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Environmental Education Activity: Recycling Concert at the Preuss School at UCSD and Tri-M Music Honor Society

Location: Preuss School, UCSD, San Diego, CA

A Recycling Concert and Global Goals workshop was developed by the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab and Politecnico di Milano at the Preuss School at UCSD, a unique charter middle and high school for low-income scholars who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college and the Tri-M Music Honor Society on April 26, 2022.

The music concert made a musical ‘smash out of trash’ workshop using everyday waste from plastic bottles, plastic crunchy cups, copper pennies and nickels, detergent containers, egg cartons, wooden sticks, glass jars to dry lentils, and rice as saltshakers in a cup to make music and write a concert out of trash to raise awareness on recycling by developing a powerful aural and visual statement about our impact on the environment. The interdisciplinary workshop focused on how to make music and musical instruments from found, foraged, and recyclable objects. Students were able to create their own instruments out of recyclable objects and make their own music. Students were given a presentation on how to properly recycle materials and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals then, asked which Global Goals were most important to them based on their own cities.


Dr. Gabriela Fernandez (Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, US), Carol Maione (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), and Dr. Domenico Vito (Metabolism of Cities Living Lab), Dr. Hwong, Nai-Ching and Carla Petraglia (Preuss School, University of California San Diego and Tri-M Music Honor Society, US)