Engaging Students in the City of Philadelphia

by Jeff Kirschner

12 schools. 300 students. 13,000 pieces.

In a three month pilot project initiated by the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office, students identified, mapped, and collected litter all over the City of Brotherly Love.

“Our goal was to inspire students to think critically about waste so that when they see a piece of litter they ask, How did this get here?”

said Nic Esposito, Philadelphia’s Director of Zero Waste and Litter.

Philadelphia is now exploring a city-wide effort, introducing Litterati into 220 public schools, complete with a STEM-based approach. “Litterati’s technology and curriculum helped us understand how to develop actual solutions,” said Esposito. Just imagine what it would like if a city and its students collaborated to eradicate litter.