WMEAC encourages people of all ages to educate themselves and others about the importance of our natural surroundings in combating carbon emissions. The 8th grade class at New Tech School in Holland is doing just that: through research, testing, and analysis, these students completed a detailed presentation that addresses the question “What is the worth of Prospect Park?”
The New Tech students went above and beyond their research by creating a brochure that informs Holland community members of Prospect Park’s value in terms of carbon and carbon’s role in climate change. Their results reveal that, without the trees in the park, emissions from the surrounding area would potentially contribute to climate change. WMEAC sees these 8th grade students as community role models, as we admire their ambition and determination in going the extra mile to advocate for the importance of environmental consciousness. Thank you, New Tech 8th Graders!
The project is titled What is Prospect Park worth?
The eighth graders are divided into groups of 4 and are assigned a 47x40m plot of the park. They are responsible for collecting data on each tree in their plot. They are measuring the circumference and height of each tree. We will use that data to determine how much carbon is in each tree.
We are partnering with Gabe Eickhoff, a University of Michigan grad, who works for the German Government on a project title REDD. While stationed in Laos, Gabe is collecting the same data on trees in the rainforest.He uses his data to determine the impacts of deforestation.
Our goal is to determine Prospect Park’s worth based on carbon.