About our award...
The Award for Environmental Stewardship is granted to a science fair participant whose project focused on expanding our knowledge of our fragile Florida Keys ecosystems. This knowledge can help our community conserve and protect our unique island environment.
Pascal Weisberger Award for Environmental Stewardship
Pascal was a service oriented kid who loved helping in his community, and cared greatly about a variety of environmental issues, especially related to marine debris and pollution. As an elementary student at Ocean Studies, Pascal assisted with organizing and implementing monthly coastal cleanups from 2012-2017, helping to lead a long term effort which resulted in the removal of over 4,000 lbs of plastics and other man-made items detrimental to the marine environment. Additionally, Pascal recruited his scout troop to assist with the marine debris issue, and helped to lead the group on numerous shore based and paddle based cleanups to local parks and islands.
He also devoted years, from 2016 to 2020, to conducting school science fair projects which investigated environmentally friendly alternatives to single use plastics, a number of which were award winning at Ocean Studies Charter School, Treasure Village Montessori, and the Monroe County District Science Fair competitions.
Lastly, Pascal was a budding environmental activist and became involved in efforts to reduce the use of disposable petroleum-based plastics in the Florida Keys by participating in a number of public protests and outreach events. He even gave public testimony at the Key West City Commission about the results of one of his science fair projects, in support of a proposed ban on single-use petroleum plastic items in that city.
To see photos and videos about Pascal's activities, and the continuation of his community and environmental service legacy by his fellow scouts with Troop 912, go to the Pascal's Way Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PascalsWay.org, and Troop 912's page: https://www.facebook.com/BoyScouts912