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Cambridge students win Glocal Challenge, will meet Al Gore

Posted by Brock Parker  February 4, 2013 04:29 PM

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Glocal Challenge winners Ben Austin, Isabel Gray, Eric Chan and Josh Brancazio (from left to right) celebrate after their team Friday. Missing from the photo is Griffin Andreas, the fifth member of “The EPA: Environmental Paper Assault” team. Photo Courtesy EF Education First.

After a month of preparations, two groups of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School students won top honors in the Glocal Challenge and will soon head to Costa Rica to meet Al Gore.

More than 75 students participated in the Challenge, that was started by EF Education First, and judged by a panel of local educators, politicians and professionals at the high school Friday afternoon.

The Glocal Challenge asked students to identify a local environmental issue, research how other countries have found solutions to the problem, and then design a way to address the issue locally.

The winning teams were “EPA: Environmental Paper Assault” that dove into how to eliminate paper use at the high school and the “Environmental Action Club", that researched how to improve the environment through the creation of green roofs and green walls throughout Cambridge.

The two teams won trips to Costa Rica in April for the EF Global Student Leaders Summit, and there they will present their projects to former Vice President Al Gore.

The competition, that included 15 teams, was judged Friday by a panel that included Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis, city councilor and state Rep. Tim Toomey, Cambridge Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Young and Google director of engineering Steve Vinter.

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Glocal Challenge winners (from left to right) Josh Brancazio, Isabel Gray, Aida Muratoglu, Eric Chan, Ben Austin, Clio Macrakis, Anisha Nakagawa, Zachary Spitz and Octavio Chiesa celebrate after winning free trips to Costa Rica for the EF Global Student Leaders Summit in April. Missing from the photo is student winner Griffin Andreas. Photo courtesy EF Education First.

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