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Sustainability

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nvironmental stewardship takes a unique personality on each of our three campuses, and each campus raises awareness of environmental stewardship through learning, action, and education wtihin the campus community.

Lower School:


Fifth Grade Environmental Sustainability Committee – This committee meets monthly to promote better practices on the Lower School campus. Students study waste, recycling and energy conservation, and the campus landscape. The students make assembly presentations to their peers and are the campuses’ “green stewards.”

Creation Trail –  The 14-stop trail connects significant natural features of the campus in a prayerful, meditative journey. Designed by Clay Kane ’13, the trail is prayed by the students when they are in their religion classes and is available to all community members via a system of QR codes at each marked stop.

Bee Hives – Four bee hives find their home at a quiet corner of the Lower School campus. The bee hives are included in the science curriculum at both the Lower and Middle Schools.

Kinder Garden – The garden attracts butterflies and pollinators to the Lower School and is adjacent to the kindergarten classrooms. The garden features plants native to the Potomac valley and its blooms and berries provide interest year round.

Middle School:

Students Engaging in Enviornmental Dedication (SEED) - This club engages students in understanding of the choices made by each individual. A garden allows SEED club members to sow and harvest vegetables, and to grow plants that host pollinators.

Greenhouse - The campus greenhouse is used by science classes and SEED club members to grow seedlings for the SSSAS campuses and to study botany and horticulture.

Upper School:

Perkins Courtyard - The organic garden and native plant collections in the central courtyard provide a laboratory, meditative, and spiritual space for the Upper School community. Food harvested in the courtyard is donated to a local food bank and students take an active role in planting and harvesting.

Upper School Student Environmental Club - The environmental club promotes practices among students to reduce waste, encourage recycling, and to curb energy consumption at the Upper School.  Its student members also host environmental film nights and take leading roles in the Students for Sustainability Conference (S4S).

Questions about environmental sustainability initiatives should be directed to Brian Kane, director of environmental stewardship, at bkane@sssas.org or 703-212-2912.
All-School Initiatives
Green Cup Challenge –  SSSAS participates each winter in the national Green Cup Challenge to record energy savings in each campus building. Students and faculty conserve as much energy as possible during the four weeks, and our campuses also compete internally. SSSAS has consistently posted first or second place in the mid-Atlantic region annually, reducing its monthly energy use as much as 28%.

•  Environmental Awareness Week -  The week in April raises awareness on individual and collective practices related to waste, energy, and transportation. Assemblies, earth-friendly activities, competitions, and tree plantings are held on each campus during the week.  Students and parents encourage families to walk, bike, carpool, or take public transport to school.

Recycling and Waste Reduction -  Campus initiatives include single-stream recycling, intermittent composting, and long-term awareness raising with the help of teachers, students and families. Our goal is to match or surpass the 48% rate of recycling in the City of Alexandria.

Students 4 Sustainability Conference

Linking Faith and Sustainability - Membership in Interfaith Power and Light (GWIPL), Mid-Atlantic Episcopal Schools Association (MAESA), and the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE) offers SSSAS faculty and staff professional development opportunities surrounding environmental sustainability and faith.