Nightingale Students Team Up With Community Activists to Create Sustainable Art

This fall at Nightingale, a group of environmentally conscious Nighthawks teamed up with local eco-activism group Ruckus Roots to find a way to make use of waste on campus.  The project began when several Nighthawks expressed concern over waste in their homes, school, and communities, and its impact on the environment.  Ruckus Roots members were then called in based on their expertise in the area of turning waste into sustainable art through their programs Trashformation and Trashion Show.  The Nightingale Trashformation team was then born, and this group of community and student activists has been very busy since then!

Following some team brainstorming on how to better understand the waste from their environments, students set up systems for collecting trash on campus and from home.  After several weeks of allowing it to accumulate, they completed a trash analysis and decided to reuse the materials collected to create artwork for the campus.  Students spent the past week researching what to make by interviewing members of the Nightingale community, and are now using this to guide their planning process.  Stay tuned for updates on Nightingale Trashformation progress!

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Categories: action, community, student interest


The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.


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