Small group, big goal

April 25, 2013

Small group, big goal

Avery Cropp

Publication: Stillwater Gazette

Four SAHS juniors start Transition Stillwater to make city environmentally friendly

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

Four Stillwater Area High School juniors are taking that Margaret Mead quote to heart as they roll out the first phase of their new organization, Transition Stillwater.

Sofia Logan, Sam Schirvar, Mary Knaak and Maria Kalambokidis are hoping to encourage collaboration within Stillwater’s already established environmental groups to make the city more environmentally friendly. And if the crowd of more than 40 people gathered at the Stillwater Public Library on Earth Day Monday is any indication, the students might have something.

The new group is organized by the high school students and advised by It is part of umbrella organizations called Transition U.S. and Transition International which wants to take initiatives on environmental actions that will make the community sustainable and resilient.

Its goal is to be inter-generational and the high schoolers want to tackle projects such as reducing the city’s carbon footprints, raising climate change awareness, beginning re-localization with local food, produce and business support and also working on environmentally-friendly projects such as recycling bins downtown, improving mass transit use, adding LED lights downtown area and helping with clean-up of places like Lake McKusick.

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