Going Green

In the projects featured here, students identify a prominent or fast-growing local industry or business, and then study the impact of its growth on the environment. Based on their findings, students propose ways to “green” the industry or business. Learn more about each project by posting questions and comments.

Shipbuilding has been an important industry in New England for centuries, and commercial fishing remains the lifeline for economic development and career opportunities for many communities. These students consider the pros and cons of these industries, especially in terms of environmental impacts, and they also share their findings on the long-term environmental and economic benefits of investing in “superfund sites.”

Through research and interviews of local women, these students think introducing the gadget that is made of wood and a blade and ‘upcyles’ plastic bottle into rope — see picture. They propose introducing the knowledge to build this devise to rural women in Pakistan as one way to tackle the plastic pollution problem while also addressing the rural economic development issues, especially among women in Pakistan.

These students have some great ideas for how two local businesses could be more green to improve the environment as well as their bottom line.

A tropical smoothie is tasty and, some say really good for you, but is it good for the environment? These students look at the environmental costs associated with a popular local hangout.

How can school cafeteria meals lighten up on harmful toxins and environmental damage? This video outlines new approaches to making the globe greener by re-thinking the lunch tray and other school lunch supplies.

Through a picture story book and an original song, these students bring awareness to the impact that local industries are having on the environment and outline possible solutions.

The firing of bricks in local factories is creating a wall of smoke.  Students at Nghia Hung A School interview factory owners and workers as well as local residents dealing with soot in their houses and lungs.  Consulting experts, they find that solutions are available, but are they viable?

Steelmaking creates both jobs and pollution. But as plants and houses are in close proximity, frictions grow between industry representatives and residents dealing with the health and environmental effects. Students investigate the issue from different angles and advocate that both sides sit down to craft solutions.

What to do about invasive plants clogging local waterways and a popular snack whose cooking method needs rethinking so that it’s good for the environment without sacrificing on taste? These students have ideas, but they would welcome input from their global peers—and teachers too!

All companies large and small can be more “green” in their practices. Scarsdale students offer their ideas for how these local businesses could become more green.


The students of SMPN 3 Sugio have acted locally to face global challenges, especially in the issues of climate change, health, and clean water.

An award-winning restaurant has built a loyal fan base with its delicious cuisine from around Vietnam. But students at Viet Duc High School are less enthusiastic about the restaurant’s clean-up routines. Here, they offer solutions for combining world-class dining with environmentally sustainable practices.