Seneca Meadows Landfill looms large over the Waterloo school district campus, clearly visible from north-facing windows of the high and middle schools.
In addition to being seen, the landfill often can be smelled.
A group of students in the Gemini for college credit environmental science class taught by Lisa Parish has spent the entire school year examining the impact of the landfill on the community.
The students’ efforts, which will continue in September with a new class, won the Finger Lakes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Hub Association’s award, beating out larger and smaller schools from nine counties.
Last year, many of the same students participated in an experiment to see if chicken embryos could be hatched outside the eggshells. That challenge whetted their appetites for another student-led scientific effort this year.