As an Episcopal Day School we strongly believe that part of our faith is to be good stewards of the beautiful earth that God has given us. In a move to practice this and live out our faith we have made efforts to become a greener school. Each year these efforts are increased as we continue to move to a model of carefully considering the resources we have. Following are the steps we have taken:
- Recycling. Our science teacher sponsors the Green Team. This team is made up of students from the school who volunteer to help with our recycling efforts. Each classroom and office has a recycling bin which is used throughout the week. Each Friday the Green Team collects the recycling materials and deposits them into our recycling containers so they can be collected and reused rather than thrown away.
- Reducing Paper. In the past few years huge inroads have been made in reducing the amount of paper used by the school. In the past numerous amounts of paper flyers were sent home each week. Now most of our communication is handled electronically. This has no doubt saved numerous trees and is probably the area in which we have been able to make the biggest difference in going green. We also moved to the Cloud, which has reduced the amount of paper used.
- High-Efficiency Fluorescent Bulbs. As our fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs burn out we are replacing them with high-efficiency fluorescent bulbs to help save energy.
- Timers. In many areas such as the restrooms timers have been placed on the lights so if left on they do not burn continuously, but will switch off.
- AC Units. As AC units are replaced, we are replacing with commercial energy efficient units.
- There is a general awareness to conserve energy through keeping doors closed when the air conditioning is running and turn off lights when not in use.