Madison ECO Club
What is ECO?
ECO, Madison's Earth Club, is a student-led group of students committed to understanding and advocating for the environment. Projects and initiatives are proposed, chosen, and carried out by ECO members. All students are invited to join ECO; the process of joining is to simply attend meetings held Tuesdays at lunch in room C-55. Students who complete 80 hours of service and involvement in ECO, take Environmental Science and/or AP Environmental Science, attend and participate in the meetings, and complete a senior project are eligible to earn a senior cord at the senior graduation assembly.
Students also receive information about jobs, internships, and summer programs and many students go on to major in fields related to the environment. We currently have a partnership with the Oregon State Universities Extension program which has opened up additional field trips, internships, and activities.
Here is a sampling of the variety of activities ECO students have been involved in over the past 8 years encompassing politics, science, art, public speaking, and community service:
- planting trees and removing invasive species on Madison's campus and the Dharma Rain site across 82nd
- advocating for legislation to address global climate change and canvassing neighborhoods to inform them of air pollution issues
- removing classroom light bulbs to decrease energy use and collecting items for recycling such as batteries, toothbrushes, and chip bags
- hiking in Forest Park, Mt. Hood National Forest, and the Columbia River Gorge and attending a field trip to explore Oregon State University's Forestry program
- hatching baby chicks to give away to Madison families
- competing at Envirothon, a nationwide environmental competition
- judging middle science fair projects and freshmen Toxin Fair presentations
- designing ECO t-shirts and decorating plant pots for fundraising