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Eco-Think Program At McCracken County High School
Students in Stephanie Carter’s seminar class at McCracken County High School have brightened up their campus, while positively impacting their school’s eco-system. In May, students planted tulip poplar trees donated by Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, LLC, (FRNP) the U.S. Department of Energy’s deactivation and remediation contractor. James Sanders Nursery donated the labor and helped students plant the trees.

Named Kentucky’s state tree in 1994, the tulip poplar will play a practical and ecological role in the school’s landscape design. Tulip poplars produce shade that helps cool walkways during warm weather. They are also commonly used in reforestation. One large tree can absorb up to 100 gallons of groundwater and discharge it into the air per day. This helps manage stormwater drainage and flooding during heavy rains.

The tree planting initiative is a byproduct of “Eco-Think”, an eco-friendly, critical thinking program launched by FRNP in January. The purpose of the program is to help students identify and implement sustainable solutions to environmental challenges that face McCracken County leaders and homeowners today.

During Eco-Think’s spring launch, students in Carter’s classes were introduced to the issue of stormwater management. Subject matter experts led discussions on a variety of topics related to the issue, including an introduction to wetlands, green and grey infrastructure solutions, and watershed management. Each presenter helped develop students’ understanding of the complexity of McCracken County’s stormwater management problem and allowed them to see how they could take action at their school to help minimize stormwater drainage issues there.

“Students learned that taking a small role in solving the issue of stormwater management can play a big part in solving the problem for future generations,” Carter said.

FRNP organized speakers from a variety of disciplines, including engineering, geology and landscape architecture. Eco-Think provided a platform where local businesses were able to help educate students on the career options available to them here in Paducah.

“Eco-think exposed my students to career options that they probably didn’t know existed in McCracken County. I think it’s important for us to show students all the opportunities that exist for them right here in their own community,” Carter said.

“Environmental stewardship and civic involvement should be important to all of us,” said FRNP Program Manager Jeff Bradford. “It’s great to see students’ minds engaged as they begin to see how concepts they’re learning in the classroom apply to real life."
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phone:  270-538-4000
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