ECO schools

Sea Park students display veggies from their gardens.

BREVARD COUNTY – Part of living in a destination area is taking care of what makes Brevard beautiful.

Earlier this month, The city of Melbourne’s Environmental Community Outreach Division announced that six Brevard schools have recently earned the Environmental Community Outreach (ECO) Schools honor for their achievements this school year.

“These schools have taken numerous steps to conserve and protect resources inside their schools and on school grounds,” officials stated. “The ECO Schools designation recognizes the efforts undertaken to promote Environmental Care and Ownership.

“Activities include strong water and energy conservation measures, litter patrols, active recycling programs and hands-on environmental stewardship activities with students,” officials said.

The six schools that were selected for this school year are as follows:

Holy Trinity Episcopal Lower School; Sea Park Elementary School; University Park Elementary School; West Melbourne School for Science; Stone Magnet Middle School; and Melbourne High School.

“We sent out forms to the schools that had all of these environmental activities that the schools could do, inside and outside of the campus,” said Jennifer Wilster, environmental community outreach manager. “We had these six schools complete their entries, and most schools had well over the required number of hours and activities, which shows how environmentally productive they are.”

Each of the schools not only followed the application instructions for the ECO designation, but also demonstrated their environmental awareness and support in unique ways. For instance, at West Melbourne School for Science, third-graders used fallen coconuts from Hurricane Irma to make “Coco Critters.”

“I really couldn’t single any one [school] out, all of them did some cool things,” Mrs. Wilster said. “I think it’s really great that these schools are taking a proactive approach in getting their schools to be environmentally conscious. This is our third year, and hopefully next year we’ll get even more schools to participate.”

Along with the ECO Schools designation program, the city of Melbourne is also getting personally involved with environmental care by once again hosting its Annual Trash Bash Clean-up.

The city of Melbourne is currently recruiting for the Trash Bash, which will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 7.

2018 marks the 37th year that the city of Melbourne has hosted the Trash Bash, which involved environmental clean-ups in various areas throughout the city.

The Trash Bash initially was a program that was started by Keep America Beautiful, and was promoted by Keep Brevard Beautiful to various cities throughout Brevard County.

The Trash Bash will be hosted in 10 locations in Melbourne.

“We provide volunteers with grabbers, gloves, safety vests, trash bags, water, and snack for the volunteers,” said Mrs. Wilster. “For the volunteers who have already registered, they also get free T-shirts. Volunteers should also bring sunscreen and be prepared for whatever the weather is that day.”

A limited number of additional T-shirts will also be available at each station.

Check-in sites will be at Ascension Catholic School; Carver Park; Eastern Florida State College/Melbourne Campus; Harry Goode’s Outdoor Shop; Joe Davis Community Center; Lipscomb Community Center; Palm Bay High School; Paradise Beach; and Rockwell Collins.

To register, e-mail Jennifer Wilster at or call (321) 608-5080.

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