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Nest holds bath bomb workshop

Brogan Berg, who makes environmentally-friendly bath products, assists junior Aaliyah Brown in making a bath bomb March 12. The Nest hosted an eco-friendly bath bomb making event as a part of a new series focusing on preserving the environment in the coming months.

Molly Schochet and Ruthie Posada

March 14, 2020

Bath bombs have the ability to relax and relieve stress, but they are also environmentally friendly, which is why the Nest held a bath bomb making event March 12 as a part of a series focused on preserving the environment, according to Nest program coordinator Symone Wilson.  “We have an eco-frie...

Roots and Shoots looks to improve Park’s recycling program

Juniors Zoe Frank and Keely Bernstein discuss the new Roots and Shoots video Feb. 24. The club wants to debut the video about recycling in the upcoming months.

Sadie Yarosh

February 27, 2020

At the Roots and Shoots meeting Feb. 24, the group discussed ways to create a video that informs students and staff about the recycling process and how to improve it, according to junior and member Thor Anderson. “The project we are working on with the administration (is) to help the recycling p...

Straws by request will create environmental impact

Art by Sophie Livingston. In an attempt to reduce straw waste and help the environment, the straws by request amendment was added to the Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance. The straws by request amendment went into effect Jan. 1.

January 17, 2020

In an attempt to reduce the amount of plastic used by consumers in St. Louis Park, the straws by request amendment was added to the Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance, which went into effect Jan. 1. Under this amendment, food establishment personnel are required to wait for a customer to request a straw rathe...

Roots and Shoots starts year off strong

Roots and Shoots President Zoe Frank discusses with the club about future plans. The next meeting will be taking place Oct 22.

Tennam Gyaldatsang

October 22, 2019

According to junior Thor Anderson, Roots and Shoots has increased student involvement and awareness.  “I would say there are a lot more people in Roots and Shoots, which is really good because there are more people interested in this type of thing,” Anderson said. “We are more organized, we ...

Roots and Shoots plans climate change walkout

Junior Thor Anderson discusses future plans with Roots and Shoots Sept 17.  According to Roots and Shoots junior President Zoe Frank, the Roots and Shoots climate walkout will begin after school Sept. 27.

Colin Canaday

September 26, 2019

In response to the lack of awareness regarding the youth climate strike which occurred Sept. 20, there will be another climate change walkout Sept. 27, according to junior Roots and Shoots President Zoe Frank. “People around the nation know there are international walkouts this Friday on Sep. 2...

Roots and Shoots presents to School Board regarding climate action

Senior Roots and Shoots member Rachel Mattson speaks in front of the School Board March 25. According to Mattson, people were respectful in response to the presentation.

Marta Hill, Emma Leff, and Noah Orloff

March 31, 2019

After Roots and Shoots presented to the School Board regarding the school district’s involvement with the Climate Action Plan, senior Katie Christiansen, who is the club's leader, said she felt optimistic about the reception within the community. “It felt like we were really in a space to start a conversatio...

Green New Deal oversteps

Art by Maggie Klaers

Henry Brettingen

March 20, 2019

Climate change has long been an issue politicians have struggled to find long-term solutions to. The Green New Deal is no exception. It is nothing more than an idealistic wish list that fails to account for the constraints of reality. Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey released ...

Artist uses beeswax to raise environmental awareness

Noah Orloff

March 3, 2019

With the viewpoint of pollinators in mind, mixed-media artist Jodi Reeb said she created her exhibition with the goal of spreading information about environmental issues. “I wanted to create some artwork that would call attention or raise awareness about the dilemma that is happening with our bees,...

Roots and Shoots prepares for local outreach

Senior Roots and Shoots leader Katie Christiansen and sophomore member Zoe Frank discuss the club's upcoming residential and business outreach plans during a meeting Feb. 5. According to Frank, Roots and Shoots meets on Tuesdays.

Amaia Barajas, Jenna Cook, and Noah Orloff

February 11, 2019

Sophomore Roots and Shoots member Zoe Frank said Roots and Shoots currently has a responsibility to make sure the Climate Action Plan’s expectations are met. “We talked about new ways we can help implement solar energy and renewable sources, which will help achieve the Climate Action Plan’s...

Staff Editorial: MN Can’t Wait rally should inspire action

Gov. Walz speaks to a room of climate activists including students from across Minnesota Jan. 9.

January 17, 2019

With issues such as climate change, student activism is essential to impact politics. This is why the Echo Editorial Board applauds MN Can’t Wait’s campaign. The student-led organization, MN Can’t Wait, held a rally and discussion to take action against climate change, at 4 p.m. Jan. 9 in Gov....

Road salts should be banned

Photo illustration by Emma Leff

Emma Leff

December 21, 2018

Every winter, approximately 365,000 tons of de-icing materials are dumped onto roads, driveways and sidewalks in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Although this improves traction on these surfaces, it puts the environment and pets at risk. The use of road salt needs to be s...

Roots and Shoots presents school staff with new recycling initiative

Sophomores Claire Bargman, Zoe Frank and junior Amelia Ryan share about the new recycling program being implemented to the Park staff members. A goal for the climate action plan is to reduce solid waste by 50 percent by 2030.

Katie Hardie and Sadie Yarosh

November 18, 2018

According to Roots and Shoots leader Katie Christiansen, it is important the school is changing its recycling plan because it shows the dedication students at Park have concerning the environment. “It reflects what students care about, as we’ve seen in the students’ initiation (and passing...

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