Eco-Council

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Our journey to a healthier planet starts with your Earth Week Student Passport. 

Students collect stamps in their Earth Passports for participating in Earth friendly activities like walking to school or packing a trash-free lunch. Completed passports are entered into a raffle for a chance to win great prizes!

  • Students and faculty are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or take the bus. 
  • Many classes are taking field trips and exploring hands-on conservation and ecology projects.
  • Classroom trash-cans turned upside down will help remind students to generate as little trash as possible.
  • Trash-free lunches everyday!
  • Earn a passport stamp by doing any of the following: refuse (don't buy it), reduce (buy less) reuse, recycle. 
News


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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

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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.

Battery Collection

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. 

More News & Updates

Earth Week 2012 Highlights

Earth Week, April 23-27 2012

All week long students and faculty participated in a variety of activities. Students collected stamps in their Earth passports for participating in Earth friendly activities like walking to school or packing a trash-free lunch. Completed passports were entered into a raffle for a chance to win great Earth prizes! Students and faculty were also encouraged to use alternate methods of transportation like walking, biking, carpooling or taking the bus. Volunteers on some bus routes helped students make it to campus.

On Monday, April 23 the Earth Flag went up and flew all week.

Tuesday, April 24 was Trash-Free Tuesday. We turned classroom trash-cans upside down to create as little trash as possible.

Wednesday, April 25 was Green T-Shirt Day–students on every campus were encouraged to wear a green shirt to show their support for the planet. Additionally, there was a trash audit using Tuesday's (reduced) trash output to see what was left and strategize lasting improvements.

On Thursday, April 27 a series of assemblies were held. At Stuart Hall for Boys' morning assembly, students heard about an exciting school energy announcement. While middle form students at both schools experienced a live video conference with climate researchers along with a film viewing and presentation by Alliance for Climate Education.

Earth Week 2011 Highlights

  • Collectively we walked, biked, carpooled or bussed to school.
  • We got in the habit of bringing trash-free lunch or snack.
  • Waste Free Wednesday! As much as possible, we tried to avoid generating any trash.
  • We recycled electronics through EcoPhones.

Elementary School Activities

  • Green Passports: Elementary students earned stamps for walking, carpooling or taking the busto school; bringing a trash-free lunch or snack; bringing in EcoPhones products to recycle; orrecycling batteries at home.
  • Assemblies: Both elementary schools Talked Trash during the lead-up to Earth Week. Stuart Hall students took the Earth Week Quiz prepared by science faculty Arnaz Raj.
  • Innovation Fair: The fifth grade boys investigated everything from how to conserve electricity to how to make the water fountains on campus generate electricity, and reported their findings.
  • Special Guests: Stuart Hall seventh and eighth graders were treated to a visit by the Marine Mammal Center's Whale Bus that week.
  • First grade girls: View the trash sorters in action in this online photo album from Belle Akers.
  • Third grade boys to Golden Gate Park: See photos from the boys' excursion to Bison Paddock, which they helped spruce up a bit.

High School Activities

  • Competitions: Each class year at Stuart Hall competed to see who could have the most guys to bring in trash-free lunch or snack; walk, bike, carpool or Muni to school; use refillable water bottles instead of plastic. The four grades at Convent High School had a trash-sorting relay to see who could put the waste in the correct receptacle.
  • Special Assemblies: The girls marked Waste Free Wednesday by surveying and photographing the waste bins in the Flood Mansion at the beginning of the day and at the end to see how they did with our Waste Free goal. The boys heard a presentation by the environmental science students during their Friday Chapel; the students discussed how well they separate trash, recycling and compost, and identified ways to lower student carbon footprints.

 




2010-2011 Highlights

Less Trash Means the School Can Eliminate a Dumpster, Save School Money 
The Convent & Stuart Hall community’s efforts to reduce waste and consumption marked an important milestone during the fall semester—saving the school significant money and reducing its carbon footprint. By eliminating one of three dumpsters, according to Facilities Director Mike Armstrong, we will save $2,300 per month, which equates to $27,600 each year. "With increased education and awareness schoolwide, students and adults have done a better job putting recycling and composting into the appropriate bins, instead of trashing everything," he said during the Eco-Council meeting on January 11. The facilities team, working with the Eco-Council, has installed uniform three-bin receptacles for trash, recycling and composting, and students have made signs to help people sort their waste properly. 

Kids Konserve Offers Discount to Our Families All Year Long 
The reusable lunchware company will give you 20% off when you use the coupon code Schools2010 anytime this year. They sell reusable lunch and snack kits, stainless steel containers and bottles, sandwich wraps, cotton napkins and bags, insulated bags and ice packs, and stainless steel thermoses. Shop on their website: www.kidskonserve.com. 

Garden Update
 
So far this year, in addition to flowers, the Stuart Hall garden has produced many vegetables and herbs, including carrots, onions, radishes, mint, thyme, rosemary, strawberries, lemons, apples and so much more. Some of these items have made their way to Chef Ian's kitchen to use in his lunch recipes. The fifth grade boys have taken on the responsibility of taking care of the garden as part of their science curriculum. 

Three-Bin Receptacles Installed Everywhere
 
All over the two campuses, garbage and recycling cans have been replaced with uniform three-bin units, which now have directional signage help adults and students to properly sort their recycling, composting and garbage. 

Greenhouse Seeds Turn Into Landscaping Treasures
 
The boys at Stuart Hall have put their greenhouse to good use this year. They grow plants from seeds, tend the plants and transfer them to many locations, including the front of the Stuart Hall building and the back deck garden. They also give them to the schools’ gardener, Victor, who plants them throughout the schools’ grounds. This gives the boys a chance to see their seeds grow from small plants to permanent greenery around the school. They study each step of the process and are empowered through this process. 

Light and Paper Swaps Complete 
The Facilities team has finished replacing old light bulbs throughout the four-school complex with new CFL bulbs, which use about a quarter of the energy that the outmoded incandescent bulbs use. We're being strategic in choosing which security lights need to be on at all times, and have placed many outside lights on timers, where appropriate. Additionally, all buildings are now using 100% recycled paper for printing and copying, and eliminating big jobs when possible (several traditionally large printing projects, such as the Family Roster and each school's Handbook, have gone online to save resources). You may recall that other paper products were replaced last spring; all bathrooms now use recycled toilet paper, paper towels, and toilet seat covers. 


2009-2010 Highlights

Kindergartners Sell Recycled Notepads with 'Green Messages'

Proceeds from the Notepad Sale benefit "Drawbridge" in the Bay Area and our Sacred Heart School in Uganda. 

Eco-Council's Booth at Health Fair Had People Talkin' Trash 
Sarah Delaney's booth at the Employee Health Fair on March 8, 2010, offered the chance to "Sort This Trash," with items found around campus. Participants were timed as they properly sorted items into Recycle/Compost/Garbage bins. 

Stuart Hall Greenhouse Up and Running
 
This project could not have been as successful had it not also been for the enthusiasm of Lauren Richardson's fifth and sixth grade science classes, who planted thousands of seeds and repotted many other plants. 

Campus-Wide Switch to BioBags
 
The compost and recycling bins on both of our campuses will now be lined with clear bags that are compostable. Regular waste bins will have black trash bags in them. This will further help people when sorting, and further reduces the amount of waste we send to landfill.

Toilet Paper Now 100% Recycled in All Bathrooms
Thanks to the efforts of the Eco-Council, we have switched to a 100% recycled (minimum 60% post-consumer recycled waste) and chlorine-free toilet paper in our bathrooms. Now all paper products, including seat covers and paper towels, are all made from 100% recycled products.


About Us

Eco-Council Mission

The Convent & Stuart Hall Eco‐Council helps students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents from the four‐school community to be good stewards of the environment. This Council helps coordinate, analyze, educate and communicate positive environmental measures that appear on our campus and through our curricula. Committed as we are to the Goals & Criteria, this Eco‐Council seeks to promote various Criteria in particular:

  • That the school teaches respect for creation and prepares students to be stewards of the earth’s resources.
  • That the school educates to a critical consciousness that leads its total community to analyze and reflect on the values of society and to act for justice.
  • That the entire school program explores one’s relationship to God, to self, to others, and to all creation.
  • That the school promotes a safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for and respected.

Who We Are

Administrators
Jaime Dominguez
Tony Farrell
Andrea Shurley
Anne Wachter, RSCJ

Parents
John Dilena
Theresa Foster
Christine Gardner

Faculty Members
Christy Cinti, Convent High School
Raina Cohen, Convent Elementary
Matthew Jones, Stuart Hall High School
Marisa Kendall, Convent High School
Holly Posner, Convent Elementary
Arnaz Raj, Stuart Hall for Boys
Lauren Richardson, Stuart Hall for Boys

Staff
Mike Armstrong, Facilities
Geoff Smith, Facilities
Stefani Blair, Communications

What We Do

The Convent & Stuart Hall Eco-Council helps students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents from the four-school community to be good stewards of the environment. The large group is divided into four project teams:

  • Recycling/Composting, Conservation (paper, electricity, heat)
  • Water (filtration possibilities and plastic elimination)
  • Alternative Energy (long-range solar ideas).
Each project team is guided by four areas of focus: Resourcing, Cost, Health and Education/ Communication.