"Green Schools Society" Greens Up Marblehead High School

Summer Genovese (R) and Samantha Clock (L) pose next to a fish tank that will be used for aquaponics as part of the Green Schools Society's climate initiatives. Photo: Brooke McCarthy/WBZ NewsRadio

MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Marblehead High School is going green, one lunch tray at a time.

Summer Genovese and Samantha Clock are co-presidents of the Marblehead High chapter of the National Green Schools Society, which is helping the school become more climate-friendly.

Thanks to the group's push, the school has started to use compostable lunch trays. That has cut down on waste, from a dozen big trash bags a day to just two.

"There has been such a positive leaning in our generation and at our school toward sustainable options," Genovese said.

Another initiative: growing their own vegetables. The Green Schools Society grow vegetables and herbs to feed students at the cafeteria, and is working on an aquaponics system that will feed plants by planting them with fish in a symbiotic ecosystem.

English teacher Connor Ryan is the staff advisor for the group and says its great to see his students getting out there and fighting for change in their own way.

"You can make a measurable difference in how the school building works on a day-to-day basis, which serves us all well," he said.

WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) visited the students at Marblehead High:

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