“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” -Native American Proverb
Each day we take steps to reduce our ecological footprint and make our school a healthy place for children. Below are some of the ways we put this into action:
- We use all natural, biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products
- Our daily snack is served using reusable plates, bowls and cups as opposed to disposable products.
- Our snack policy requires that foods served at school contain no artificial colors, artificial sugars (such as high fructose corn syrup), or hydrogenated oils.
- Our school-to-home communication is done primarily through email. When we do purchase printing paper, it is recycled.
- We have a permanent shelf of recycled products available for children to build, design, invent and create with. (Some of their favorites are paper towel tubes, tissue boxes, egg cartons, cereal boxes, and baby food jars.)
- We’ve taken steps to make recycling at school easy and automatic for the children and adults.
- We compost our fruit & veggie scraps and use the compost in our school garden. School families are welcome to take compost home for their own gardens as well.
- We plant native, California-friendly trees and shrubs.
- When purchasing new items for the school we look for well made, long lasting items as opposed to lower quality items that are likely to break and need to be replaced more often.
- When appliances need to be replaced we purchase ones that are energy star approved.
- We’ve moved away from using easily breakable “goody bag” type toys as prizes at class parties and instead focus on the fun, games and making memories together. The children have just as much fun and a lot less plastic ends up in the landfill!
- We participated in the California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program (CPEEP) and replaced our older, energy intensive equipment with more efficient alternatives.
- We are a member of Sustainable Danville