Recycled Electronics "Give" In Many Ways
The school's Tech Department works with an area
program that uses donated household electronics to teach people how to
refurbish them, and then gives them to those in need. Read more.
Real-Time View of Energy Created with Our Solar Panels
Back for 2013-2014: Walk to School Wacky Wednesdays
Convent & Stuart Hall is reducing its carbon footprint with a few extra footsteps! Students, parents and faculty are encouraged to walk (at least four blocks, unless a student's house is less than four blocks from school), ride a bike or scooter, or take public transportation to school every Wednesday until the end of the school year.
Check out the real-time results every week here.
Participation reward: Wear wacky socks or shoes so people know you walked! The grade with the highest participation each month will earn a free dress pass. This is a joint effort between Convent & Stuart Hall and Hamlin. By combining forces on the same day, we hope to reduce traffic congestion in the neighborhood by at least 50%.
Broadway Campus Eliminates Another Dumpster
With increased awareness and the installation of uniform three-bin
receptacles, Convent & Stuart Hall eliminated another dumpster this
fall, says Facilities Manager Geoff Smith. It is the second reduction in two years; the Broadway campus had three dumpsters in 2010, before eliminating one that fall. During the daily pick-ups,
Broadway now averages 75% recycling and composting and only 25% landfill. By eliminating an additional dumpster and adding to the recycling and composting bins, the school saves more than $3,400 each month on its garbage bill, Geoff says. The next goal, he adds, is to reduce the number of pick-ups needed each week, from five days a week to three.
New Cafeteria Provider Focuses on Sustainable Menu
Epicurean’s food service and menus are designed to support a sustainable program. The menus include produce from organic farm, sustainable seafood and grass-fed meats with no hormones or antibiotics. Epicurean lunch features two selections that change daily, a classic entrée, a vegetarian option, and are served with fresh fruits and vegetables, organic milk, and desserts on Wednesdays. Epicurean respects all food allergens. Vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options are available daily.
We all have one. That junk drawer in the kitchen or office where we put loose papers, pens without caps and yes, that handful of dead batteries. If you've been waiting to dispose of those used batteries, bring them (along with dead computer batteries) to the Computer Support Lab on Broadway (across the hall from the Unkefer Lab) to be recycled. At home, batteries can also be placed in plastic bags on top of your recycling bin and SF Recology will pick them up.
Convent & Stuart Hall faculty can also obtain rechargeable batteries (AA and AAA) from the school offices. When they start running low, simply bring them back for recharging and pick up some freshly charged one.
Terracycle Takes Off
As Convent & Stuart Hall attempts to create as little waste as possible on our four campuses, students identified that our black trash bins were crowded with snack bar wrappers and juice boxes. As a result, Christina Cinti (Convent High School Science) and Arnaz Raj (Stuart Hall for Boys Science) researched ways to prevent these items from ending up in a landfill and enrolled the school in the Terracycle program.
Terracycle is an innovative program that "upcycles" items like energy and granola bar wrappers into products like pencil cases, lunch sacks and messenger bags. We have numerous collection stations on our campuses for foil-lined snack wrappers to be collected, sent to Terracycle in New Jersey, consolidated and then shipped to Mexico where they begin their new life as upcycled products.
Based on the success of our initial foray into the wondrous world of upcycling (the collection bins are usually full!), plans are underway to expand into collecting potato chip bags, cookie wrappers, juice containers and Elmer's Glue products.