Students across Shelby County were rewarded with a trip to Lichterman Nature Center today. All because they made their schools more eco-friendly.
The trip was part of the sustainable schools challenge started by the group Clean Memphis. Students were encouraged to conserve energy at their schools through things like recycling programs, campus gardens, and nutrition classes.
The eight schools who spent the day at the nature center were rewarded with a bronze certification for their efforts, which ties into their everyday curriculum.
"All of the work we do is tied to their STEM classes. So their science, technology, engineering, and math content. It's a way for them to use local, real world applications to learn about the environment, but also to promote math and science. Language arts. All of those things," Clean Memphis executive director Janet Boscarino said.
The sustainable schools challenge began last year and now includes twenty different schools.
Some schools have already seen reduced energy costs anywhere between eight and ten thousand a year.
Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.