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Green Warriors in Training

Teach them while they're young, so they can become eco leaders

Photo of Nenuca Syquia
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How are you connected to Sunnyvale?

  • I live in Sunnyvale.
  • I work in Sunnyvale.

What type of applicant are you?

  • Team

Stage of Development.

  • Early concept or idea (<few months of work)

What problem are you aiming to solve? (100 words)

We are trying to reduce overall waste, especially single-use plastics.

Tell us more about your climate strategy or solution (500 words)

Green Warriors in Training aims to provide a training ground for our next generation of eco-conscious leaders, while working to change the behaviors of their classmates - and even the adults associated with the schools!

Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (100 words)

Right now, leadership of waste reduction falls on the shoulders of "adults" because they are the ones who sit in government, the ones who have the buying power, and the ones who own the businesses that generate waste. But, we can invest in creating a next generation of leaders by starting them off at an early age.

Explain how your idea would be implemented in Sunnyvale (700 words)

Every school will have a Green Club backed by the PTA and school administration. Their charter is three-fold: 1) raise awareness of the problem, 2) work with the administration to propose and implement policy changes within the school, and 3) to encourage peers and enforce the new policies. The clubs can also have inter-school meetings so that they can draw from each other's ideas.

Are you willing to share your email contact information submitted on OpenIDEO with our partners?

  • Yes, share my contact information

Evaluation results

7 evaluations so far

1. From a range of 1-5, how interested/compelled are you to bring this idea into your own life or into the city?

1 - Not Interested - 0%

2 - 0%

3 - 0%

4 - 33.3%

5 - Very interested - 66.7%

2. From a range of 1-5, does this idea provide benefits aside from reducing carbon emissions?

1 - Low co-benefits - 0%

2 - 0%

3 - 0%

4 - 33.3%

5 - High co-benefits - 66.7%

3. From a scale of 1-5, what do you feel is the feasibility of this idea to work well in Sunnyvale?

1 - Not feasible - 0%

2 - 0%

3 - 0%

4 - 33.3%

5 - Very feasible - 66.7%

4. From a range of 1-5, what is your hunch about how much this idea will cost the Sunnyvale community to implement properly?

1 - High cost to the community - 0%

2 - 0%

3 - 16.7%

4 - 33.3%

5 - Low cost to the community - 50%


Join the conversation:

Photo of Tara Martin-Milius

Cost of the project is largely with the schools. The City does some outreach, but for an ongoing educational program, schools need to buy-in, and I think they already have.

Photo of Elaine

Love to see the collaboration between this idea and Green Ops Homestead . The City has worked with Homestead and Fremont, as well as Sunnyvale Middle, Columbia and Cupertino Middle and each of their schools Green Teams. We've have great achievements with those teams. And, would love to see them continue and spread to all schools. Any specific thoughts on how to help the Green Team's thrive and how that can be sustained over time?

Photo of Green Ops Homestead

Hi Elaine we have several workshop proposals for toddlers to middle schools written to help them learn more about the environment in fun, engaging ways. We also have a proposal coming soon for teaching students about bike safety and electric cars. Let me know if you are interested in discussing either of these.

Photo of Scott Shigeoka

I think that's a great idea! Green Ops Homestead maybe in addition to the work you do for toddlers and middle schools in the area, you can see if Nenuca Syquia would be interested in testing this Green Warriors program with Homestead, Fremont and other engaged high school students? :)

Photo of Jérémie Gluckman-Picard

Hey Nenuca Syquia Hope all is well. Can you believe the challenge is coming to a close next Wednesday? The OpenIDEO team is taking a closer look at this proposal and some ideas to share and wanted to encourage you all as contributors to further flesh out your idea.

Would you consider opening this up to folks that are pushing green initiatives forward? Maybe like a Leadership Sunnyvale program ( but with a sustainability theme.

The program might encourage new ideas and spawn even more sustainability-themed projects like this one in Berkeley, that I'm particularly fond of:

Photo of Tiffany N

I love this idea! Kids can have a major influence on family decisions in terms of the consumption of goods with less packaging and making more healthy choices for themselves and the planet. Sunnyvale is full of gardeners which can also help every school maintain compost bins and mini gardens, food forests etc. I haven't checked yet but I hope every Sunnyvale school has a rain harvesting and storage method as well as solar panels.

Photo of HHS Science For Change/SNHS

This idea has a lot of potential and seems feasible! One way to ensure that the Green Teams remain active throughout the years could be by establishing mentorship between high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. For example, a few members from Homestead Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) runs meetings after school for Cupertino and Sunnyvale Middle's respective chapters, teaching them about the business world and preparing them to take further action in their club in high school. Similarly Green Ops Homestead could run meetings with Cupertino and Sunnyvale Middle, and work with them to put on workshops at elementary schools.

Photo of Yung

I would recommend having a set curriculum for all the middle schoolers as part of a week-long participation where students can do activities and learn about carbon neutral future. Similar program can be referenced from Qualcom's Think-a-bit program and various K-12 programs from Outreach groups at Universities (Global Ties) and more.

Photo of Isabella Rosado

Thanks for sharing Nenuca Syquia - What resources do you think would be most beneficial to your project?

I know the team Green Ops Homestead is also interested in a similar project and I'd love to see a collaboration between you two.

Photo of Green Ops Homestead

Hi Nenuca Syquia , we're hoping to host some workshops for toddlers through middle schoolers soon. We also have a proposal coming soon for teaching students about bike safety and electric cars. Let me know if you're interested in either of these!