Champions of the Environment Contest Winners, composting and mulching resources, and upcoming events!
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April 2016

A Message from Jane

Spring is the season of new beginnings.
One of the best things about my job is the opportunity to learn new things every day. I learn from students, teachers, community members, and recycling and sustainability leaders. This newsletter will feature ways we can all learn together this spring:

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Calendar of Events
Composting and Mulching Resources
RETHINK Contest Winners
Champions of the Environment Contest Winners
SC Green Step Schools Awarded
Jane Hiller, Education Director
Sonoco Recycling

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Learn how to give garbage new life on this interactive website!

Upcoming Events

April 1
Call your mentor(s) to set up a GREEN STEPS Team meeting before May 1 if you are one of the 19 schools in Richland or Lexington County who have applied to earn SC GREEN STEP School Awards this year. This program is designed for formal and informal educators to learn from one another and then help students take annual steps to improve their local environment. Learn more at
April 1
Entry forms due for Lexington County’s “Watershed-Sign-Design-Contest.”
The Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium (LCSC), in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, is offering a contest for students in middle and high schools in Lexington County to create signs that identify the four watersheds of Lexington County. Learn more.
April 6–May 6
On-demand webinar available to explain the application process for Farm to School Grants.
Each year, the South Carolina Farm to School Program awards schools with mini-grants to implement the four core components of Farm to School. In addition to grant funding, grantees receive technical assistance from program staff throughout the entire school year as well training opportunities that include a one-day workshop (Action Institute), Garden Workshop, and Culinary Training. Learn more.
April 9
Lexington County Recycles Day Event
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church
See the flyer for more information, and learn about other events.

April 11-15
Plant Sale at the Heyward Career and Technology Center Greenhouse
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
3560 Lynnhaven Dr, Columbia SC 29204
Note: Cash Only
April 14
EEASC “Seed Balls for Butterflies” Workshop
4:00 p.m.-5:30 pm
AC Moore ES, 333 Etiwan Ave, Columbia SC 29205
Register by RSVP to Jane Hiller at or (803) 779-0608.
Cost: Free to EEASC members; $5 for non-EEASC members
April 15
Entries due for the Midlands Recycling and Sustainability Group’s Video Contest.
Make a short video or PowerPoint presentation showing how recycling happens at your school. Submit to Winning entries (judged as both accurate and entertaining) will be posted in future newsletters.
April 22
Registration Closes for the SC Bird Bioblitz at Congaree National Park.
Scientists and volunteers can find more information and register online. 

Composting and Mulching Resource in Lexington County

The Lexington County Edmund Wood Grinding and Compost Facility is now offering FREE compost and mulch to Lexington County Schools for grounds maintenance purposes. For additional information, please contact Richard VanDerGeest, Recycling Coordinator, at 803-785-3340.

Midlands Recycling and Sustainability Group’s RETHINK Contest

Thanks to judges, teachers and the very creative students from area schools who participated in this contest. The top prize went to Leah McMahon and Mayah Rumpell from Catawba Trail Elementary School for their “junk art” butterfly.

See more pictures of their beautiful butterfly here.

SC DHEC’s Champions of the Environment Contest Winners

Four local schools will have funding to support innovative environmental education programs. Champions of the Environment provides resources and support to foster environmental education and action in South Carolina’s kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms. The program is sponsored by DHEC, International Paper and SCE&G, with assistance from the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina. Learn more

SC Green Step Schools Awarded for Outstanding Performance

Keep SC Beautiful recently named the SC Green Step Schools Initiative the 2016 Outstanding Performance Award Program of the Year. Congrats!
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