CTE Spotlight – Environmental Technology

Three of our Environmental Tech students participated in a Salem Sound Coastal watch project from January to June. See the excerpt below Talking Trash for Clean Oceans article from the Salem Sound Coastwatch newsletter.

Rebecca Smalley, Lynn
Sadie Backstrom, Middleton
Dianna Garcia-Peguero, Lynn

Talking Trash for Clean Oceans – What a Commitment!

Talking Trash intern Rebecca Smalley shows younger Students about how plastic pollutes the water.

Eight high school interns met twice a week after school, from January through June, learning how street trash becomes marine debris, which pollutes the water.

The teens, who were from Salem, Beverly, Lynn, Danvers and Gloucester, developed these impressive community service projects:

  • They recruited two local restaurants to become  “ocean-friendly restaurants” — a project of the Surfrider Foundation. (No foam containers, no plastic bottles and more).
  • They met with officials and got the ball rolling on what will hopefully become a plastic bag ban in Beverly.
  • They recruited artists and got paint donated by Home Depot to create additional storm drain art in Salem, calling attention to the fact that storm drains carry trash directly to the ocean.
  • They placed fishing line recycling bins in several locations in Manchester-by-the-Sea.
  • They created a pilot reusable bag sharing program with a local grocer.
  • These teens are making a difference! We are very proud of their hard work and excited about the impact these projects are having on our communities.