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Slideshow: Boise High Students Take Over School With Sustainability Summit

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- Students chopped vegetables at the Downtown Teaching Farm as part of the Boise High School Sustainability Summit. -  - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Students chopped vegetables at the Downtown Teaching Farm as part of the Boise High School Sustainability Summit.
Students ruled the school April 8 at Boise High School's long-awaited Sustainability Summit.

In classrooms and at stations across campus, students schooled each other on a variety of topics related to sustainability. The summit is the culmination of a yearlong effort that put a copy of Edward Humes' Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash in the hands of students, faculty and staff. The project encouraged students to develop presentations they would deliver at the summit.

"Getting the word out was kind of slow, but people people started signing up [to make presentations]. We did what needed to be done," said junior Nooria Ahmadazizy, who managed the summit.

The presentations covered topics such as making zero-waste pizza, how capitalism affects the environment, the importance of spaying and neutering pets, and salmon extinction. Students went from classroom to classroom, taking in the presentations and engaging in related projects, like that of seniors Eliot Hawkes and Natalia Digiosia, who were collecting signatures for a petition they'll present to the city of Boise in hopes of getting it to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.

Hawkes said after volunteering on a petition to preserve the Boulder-White Clouds, she was eager to continue with volunteerism.

"I totally believe in petitioning," she said. "There's a large number of people [at Boise High] who are willing to get involved."

For more scenes from the Boise High School Sustainability Summit, check out our slideshow: