Under the Sustainable Marblehead umbrella, the Education Working Group partners with schools and community organizations assisting faculty, administrators, parents, students and leaders to raise awareness, develop environmental education programs and embed sustainability practices in their communities.
Partner with Schools
We collaborate with teachers, administrators and student leaders to offer programs and educational series to raise awareness of issues important to Sustainable Marblehead and the community.
Read how students made art out of trash in this article of the Marblehead Reporter.
We collaborate with SPUR, Pleon Yacht Club, Girl Scouts and other local youth organizations to clean beaches and educate the larger community on sustainable initiatives.
Read about our recent beach clean up with SPUR in this Marblehead Reporter article.
Reuse/ Reduce/ Recycle
We work with local schools to support the removal of polystyrene from cafeterias. We support the expansion of composting and recycling efforts in schools.
A tip for packed school lunches: To reduce waste associated with pre-packaged snacks, consider these reusable packing/wrapping options.
We share and highlight the good work, expertise and activities of those in our community who are doing really cool things with families and educators.
Become a Climate Action Hero. Also, consider writing to local leaders to encourage them to support beneficial environmental policy.
Microplastics are too small to see, but they are big enough for organic pollutants to stick to them, to leach chemicals, get ingested by sea creatures, and enter the human food chain.
Learn more about Microplastics by joining us for during Marblehead Ocean Week for 3 activities:
Microplastic Madness Screening, June 4–10, Online
Kids' Microplastic Workshop, June 10, 3:30–4:30pm, Riverhead
Microplastic Madness Q&A Panel, June 10, 7pm, Zoom
Created a quarterly newsletter in 2019, which increased to monthly in 2020. The newsletter is distributed to the Superintendent, Principals, Heads of Schools, teachers, Directors of preschools, and other interested members in the community as a means of sharing “big sustainable hits” in the community, including upcoming events, activities and other initiatives.
Developed and executed annual Earth Day and Earth Week programming for schools which included reducing and recycling of plastics, videos made by Marblehead High School student-leaders, suggested classroom activities for teachers, and volunteers in schools.
Mentored Marblehead High School Seniors with their Senior Project work.
Participated in the 2019 Marblehead Festival of the Arts Children’s Festival engaging more than 40 children in creating habitats out of recycled materials.
Led sustainable activities at the local Farmer’s Market.
Implemented Sailors for the Sea “Clean Regatta” program with Pleon Yacht Club for Marblehead JuniorRace Week; achieving “Platinum” status for Marblehead Junior Race Week in 2019 and 2020.
Coordinated and promoted a fun literacy and sustainability program, Green Paws, in the Children’s Center at Abbot Public Library.
Partnered with SPUR and Sustainable Marblehead creating and promoting a Beach and Ocean Cleanup Day in 2019, and multi-town clean-up in 2020.
Created and implemented a Children’s Fall Fair at the Hammond Center for families with young children.Over 150 adults and children attended and engaged with volunteers at 29 stations offering experiential sustainability activities. We had 14 vendors and volunteers from Sustainable Marblehead, local Girl Scout troops, and the Marblehead Veterans Middle School Cornerstone Club.
Participated in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School program. Coordinated annual Bike to School Days. Serve on Task Force with Sustainable Marblehead Transportation Working Group leaders, school administrators and Mass DOT Safe Routes to School representative to assess walker-biker-driver safety at Marblehead Village School.
First Wednesday of the month, 7-8:00 p.m. via Zoom
Elaine Leahy and Jennifer Lewis