Tamara Jercha

K–12 teachers created art while being introduced to Learning Lab.

In November 2017, the North West branch of USGBC Indiana hosted an open house for K–12 teachers at the site of Recycled Granite in Schererville, Indiana.

It was a fun evening of learning as the 34 teachers in attendance gained access to hands-on sustainability and green curriculum and resources to help bring classroom projects to life through Learning Lab. The educators created their own sustainable art using granite diverted from landfills.

USGBC Indiana and Recycled Granite hosted an activity for teachers

While earning an hour of CE credit, teachers learned that construction waste is responsible for a high proportion of landfill content. Granite waste comes from slab cutoffs and remodeling projects where granite is replaced and updated. Our event site location showed how innovative ideas can turn a negative (waste) into a positive (new products such as pavers, fireplace surrounds, backsplashes, works of art, etc.).

We hope this event created a relationship with local teachers and schools who may take advantage of USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service. Also, positive results continued beyond the open house, as response to the event resulted in over 1,000 teachers and their friends attending Recycled Granite’s stone and pallet classes. Since then, over 200 Girl Scouts have also attended events to earn their Recycling Badges and to learn about sustainable manufacturing and jobs that benefit the environment.

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