(Photo: Pixabay)

(Photo: Pixabay)

Students bring topic of sustainability to school board

A call for more sustainable practices was brought to the attention of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meeting Monday.

Two Soldotna High School seniors from the school’s sustainability club spoke to the school board in support of introducing and expanding educational programs that promote practices like recycling and composting.

“When students start recycling and composting and are realizing the waste that they create when they’re younger, they’re much more likely to keep those practices going throughout their adult lives,” Soldotna High School senior Eve Downing said at Monday’s meeting. “My younger brother has an elementary school that practices recycling so he knows how to recycle. He knows the differences between number one plastics and number two.”

Downing said it’s important for the school board to set precedent that each school should have similar programs that teach students, from a young age, about the waste they create and where that waste goes. She said doing so is an investment in our future.

Downing, who helped start the sustainability club, said she saw a need and a desire within Soldotna High School to create a place where students can gather and learn more about how they can produce less waste at home and at school.

School board member Virginia Morgan said she hopes the school board can support the sustainability club’s efforts, making it easier for those efforts to spread throughout the district.

Sarah Mickelson, a Soldotna High School senior, also told the school board that students in the sustainability club are concerned about the future.

“We want it to be healthy and not trashed,” she said. “We want future generations to be educated about sustainability and we believe programs should begin when the students are young.”

Ben Boettger, a member of Kenai Change, also spoke to the school board about a proposal to enact a sustainability commission his group plans to bring to the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly later this year.

In November, the assembly approved a comprehensive plan for the borough, which calls for the creation of a sustainability commission. The proposal Boettger brought to the school board meetings asks the assembly to begin work in creating the commission.

School board member Mike Illg said he would be interested to see how the district can be more sustainable and how the district can work with the borough and community in finding ways to “be smarter and recycle.”

More in News

Trees with fall colors populate the Shqui Tsatnu Creek gully as seen from Fourth Avenue on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai to use $770k in grants to remove hazard trees along Shqui Tsatnu Creek

The money will be used to mitigate hazards caused by dead and dying spruce trees over more than 100 acres of city land

Alaska state Rep. David Eastman, a Wasilla Republican, is shown seated on the House floor on April 29, 2022, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
Alaska judge keeps Oath Keepers lawmaker on November ballot

Judge Jack McKenna on Thursday ordered elections officials to delay certifying the result of that particular race

An image purportedly from the computer screen of a digital media specialist for Gov. Mike Dunleavy shows numerous files and folders of campaign advertising. A complaint filed against the governor, plus other individuals and organizations, claims administrative staff is illegally doing paid campaign work on behalf of the governor. (Screenshot from complaint filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission)
Dunleavy faces more accusations in campaign complaint

Governor calls it “specious and unfounded.”

A recent photo of Anesha "Duffy" Murnane, missing since Oct. 17, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided, Homer Police Department)
A 2019 photo of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, who went missing since Oct. 17, 2019, in Homer. (Photo provided, Homer Police Department)
Calderwood indicted for murder

Indictment charges man accused of killing Anesha “Duffy” Murnane with first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault.

Triumvirate Theatre is seen on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Nikiski, Alaska. The building burned in a fire on Feb. 20 of that year. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai council gives Triumvirate more time to build theater

The Kenai City Council voted last summer to conditionally donate a 2-acre parcel of city land near Daubenspeck Park and the Kenai Walmart

Leaves fall at the Kenai Senior Center on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Senior Center makes plans for $715,000 endowment

The money comes from the Tamara Diane Cone Testamentary Trust

Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire
On Thursday morning at what police described as an active crime scene, JPD Officer Austin Thomas and Officer Taylor Davis walk the fielded area which was blocked off by crime scene tape. Multiple tents and a police vehicle sat in the field where the tape surrounded, another police vehicle sat in a dirt parking area.
No arrests made as Juneau death investigation continues

Shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday that a woman’s body was found

Damage from the remnants of typhoon Merbok can be seen in Golovin, Alaska, on Sept. 20, 2022. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has requested a federal disaster declaration for areas in western Alaska affected by the storm. (Photo by Jeremy Cubas/Office of the Governor)
Damage from the remnants of typhoon Merbok can be seen in Golovin, Alaska, on Sept. 20, 2022. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has requested a federal disaster declaration for areas in western Alaska affected by the storm. (Photo by Jeremy Cubas/Office of the Governor)
Repair work begins in some Alaska towns slammed by storm

About 21,000 people living along a 1,000-mile stretch of Alaska’s western coast were affected by the storm

Camille Broussard testifies in support of an advisory planning commission in Nikiski during a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Assembly approves advisory planning commission for Nikiski

The commission area as petitioned and approved covers just over 3.5 million acres

Most Read