Student Hacktivists Create Watershed Solutions for LA Schools

This May, students from diverse communities across LA County gathered at Walt Disney Studios to participate in Generation Earth’s Streets to the Sea Challenge. The top performing teams had the opportunity to experience forward-thinking presentations on sustainability, as well as present their solutions to a panel of judges.

These kids got fired up!

 

Generation Earth, an environmental education program of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works presented by TreePeople, designed the challenge to inspire students to “hack” a stormwater pollution prevention plan to keep waterways and oceans clean.

An example of one school’s water audit.

An example of one school’s water audit.

The challenge involved teams of five students, led by an adult supervisor, to complete an audit of the watershed of their school. Together, they created innovative solutions that could be activated on their campus.

Edward Murphy, TreePeople’s Service Learning Projects Manager, Watershed Specialist

Santana High School representatives – winners of the high school division.

Santana High School representatives – winners of the high school division.

The competition was tight, as each group presented insightful and interesting prevention hacks. In the end, however, Hughes Middle School and Santana Continuation High School brought their A-game and took home the grand prize: a field trip to the Floating Lab in Long Beach.

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TreePeople sends its congratulations to each of the student teams involved on their inventive ideas and hard work and are impressed by their accomplishments. We’re encouraged by the positive impact Angeleno’s youth are making in their communities and look forward to seeing them grow into LA’s next generation of sustainability leaders!

Each team in attendance was presented with a stunning award, made of recycled glass.

Each team in attendance was presented with a stunning award, made of recycled glass.

Want to get involved? Visit our Action Center to find resources about how your school can help create a sustainable LA.

Erika Abdelatif is TreePeople’s Social Media and Digital Content Manager. When she isn’t creating a climate-resilient LA via the Facebook, she’s probably writing in a coffee shop, infesting the internet with memes, or watching an open mic.