JF Kennedy / Richmond LPS Air Quality

May 31, 2018

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This semester, interns from LPS Richmond have been exploring the intersection of health, air quality, and transportation. They considered how fracking, oil refineries, traffic, and other components of the transportation system affect the environment. To examine how their school community affects air quality, they assessed the commute habits of students, staff, and teachers.

Using the data they collected from their survey, interns determined the tons of CO2 produced by...

April 9, 2018

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A flowering Western redbud.

It’s that time of year again, when trees bud and new leaves grow. As the end of the school year quickly approaches, this new growth is a reminder of the new experiences to come for our students, many of whom will be participating in summer opportunities or heading off to college come fall. When Richmond High’s Earth Team interns visited Wanlass Park at the end of March, they saw first hand how beautiful trees can be in the spring.

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A saucer...

March 9, 2018

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This week, Laura from Rails-to- Trails visited Kennedy’s Earth Team. Rails-to-Trails is a nonprofit that turns abandoned railways into trails for walking, biking, and playing. Laura took us through the process of developing the Richmond Greenway, explaining how they find opportunities for these transformations and why it takes so long to break ground on a new project. Students also enjoyed looking at before and after...

February 2, 2018

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This week, the Kennedy Earth Team interns participated in the Martin Luther King Day of Service organized by Friends of the Richmond Greenway. Several organizations hosted volunteer projects along the Greenway including The Watershed Project (TWP). The Kennedy students helped TWP in the never-ending battle against Bermuda grass and other weeds.

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This MLK day of service also celebrated the grand opening of Unity Park, a public space spanning several blocks of the Richmond Greenway. Unity Park is a result of significant community collaboration and...