Sustainable Designs

DuPage County students recently showed off their ability to go green.

More than 50 student groups, including some from Naperville North and Neuqua Valley, presented their designs at the eighth annual Sustainable Design Challenge, held at the DuPage County’s JTK Administration Building.

The event, put on by DuPage County Stormwater Management and environmental group SCARCE, asked each group to design an infrastructure, which had to include sustainable elements.

“Kids are learning about protecting our resources, conserving our resources, and also the buildings that they are going to build are going to use less energy,” said Kay McKeen, founder of SCARCE. “In the big picture they will save some money as well as taking care of the environment.”

One of the goals of the challenge is to have students view sustainable living differently.

“It’s helped me a lot learn about how we can help the environment and how much is out there to improve it,” said Naperville North Junior, Nathan Black. “Little things can help out.”

Typically a high school event, this was the first time that a middle school participated.

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