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CVSan Student Scholarship
In 2013, CVSan developed the CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship as a way to recognize those students who are helping their school to reduce waste by utilizing the tenets of the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. The Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship is intended to foster environmental stewardship and the leadership of those students who are taking action on encouraging environmental awareness within their school.
Applications must be received by CVSan no later than 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018, no exceptions.
2016/2017 CVSan Scholarship Winner:
CVSan is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016/17 CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship: Vianca Zavala!
From left to right: Melody Appleton, CVSan Board President; Vianca Zavala, CVHS senior; Roland Williams, CVSan General Manager
The scholarship winner was invited to CVSan’s Board of Directors meeting on June 6, 2017. Environmental leadership was demonstrated by the scholarship winner through active membership in the Smart Environment Club at Castro Valley High School as well as volunteer work in the community. Vianca Zavala described the motivation to become an environmental leader in her essay:
The 4R’s are vital because they decrease the amount of waste in our ecosystem, and offer creative ways to reuse items, recycle your waste, and create rich soil for your garden. Whether it’s starting a community garden, a co-op an environmental club, or litter pick-ups, we set the example every day for those that do not know the importance of our land. Our earth’s health is directly linked to our own well-being. This mindset has helped me grow as an individual, as it has given me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and take steps to better our Earth.
2015/2016 CVSan Scholarship Winner:
CVSan is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015/16 CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship: Emily Liang!
From left to right: Ralph Johnson, CVSan Board President; Emily Liang, CVHS senior
The scholarship winner was invited to CVSan’s Board of Directors meeting on June 14, 2016. Environmental leadership was demonstrated by the scholarship winner through educating fellow students at Castro Valley High School. Emily Liang described the motivation to become an environmental leader in her essay:
If everyone would walk two more steps to the right or to the left and throw their lunch trays or unfinished food into the compost bins that are set out instead of the trash, we could prevent a lot of methane from entering our fragile atmosphere.
After [the waste audit], I started to become more aware of where I threw my trash, which led me to realize that I don’t really know which bins some of my trash goes in. That made me wonder if this was the case for all my other classmates, because of this I started focusing on creating presentations that educated the Smart Energy Club members about the power of recycling and composting and how to correctly compost and recycle.
Please see below for the winner of the 2014/15 CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship: Laila Birznieks!
Pictured from left to right: Dave Sadoff, CVSan Board President; Laila Birznieks, CVHS senior.
The scholarship winner was invited to CVSan’s Board of Directors meeting on June 2, 2015. Environmental leadership was demonstrated by the scholarship winner through participation in environmental clubs at Castro Valley High School. Laila described the motivation to become an environmental leader in her essay:
To me, environmental stewardship is the individual responsibility a person should take to respect the earth. This includes having a personal desire to go out of your way, no matter how small the action is, to care for our world. My experience in being the president of the Smart Energy Club has taught me that passion spreads quickly with enthusiasm…In Smart Energy Club, we know that education creates passion so we make it a point to have weekly presentations on environmental issues to educate students about environmental issues and what they can do to help solve them.
The two winners of the 2013/14 CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship: Madeline Hahn and Suzanna Chak!
Pictured above, from left to right: Daniel Akagi, former CVSan Board President; Madeline Hahn, CVHS senior; Roland Williams, CVSan General Manager.
Pictured below: Suzanna Chak, CVHS senior (middle); with Akagi (left) and Williams (right).
The two scholarship winners were invited to CVSan’s Board of Directors meeting on May 6, 2014. Environmental leadership was demonstrated by the scholarship winners through participation in CVSan’s Community Advisory Committee and participation in environmental clubs at Castro Valley High School. Madeline Hahn described the motivation to become an environmental leader in her essay:
I don’t think I even realized how much of an impact each person has on our environment until I attended a Davis Street Transfer Station tour sponsored by the Castro Valley Sanitary District. We looked at compost, recycling, clothes, but the image that stuck with me the most was looking into the massive warehouse full of “trash”. Things that weren’t put into the recycling or compost. I then imagined almost half of the “trash” in there disappearing. It could’ve turned into mulch to grow plants or trees to grow paper. The possibilities are endless for each small act of environmental awareness.