CHICAGO (Duchesne Academy) – The French Embassy has recognized Duchesne Academy for its work to reduce waste and promote sustainability this week. Duchesne is one of three winners of the Embassy’s G7 Eco-citizen contest.
Assistant Principal and Sustainability Program coordinator Eric Krakowski traveled to the French consulate in Chicago to receive the special honor and prize: a solar-powered watch made entirely of reclaimed fishing nets pulled from the oceans. French Consul Guillaume LaCroix made the presentation to Mr. Krakowski on Tuesday. Identical watches were presented to world leaders at the G7 climate summit in France last year.
The Embassy celebrated Duchesne’s successful work to increase the amount of waste diverted from landfills from half to more than three fourths, installing roof-top solar panels, and incorporating sustainable practices into all curriculum. These practices are part of Duchesne’s plan to be zero-waste and net-positive energy by 2030.