One of our goals at Park is to effect change and to excite our students to take on the challenges of our time, including the stewardship of our planet. Park School's longstanding commitment to personal and community action, rigorous academic investigation, and creative problem-solving provides an ideal framework in which to explore and realize solutions to even the most complex issues. In the selection of programs and activities below, you will see the real and important work our students are doing to understand and promote sustainability.
As an institution, we are keenly aware of both the environmental and financial benefits of sustainability initiatives. Our solar panels on our Lower School roof generate clean energy and reduce our electricity expenses. Recently-installed motion sensors ensure that lights throughout our buildings are used only when needed. Designated "no mow" areas surrounding our pond and woodlands allow for beneficial flora to play their role in the ecosystem, provide habitat for insect and animal life, and reduce our landscaping maintenance expenses and energy usage. These are but a few of the efforts to reduce our environmental impact and our expenses.
We are continually inspired by our thoughtful student body to consider new approaches that can make a genuine positive impact on our community and look forward to each grade level's amazing contributions all year long.
For many years, our third grade classes have been known as leaders at Park regarding all issues related to sustainability and environmental stewardship. They implement our active TerraCycle program, keeping waste out of landfills, providing material for repurposing, and earning TerraCycle credits that further benefit others. Members of last year’s group were inspiring researchers, communicators, and hands-on managers of multiple aspects of the expanded recycling and composting initiatives. All are bona fide authorities on the subject of the environment (and passionate communicators), our students have shared what they know with the community.
You can help to make our campus air healthier, help reduce global warming, and save yourself money and valuable energy resources just by turning off your car engine if your car is going to be still for 10 seconds or more. It’s a win-win situation. “Turn your key after 10 seconds and be idle-free!”
Note: Park’s Transportation Department has added two new buses to the fleet this year — and by next year, we will have a fully updated bus fleet — thereby increasing fuel efficiency, decreasing emissions, and reducing costs. Our drivers have also implemented a modified idling program whereby bus idling is limited to the amount of time required to adequately warm up the bus engine for efficient and extended operation. Thanks to our transportation team for so readily taking this step!
Our indoor common area compost/recycling/waste receptacles represent our community-wide effort to compost and recycle as much as possible here at Park, thereby significantly reducing our waste.
The color-coded receptacles are labeled, and posters are placed near the containers at their various locations. Here is a short description of what goes where: