knowledge in environmental efforts.