Karen Robertson, Marymount of Santa Barbara's fourth grade teacher, consistently organizes school-wide assemblies to educate the Marymount community about the benefits of reducing waste and to help them understand the how to properly dispose of waste.
She makes these assemblies fun by introducing the concepts of recycling and waste reduction with skits, songs and humor. Karen Robertson's effort and enthusiasm has inspired Marymount to work towards being a zero waste school by promoting reusable lunch packaging and designating clearly marked recycling and compost stations throughout the campus.
She encourages students to collect CA Cash Refund plastic and aluminum recyclables and bring them into school so that they can raise funds to help a charity of their choosing, this year the students selected the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO). During the 2012 school year students and staff donated more than $275 from the collection of recyclables to the ACCO.
Karen Robertson is a role model for students, parents and colleagues and her lifestyle, choices and commitment to the environment inspire others to make changes for the better of our environment. Karen Robertson received an Spirit of Service award for her outstanding effort to educate youth and adults alike about the importance of waste reduction and recycling.