Energy & Sustainability
Energy & Sustainability is responsible for managing utility use and for promoting Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability for the district. Initiatives include energy use reduction projects and programs, water conservation efforts and waste diversion improvement and education.
We're taking steps to "go green." That means our schools and district departments are working to be wise stewards of our resources. Learn how we are becoming a more sustainable district--and how you can do your part.
Waste Generation & COVID
With the exponentially increasing waste generated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, waste reduction education is more important now than ever. Everywhere you look, there is evidence of drastic increases in single-use items. Disposable face masks, gloves, silverware and condiments paired with increased take-out food piles up to a HUGE amount of waste - most of which is non-recyclable. In addition to these everyday items, the increase in medical waste is astronomical - with many municipalities reporting increases up to 100 tons PER DAY (Source: Science 26 Jun 2020 COVID-19's Unsustainable Waste Management).
Below you will find some short videos to help jumpstart student conversations around waste generation, impacts, processes and solutions.
Elementary LevelThis musical clip shows the resources a strawberry uses from farming, transportation, marketing, home and eventually to the trash. An impactful intro for any food waste discussion!
The Life of a Strawberry 1 min
Secondary LevelThese video clips show how landfills and recycling processes work:
Single Stream Recycling - Tour a Material Recovery Facility 5 min
Life is Better with Clean Hands
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the Life is Better with Clean Hands campaign dedicated to make clean hands and handwashing an intrinsic part of our daily lives. Check out some of the resources from the CDC:
Here’s a list of sustainable new year resolutions that don’t require you to go on a diet!
- Be kind to each other. Life is short.
- Recycle more!
- Carry a reusable shopping bag
- Donate used clothing and goods
- Pack no waste lunches to save money and reduce waste
- Turn off the lights and projectors in classrooms when you leave!
- Use less water
- Volunteer for or start a school Green Team
- Participate in your schools Earth Day 2021 activities
- Print less paper
Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime. In 2018, over 3.5 million children in over 100 countries took part.
Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.