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Sawgrass Springs Middle School Students Enhancing Community Sustainability through Wheelabrator Symposium

Students to educate citizens at Coral Springs Earth Fest on April 18

Coral Springs, Fla. — (April 17, 2015) — As part of their participation in the 21st annual Wheelabrator Symposium for Environment and Education, Sawgrass Springs Middle School students are creating an educational campaign to inform Coral Springs residents about the dangers of plastic bags and promote the use of reusable bags.

The students have been collecting and analyzing data for several months and will share their sustainability efforts at the Coral Springs Earth Fest on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Wheelabrator Symposium challenges middle school students to research, develop and implement long-term solutions to local environmental issues, working with their teachers and Wheelabrator employee-volunteers. It incorporates STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts and provides students with an interdisciplinary view of environmental issues and solutions.

A team of 10 Sawgrass Springs students will present their findings to a panel of educators, environmental experts and Wheelabrator employees at the Wheelabrator Symposium for Environment and Education in Baltimore, May 4-7, 2015. Student teams from 13 schools across Florida, the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic will participate in this year’s Environmental Symposium.

“Our students are so grateful to be given the opportunity to participate in the Wheelabrator Symposium and work with the company’s professionals to make a difference in our community,” said Sawgrass Springs science teacher and Wheelabrator Symposium advisor Linda DeCarlo. “This program encourages our future leaders to apply concepts learned in the classroom to hands-on projects that make an impact in their neighborhood.”

Wheelabrator’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond its day-to-day energy-from-waste operations and includes corporate social responsibility programs designed to foster environmental awareness, education and community engagement. For 21 years, the Wheelabrator Symposium for Environment and Education has been a cornerstone of the company’s efforts to help build sustainable communities and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.

Headquartered in Hampton, New Hampshire, Wheelabrator creates clean, renewable energy from everyday residential and business waste. Wheelabrator has a current platform of 15 energy-from-waste facilities, four independent power-producing facilities, four ash monofills and three waste transfer stations. Wheelabrator has an annual waste processing capacity of over 7.4 million tons, and a total combined electric generating capacity of 768 megawatts — enough energy to power more than 645,000 homes. Wheelabrator facilities also recover metals from ash for recycling into commercial products. For more on Wheelabrator: