Education for Sustainability
Our small school and even smaller class sizes, allow us to involve students in the design, instillation, and monitoring of our school's green initiatives. Our science curriculum is designed to engage students to participate in the act of resource preservation as we know that increasing students environmental knowledge while also employing instructional practices that focus on interdisciplinary and place-based problem solving influence behavior change towards sustainability.
Following the three pillars identified by the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for green schools: We strive to increase our awareness and practice to improve occupants' health, reduce environment impact, and increase sustainability literacy.
Native Landscaping: Our school grounds have been replanted with Californian native plants. Shade tolerant woodland plants help control erosion, limit storm-water run-off, produce oxygen, and serve as an urban habitat for native organisms. Our students' efforts have earned our campus a National Wildlife Habitat Certification (2017).
Smart Irrigation: An automated drip watering system has been installed throughout our campus. Mobile control, automated forecast watering, and weekly usage updates allow our staff and students to monitor our water usage.
Solar Energy: Rooftop solar panels (under construction) supply our science room with sun-generated electricity offsetting some the lab's energy demands. Students can “plug-in” and experience the variations of the sun’s energy output.
Our science lab features many sustainable components.
Low-Flow Water Faucets: In the science lab sinks save a gallon of water flow per minute.
LED Lighting: LED's offer students a cleaner, healthier, more productive lighting environment, and demonstrates energy-efficient lighting systems.
Motion Sensor Switches: Overhead motion detectors save energy by automatically turning off the lights when occupants leave the room.
Smart Outlets: Smart outlets located around the science lab teaches students about "vampire" electricity.
Soaps, Cleaners & Tissue: Biodegradable soaps, cleaners, and non-bleached tissues are used in the science lab.
Indoor Air Quality Monitoring: Monitors in the science lab allows students to see the air quality fluctuations at our school.
Rainwater Harvesting: Students irrigate our vegetable gardens and native plants with captured rainwater.
Hydroponic Gardens: 6th grade students become “botanists” as they learn the water-saving techniques of “water only” farming. The garden water is sourced from our rain barrels.
Rooftop Worm Farm: Food scraps from student lunches, staff coffee grounds, and veggie crops feed our worms and other compost organisms.
Transportation: Our community is aware transportation is a main cause of carbon pollution. Our most recent pledge is to limit the number of cars that are on the road by initiating a number of carbon reduction alternatives for our commuters. Including, carpooling contests, bike to school days, and a PHS bus that transports students to and from school.
The rooftop demonstration garden purposely showcases sustainable growing methods.