A Catholic Climate Covenant small grant awarded to Notre Dame High School in Elmira, New York was used the funds to purchase a greenhouse and a compost bin.
As part of his Eagle Scout project, one of the students organized a community effort to build the greenhouse. The school has been using the greenhouse to grow plants for their campus Monarch Habitat. They dedicated the greenhouse to a former teacher and administrator who has been very devoted to Catholic education, particularly in life sciences.
The school will continue to use the greenhouse to support their Living Environment, Advanced Biology, and Environmental Science classes. Their next step is to expand the monarch garden, and hopefully start planning a vegetable garden. In the upcoming school year, they also plan to partner with the cafeteria to compost kitchen waste.