School’s “Green Club” Earns Recognition From Water Co.

EDISON — The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison received a $250 award from the Middlesex Water Company for its Water Fountain Replacement Project. Company vice president Bernadette Sohler visited campus on May 23 and met with members of the Green Club.

The club was seeking a way to reduce waste created by the number of disposable plastic water bottles generated by students. Older water fountains were replaced with “water bottle filling stations,” equipped with digital meter read-outs that show how many plastic water bottles have been replaced by students and faculty members using tap water. Students promoted their project through videos, bilingual fliers, and selling reusable water bottles to help build awareness for their initiatives.

Haley Needle of Scotch Plains, the president and initiator of Green Club, was responsible for motivating students and fundraising so that Green Club could contribute to the cost of installing the water bottle filling stations. The Green Club’s faculty sponsor for the first three years was Roland Marionni of Scotch Plains, who helped oversee the water replacement project.

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