Seeds of Change: North Broward Preparatory School Team Wins National Lexus Eco Challenge

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North Broward Preparatory School students are planting seeds of change within their local community.

This year, a group of students from the 6th grade class entered the Lexus Eco Challenge, which encourages students to make a difference in the eco health of our planet and develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities.

The NBPS team drew inspiration for their project from a topic they had learned about in science class and were familiar with as South Florida residents – hurricanes, an increasing challenge to those living in coastal states, and how global warming makes them stronger. Their research showed that the exhaust released from cars and trucks contributes to global warming, because exhaust produces greenhouse gases, which are trapped into the atmosphere.

To make an impact, the team decided to focus on reducing food miles that the NBPS school cafeteria adds to the world. They named themselves Food Miles Matter and worked to produce some food in the school’s garden to give to the cafeteria in order to reduce the amount of food that must be ordered and shipped in.

The team began their project by researching hydroponics and planting seeds in the school’s garden. They learned about tower gardens and other equipment that would help improve the environment of their school and schools around the world.

At an average age of just twelve years old, these students utilized the power of social media to spread awareness and share their journey toward an eco-friendly school. They created presentations that were shared across social platforms and among classmates to inform other students of the dangers of global warming, and the small steps that they could take to reduce their carbon footprint. They continued to post updates on the work they were doing within North Broward Prep, including cafeteria items that were made using ingredients from the garden that they started. They even created a Global Gardening questionnaire that schools with gardening programs could use to virtually connect with each other and share ideas.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][image_slider_no_space images=”33144,33145,33146″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The Food Miles Matter Team won the regional title in the Lexus Eco Challenge earlier this year, earning $10,000, and went on to win the $30,000 national grand prize in the Final Challenge.

The group’s team includes sixth graders Camila Palladino, Isabel Wiley, Maddie Sage, Ryan Folic, Nate Harmelin, Grant Fawcett and Hayden Simmons. To follow them on their continued journey, visit their Twitter page at twitter.com/FoodMilesMatter.


About North Broward Preparatory School

North Broward Preparatory School prepares its students to be adept and agile deep thinkers, to communicate with skill and poise, to forge connections across disciplines and cultures, and to take risks to stretch one’s intellect and talents in new directions. As a member of Nord Anglia Education, North Broward students enjoy unique learning opportunities with world-class organizations like Juilliard and MIT, and participate in enriched educational collaborations like Project Tanzania and Global Campus. Our rigorous academics combined with state-of-the-art facilities, competitive athletics, dynamic fine arts and innovative STEAM programs provide an unmatched educational experience tailored to your child’s interest. For more information visit www.nbps.org.


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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.