Green for Green

A Peacemaking Project by Graciela M.

What is the injustice we are solving?

CO2 emissions have skyrocketed around the world. This greenhouse gas has had extremely negative effects on Earth's atmosphere. These emissions have had, and will continue to have, dire consequences for all life on earth if this continues. We will fight carbon dioxide emissions here in our city of Holland.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of waste
we will address unecessary food waste in school cafeterias
by composting the food waste in a local elementary school.


Adrian B.
8 June 2018 13:39
Hi Graciela!

We're checking in because you haven't submitted your reflection yet. Reflections were due on May 31 as a part of your mini-grant award. Please submit your reflection as soon as you can. We're looking forward to hearing about how your project went!
Adrian B.
5 April 2018 13:21
Hi Graciela,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for an Accelerator, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can support your project in any way! :)

Jackie A.
4 April 2018 11:28
Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.

Strengths: You have a really solid plan of action how how you would like to go about combating CO2 emissions and I think its great that you are targeting elementary schools. By engaging people at a young age you can create educated individuals who will hopefully take the lessons learned on with them as they grow up. Your plan also brings in the necessary contacts at the school and waste disposal services to make their project efficient and give it longevity. Overall I think that you have an opportunity to really create scaleable impact in your community, and if your project is successful you could use it as a launch pad for expanding to even more schools in the area.

Things to Consider: I see a few areas where I think you can expand your plan. 1) Give some thought as to how you can involve the elementary school students in your plan and make the project exciting for school administrators. For example, you could set up compost bins in classrooms and teach the kids in a fun way how to separate their trash. Later you can work with the school and teachers to host a field trip to local community gardens where their compost has been used - from here you can have kids help plant flowers or teach science lessons. This would be a great way to get teachers involved, allow the kids to have fun, and bring the message back to your ultimate goal - cutting CO2 emissions. You can even invite the school administrators to the garden to see the fruits of their support. 2) Think about collaborating with the art department at the elementary schools you visit. After all, why stop at just compost? If you implement a system to separate food waste and recyclable waste you have the opportunity to re-purpose recyclable items to be used in school art projects. 3) Collaborate with the community garden managers - perhaps they can give you access to the garden members who would be able to offer volunteer hours or expertise. This is a great was to grow your impact and get the community support behind you. 4) Create different indicators for "knowing you are moving in the right direction." The steps you listed are great, but the actual success indicators should be different from you implementation plan. For example, you could base success on how many bags of compost you gather week to week - does the number increase or decrease? This can tell you how involved schools / classrooms are. Additionally, you could base success on measuring the improvement of the community gardens - are they more lush? Does the garden see more visitors? How many school trips have been taken to the garden?

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!
RaulPF C.
3 April 2018 16:14
Hi Graciela!

Thanks again so much for posting this project.

As part of the Peace First project-making process, we give formal feedback on your compassionate insight. Once your insight is all set, then you can move forward with your mini-grant application if you need funds to help move your idea into action!

I want to give you feedback on your insight:
"To solve this injustice of
we will address
unnecessary food waste in school cafeterias
composting the food waste in a local elementary school."

I think it is great that you have decided to address the injustice of waste in school cafeterias. I would like to encourage you to continue learning more about why that waste is being produced. By composting waste, you are using a great approach to utilize the waste that is produced. Have you also thought about ways to be able to help reduce the total waste? Are there any reason why the waste is so high that could be addressed as the root cause of this injustice?

Also, it is great that you already have an idea in mind about the steps you want to follow. In relation to the question related to how to know if you are moving in the right direction, we are looking for ways in how you can identify if what you are doing is making the impact you want to have. For example, do you want to change perceptions around waste generation? Do you want to measure if the total amount of waste is reducing? I would encourage you to explore that a little bit more.

Please let us know if you have any questions and we are looking forward to seeing how your project can continue advancing!

RaulPF C.
2 March 2018 16:38
Hi, Graciela!
Thanks so much for posting your project!
Can you share a bit more about what initial ideas you have to work on this project?
It would be great if you used our toolkit to help you refine the injustice you want to work on so that you can come up with a compassionate insight that will help you put a plan together. You can find the toolkit here:
We look forward to hearing more from you and to seeing how we can help you!
Have a great day!
Brennan L. Peace First Staff
11 October 2019 21:26
Hi Graciela,

My name is Brennan, and I'm a Fellow-in-Residence here at Peace First.

I hope you're doing well! How are things with your project? We'd love to see any updates that you have to share. Please remember to submit your reflection as well when your project goals are complete.

Looking forward to hearing from you!