We continually work on ways to reduce the environmental impact of our building and operations by decreasing water and energy usage, and minimizing landfill waste. The Eco-Schools program prompts us to find and exploit operational efficiencies where we can. Our “no disposable water bottle” policy is one example of how we are all — boys, faculty, staff, and parents — taking small steps to reduce environmental impact by using reusable bottles to enjoy the clean drinking water from our taps.
In recent years, we have, through boys’ fundraising and generous gifts to the school, planned and installed two major greening features for our school grounds.
The perimeter of our soccer fields features our two-year old fence line grapevines. For years, our student leaders wondered how we could improve the look of that chainlink fence and finally, with the help of Lawrence Park Garden Care, our Earthlings planted the new vines in the spring of 2010. We have replaced a few each spring, and do hope that those tentative new plants will fill in the fence.
In 2011-2012, to mark the retirement of former principal Ian Robinson and to recognize his dedication to the school, a greening renovation of Ian Robinson Quad was undertaken. Student Council, The Earthlings, and faculty and staff worked together with Lawrence Park Garden Centre to plan and design the furnishings and plantings. A generous gift from the Bickle Foundation made the greening of the Ian Robinson Quad possible.
Other accomplishments include compost and recycling programs, renewable electricity from Bullfrog Power, water-reduction initiatives, battery collection, a no-idling policy, and use of FSC-certified paper.