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Environmental Stewardship

Sharing diverse life experiences, ideas, and values, students learn humility, resilience, and mutual respect. Through access to the educational and cultural resources of the nation's capital, students are inspired to understand and embrace a changing world. Together, faculty and students take initiative as informed citizens and environmental stewards.
    • A winding path through Laird Acres, 32 acres of undeveloped land behind Hummel Bowl.

      A winding path through Laird Acres, 32 acres of undeveloped land behind Hummel Bowl.

Through formal and informal learning experiences, students study environmental science and social studies; develop an understanding of the importance of preserving natural resources, both at the School and in the greater community; and learn the value of giving to others through sustainable and green-service practices. The School stewards by example, whether through ensuring that all new campus buildings are LEED certified, facilitating environmental science courses, replacing light bulbs, or improving the trash and recycling system on campus. Through these efforts, and the continuing education of the School community, Episcopal continues to make great strides in becoming a greener and more sustainable campus.

Operational Initiatives

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  • Building and Land Use

    • All new campus construction since 2005 has been LEED-certified. LEED-certified buildings include the Baker Science Center, Hershey Athletics, and Townsend Hall.
    • As part of The EHS Promise campaign, more than 530 tree and 260 shrubs have been planted on campus, with new plans developing for more trees and planting around campus. 
    • A sustainable organic garden is maintained by students under the leadership of a science teacher. The garden provides food for the hungry in Arlington. Most of the produce has gone to the Plant a Row for the Hungry Campaign.
  • Energy

    • The School has installed energy-saving light fixtures with T-8 or T-5 fluorescent lamps in all new construction and renovations.
    • Motion sensors have been installed in halls, bathrooms, classrooms, and offices throughout campus and in all new construction and renovations.
    • Incandescent lamps have been replaced with energy-saving fluorescent and LED lamps throughout campus, including faculty residences.
    • New high-efficieny appliances, windows, and French doors have been installed in faculty residences and dormitories.
    • The School provides free compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to the EHS on-campus community.
    • All fluorescent lamps are disposed of in a fluorescent lamp crusher that isolates dust and mercury vapor.
    • Document shredding is provided every year for big shreds and bi-weekly for the business and admissions offices.
    • We use cleaning products that contain less packaging and are significantly less toxic to the environment than conventional chemicals.
  • Food Service

    • The dining hall is a Certified Green Restaurant®
    • We prepare our foods from whole, fresh ingredients, limiting the use of processed foods and avoiding products containing artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and high levels of sodium.
    • We only serve chicken and turkey that have been produced with the restricted use of antibiotics.
    • We have made a commitment to serve fresh milk only from cows that have been certified to be free of the artificial growth hormones rBGH/rBST.
    • We serve only cage-free shell eggs.
    • We offer napkins made from 100% recycled materials.
    • We recycle all cardboard, glass, plastic, and metal packaging used in food production.
    • We use cleaning products that contain less packaging and are significantly less toxic to the environment than conventional chemicals.
    • We offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Items are local and organic as availability permits.
  • Solid Waste

    The School has implemented a campus-wide recycling program: 
      • All cardboard, glass, plastic, and metal packaging used in food production is recycled. These are single-stream recycling compactors.
      • Recycling bins are located throughout campus and are painted and labeled to distinguish between trash and recycling.
      • All food wastes from the kitchen are composted.
      • CFLs, batteries, and other household waste can be disposed of in a receptacle on campus that is then delivered to a recycling facility. 
      • Bottle-filler stations have been installed in all dorms and most buildings to encourage reusable water instead of plastic water bottles.
      • 100 percent recycled paper is used in all school printers and copiers, and most printers are set for double-sided printing. 
      • Fryer oil in the School's kitchen is collected for recycling by Greenlight Biofuels.

ORGANIC GARDENING

Students and faculty maintain a sustainable organic garden. The garden provides food for the hungry in Arlington, Va.
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