Avery Renshaw, a senior at South Carroll High School received an award in the Student category for the Carroll County Environmental Advisory Council's 2014 Environmental Awareness Awards.
The purpose of the awards program is to promote awareness of the environment and acknowledge exemplary accomplishments in the protection, conservation, and improvement of our environmental resources. The Carroll County Commissioners adopted the Environmental Awareness Awards program to recognize individuals and groups that have demonstrated these qualities through their actions or projects. Awards are presented biennially for endeavors and projects that result in positive benefit to the environment and have the potential for long-term community environmental benefit.
Avery Renshaw initiated a campaign entitled "Composting to Reduce Our Impact on the Environment" to help make the community more environmentally conscious, decrease landfill volume, and teach people a simple way to reduce waste. She set up a composting center at Piney Run Nature Center and created an interactive game for the naturalists to use in lessons with children.
She also wrote articles for her school and community newspapers, developed a PowerPoint presentation for other environmental clubs, posted information on the community's eco-friendly website, and made displays for the school and the library. Composting information was sent to the community via email and an online survey determined how many people would consider composting after reviewing the information.