This spring, photographer Ray Chavez and I tagged along with a group of students in an urban ecology class at Castlemont High School for a story and video that came out today. It’s part of the school’s new Sustainable Urban Design program, a California Partnership Academy started by teacher Timothy Bremner (He brought from Youth Empowerment School after it closed.)
The Sustainable Urban Design Academy is slated to expand this fall as part of Castlemont’s controversial merger and redesign — which was the subject of an early morning protest on the campus last week; another is planned for tomorrow morning.
The students have undertaken a number of projects on the campus, including a community mapping initiative featured in the below video. They have been documenting the strengths and challenges of their neighborhood from various perspectives: public health, economic opportunity and the natural vs. “built” environment, among others.
In addition to learning about various `green’ career paths, the students hope to weigh in on city and school district projects. The MacArthur Boulevard strip outside the high school campus could sure use a little TLC.