As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, we are happy to conclude that the push for carbon neutrality at West High School, and the Madison community at large, has experienced an immense growth in momentum. Representing a microcosm of a growing worldwide environmental movement, Project Solis has garnered over $50,000 since the beginning of the school year, with a current balance of over $140,000 that far surpasses its initial goal . These funds were raised from a combination of individual donations, grants and community fundraisers, and will allow for a rooftop solar array of over 100 kw.
In addition to making great strides in renewable energy this year, West Green Club also achieved progress towards our goal of a zero-waste school: we installed educational posters throughout West High detailing proper recycling practices, created an art installation using recycled materials, and recycled thousands of pounds of electronic waste at our two e-waste drives.
Finally, we are grateful to have collaborated with many local groups, businesses, and schools to help spread awareness for our initiatives and educate others about the merits of sustainable practices. Such organizations include Goodwill, Sustain Dane, 350 Madison, Bloom Bake Shop, The Lincoln Elementary Green Team, and more.
We would like to thank the Madison community for supporting our many projects over this past school year and proving that young environmental leaders have not only the ability, but also the necessary support to help shape a sustainable future. We are ecstatic to see what the future will bring for Madison West Green Club.