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EHS environmental team needs your support in video contest

Oct. 31, 2017 - The Project Earth team at Edina High School (EHS) needs your vote! Their three-minute video, called The Generation for Solar, is a contender in a video contest which would net the winner $1,000. The team already has ideas for how they’d use the winnings, but they can’t do it alone.

Junior Natalie Swanson, the group’s leader, heard about the contest from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS). “Our club was just getting started for the year, so the video was a great way to bring our group together,” she said. “Even though we had short notice, we worked as a group to pull a video together that incorporated many members of the club.” With only a week to submit their entry, the team completed their video and made the deadline. Now they need to earn the most “hearts” by the end of the voting period on Nov. 6.

The students’ video features many outdoor scenes from the Edina community and the Community Solar Garden, atop the city’s public works facility. Several students appear in the video with messages about the benefits of solar energy and the reasons why they support it, namely to protect the beauty of the landscape for future generations and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, among others.

The Project Earth team, is composed of about 30 students. “We meet weekly to discuss how we can take action on environmental issues in our school and community,” Natalie said. Paul Thompson and Mindy Ahler, from the environmental organization Cool Planet, provide support as a community partner, along with advisor Mary Fink, a Community Education Services youth development supervisor.

Project Earth is one of several Youth Serving Youth (YSY) groups at EHS. YSY, a program of Edina Community Education, offers extra-curricular activities that are service and social justice related. The groups and their initiatives are created and led by EHS students, reflecting the interests and passions of students.

Natalie said if they win the video contest the Project Earth team plans to use the money to improve recycling and composting at EHS and will look for solar energy opportunity in the school district, as well as other local environmental projects that need funding.

Learn more about the video contest here; view the EHS Project Earth video here – vote by clicking the red button under the video and registering to vote. Voting ends Monday, Nov. 6!