To better the world, the Laurel School community is committed to promoting sustainable practices through education and action.
Laurel School is committed to environmental sustainability. We believe being responsible in our use of the earth’s resources is the right thing to do. It is right for our students, our community, our global reach and our well-being.
How do we do this?
We are committed to lowering our waste-landfill ratio. Our current recycling system reduces the amount of waste we send to the landfill by an average of 60%. We conduct all-school recycling challenges each year to help develop good habits and remind our-selves of its importance.
We currently divert paper, paperboard, aluminum, glass, plastics and markers out of our landfill waste stream.
We conduct a food waste composting program in our dining room. All lunch scraps, milk cartons and paper products are sent to an off-site composting facility that turns our waste into usable soil, diverting an average of 300 pounds of waste from the landfill weekly.
In addition, our Primary and Pre-Primary Divisions compost their snack waste on-site in four backyard compost containers. The students are able to see the process and learn about decomposition first hand. Best of all, they are able to use the soil made from their waste in gardening projects.
We proudly build “green”!
Our Butler Center for Fitness and Wellness is Certified Silver from the U. S. Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
The third floor of our Lyman Campus building was recently renovated with energy efficiency and green resources as tenets. It hosts motion sensor lighting for energy savings, a reusable water bottle filling station and sustainable furnishings.
Our Lyman Campus building is close to 100 years old; at times, this can be a challenge when it comes to sustainability! However, in our Dream, Dare, Do mentality, we are retrofitting our building to be as energy efficient as possible. Many of our spaces now possess motion sensor lighting fixtures, energy efficient windows, Energy Star appliances and sustainable furnishings. Thanks to our participation in two national “Green Cup Energy Challenges” (which we won in 2013!), our students, faculty and staff are well versed in energy saving actions such as efficient computer use, “unplugging” and turning off lights when leaving a room. When repairs are necessary, we make sustainable choices whenever possible.