St. Pascal School in Chicago won Pepsico’s Dream Machine Recycle Rally Dream Green School Makeover contest, a $100,000 prize that it will use to make green improvements at the school including a new energy efficient computer lab powered by solar energy. The school recycled an average of approximately 2,286 beverage containers per student, and our friends at ecycler, a Chicago based website that connect people with recyclables to those who are recycling attended the award ceremony at Chicago’s Portage Theater. The feeling of electricity was definitely in the air!
Ecycler went to show support of the rally’s mission of raising awareness among students about the importance of recycling. Stephen Paea of the Chicago Bears made a guest appearance and talked about the importance of team work. Other speakers were:
- Fr. Paul Seaman of St. Pascal’s
- Anna Palazij, Program Representative from PepsiCo
- Paul Ligon from Waste Management, the Managing Director of Greenopolis.
Schools that participate earn points for every non-alcoholic aluminum can or plastic bottle they collect, and can then redeem the points for rewards like school supplies, sporting equipment, gift cards and electronics.
When schools are accepted into the Dream Machine Recycle Rally program, the school receives a scanner and laptop to tally the can and bottle collections and manage the point redemptions. More than 500 schools in 32 states are registered in the Dream Machine Recycle Rally program with approximately 4.5 million containers collected or nearly 235,000 pounds to-date.