Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) is pleased to announce that Ciara Bolt and Grace Boyd are the winners of the fiscal year 2019/20 CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship. Bolt and Boyd will each receive a $1,000 cash scholarship. Both winners will receive a certificate of recognition at CVSan’s Board of Directors meeting May 5, 2020.
Bolt demonstrated her environmental leadership by serving as President of the Smart Environment Club at Castro Valley High School (CVHS), participating in educating students about recycling, organics, and reducing waste, as well as organizing recycling and organics containers around campus. Bolt was also an Intern with Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, completing over 60 hours of service during the Summer of 2019 to receive certification giving presentations on the environmental impacts of farming. Bolt’s scholarship essay described what environmental stewardship means to her:
To me, environmental stewardship is the responsibility for all to take part in the care and upkeep of our environment, whether that be in your backyard garden, a park that you frequent, or your own home. By leaving it better than you found it or striving to reduce your carbon footprint in any way that you can, any aspect of someone’s life can be a means to practice environmental stewardship.
Boyd demonstrated her environmental leadership by serving as an Intern with Earth Team while going to CVHS where she works on a museum exhibit to promote sustainability regularly participating in clean-ups and restoration projects. Boyd was also an Environmental Commissioner at CVHS where she led the school’s work on the Green Ribbon Program Application. Boyd’s scholarship essay explains what she believes environmental stewardship is:
Environmental stewardship is nurturing the planet the same way it has nurtured me my entire life” and that “the motto If not me, then who? has guided me throughout my life, especially in my care for the environment. Leading by example is a powerful way to make a difference and inspire a society of conscious nature lovers.
This is the sixth year CVSan has offered the scholarship to high school seniors. The scholarship is a way to recognize those students who are taking action and encouraging environmental awareness through waste reduction within their school and community.