Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) developed the CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship in 2013. The scholarship recognizes students who have helped their school reduce waste by utilizing the tenets of the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. With this scholarship, CVSan hopes to foster environmental stewardship and leadership and to encourage students to take action in bringing environmental awareness to their schools.
2019/2020 CVSan Scholarship Winners:
CVSan will be announcing the 2019/20 scholarship winners soon.
2018/2019 CVSan Scholarship Winners:
CVSan is pleased to announce the winners of the FY 2018/19 CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship: Alayna Chinn and Chelsea Chan!
From left to right: Daniel Akagi, Board President; Alayna Chinn, CVHS senior and Reconnect President; Chelsea Chan, CVHS senior and Smart Environment Club Co-President
The scholarship winners were invited to CVSan’s Board of Directors meeting held on June 4, 2019. Environmental leadership was demonstrated by the scholarship winners through active membership in the Smart Environment Club at Castro Valley High School as well as volunteer work with the CVSan Green Hearts Team.
Chinn demonstrated her environmental leadership by creating, Reconnect Inc., a 501©3 non-profit organization that refurbishes and donates computers for students without one at home. Chinn created this club while in middle school and again as a non-profit when she attended Castro Valley High School. While at Canyon Middle School, Chinn also was part of the group of students that started the food scrap recycling program at Canyon and helped improve waste diversion. Given that Chinn believes that “it is now more important than ever for people to step up to become environmental stewards” Chinn’s scholarship essay explains what she believes an environmental steward should do now:
At a minimum: reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot on a personal level, in our homes, schools, and businesses. We must challenge our friends and families to join us in our efforts. But that can’t be all. We can make choices for greener homes, greener cars, and ultimately, greener lives.
Chan demonstrated her environmental leadership by serving as Co-President of the Smart Environment Club at Castro Valley High School, participating in educating students about recycling, organics, and reducing waste, as well as organizing recycling and organics containers around campus and coordinating Earth Day Clean-up efforts for the CVHS Garden. Chan’s scholarship essay described what environmental stewardship means to her:
Environmental stewardship, to me, means recognizing and prioritizing this precious relationship we have with our caretaker, the Earth, and taking everyday action to defend her rights. It means realizing the great power we each have as individuals to create the change we wish to see in the world. Whether this be taking a few extra seconds to sort your waste, taking public transportation to work instead of driving, or planting a seed; every action, no matter how minute or unimpactful it may seem, has a lasting effect on our planet.
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