Brian Cooper

May 2012
Stanley Middle School, Lafayette

In his first year as a math teacher at Stanley Middle School, Brian Cooper found himself surrounded by collaborative and optimistic people who weren't afraid to ask questions and do some problem solving. A passionate group of 8th grade students met during their lunch break each week and created a plan to implement a new waste management system for the 1200 students on their campus. They conducted a waste audit with EarthTeam, met with members of Sustainable Lafayette, took council from WasteBusters, and learned from the practices of their friends at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School.