Press Release: Rochester Students Examine Best Practices for Green Cleaning and Recycling

Rochester, VT –White River Solid Waste Alliance is continuing their school outreach efforts again this year. As part of their Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP), they have engaged NRRA (Northeast Resource Recovery Association) to provide four workshops and two technical assistance trainings for Rochester School. The Alliance’s goal is to assist schools in their region to become compliant with Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, Act 148.

NRRA’s School Recycling Club Educator, Charen Fegard, presented four classroom workshops on: Healthy Home/Clean Waters, Waste=Global Climate Change, Back to the Earth (Composting), and Recycling & Composting in Your Town. Students for fourth, fifth and sixth grade attended the workshops, held on November 13.

Also, on November 13, two technical assistance trainings were held at Rochester School. Ms. Fegard conducted a Star of Sustainability Assessment, NRRA’s proprietary school recycling inventory and review. She also conducted an Indoor Air Quality and Green Cleaning review with the custodial staff, consisting of a comprehensive inventory and analysis of cleaning products and practices used in the school. Many thanks to Jessie Potter, Head of Maintenance, for taking time from her busy schedule to assist with the evaluation.

Special thanks also to the Rochester School teachers and staff for their support and flexibility due to challenging weather conditions, and most especially Principal Bonnie Bourne, for making this event successful.