Andrew Arevalo, Evan Addison, and Erin Addison run the Steel City Academy Podcast at their charter school in Gary, Indiana. Image: The Wharton School

Erin and Evan Addison and Andrew Arevalo, classmates at Steel City Academy charter school in Gary, Indiana, are all rising high school sophomores and founders of the award-winning Steel City Academy podcast and were featured last week in a radio segment on NPR’s All Things Considered. Last year when Maya Energy was proposing to build a waste-to-energy facility across the street from their school, the students used their podcast to bring together their school, principal, and community to fight incinerator.

As the Wharton school reported, “They worried that the new facility would create noise, odors, constant truck traffic, diesel air pollution from trucks and air emissions from the plant, and possible water contamination during heavy rains and floods. For months, they waged a campaign against Maya Energy, organizing rallies, attending hearings and recording interviews. While Maya’s proposal was pulled late last year, it was reinstated this February. The students continue their fight.”

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