SAC'S GREEN PLAN
In January 2009, the Administration decided to strengthen its efforts to make SAC a greener place. We wanted to build on the momentum of student projects and initiatives led by SAGE, such as, banning plastic water bottles on campus, instituting a no-idling policy, using recycled paper, and banning pesticides on the grounds. In short, we wanted a plan for making St. Andrew’s College “the greenest place possible."
To do so, we created a multi-stakeholder Environmental Task Force, comprised of faculty, staff, administrators, parents, and students, which was tasked with developing an Environmental Plan that includes short, medium, and long term goals for greening the School. The Task Force was formed in January 2009 and completed its work in December 2009.
The Environmental Plan
is organized into four categories which focus on different aspects of the School. They are: Education and Curriculum, Community and Communications, Physical Plant and Facilities, and Operations. Over the year, the Task Force and working groups met several times to explore ideas, costs, and benefits of several strategies for greening of the School.
After five years, the ambitious plan has achieved great success including a 25% reduction in energy consumption, a 45% increase in recycling rate, a 30% reduction in paper consumption, and a 15% reduction in carbon footprint/greenhouse gas emissions. To read more about how SAC accomplished its greening mission, click here