Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
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Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Waste Sorting Station
Budget: $2500

In a continued effort to reduce waste on campus, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy would like to install a waste sorting station in the planned sustainable cafeteria in the new Lower School building similar to those in other SCH cafeterias. This will allow us to continue the current and successful waste sorting on campus, making the goal of a zero-waste cafeteria within reach.

SCH is proud to offer a rigorous academic program intently focused on preparing our students for their future, while providing them endless opportunities to explore new passions. This includes our significant and enduring commitment to environmental sustainability and our bold environmental and outdoor education programs starting in Pre-Kindergarten. For over ten years, we have been educating our students on the benefits of recycling, waste reduction, and composting. Our program of environmental awareness includes recycle bins in every classroom, limited printed materials, a large solar panel array, a Gold LEED-certified building, rain barrels and rain gardens, student-led waste reduction initiatives, and daily composting. In 2012, we were the only Pennsylvania private school to be selected as a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. In the 2015-2016 school year, the school’s cafeterias were upgraded to 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant status by the Green Restaurant Association. Recently, SCH Academy was the first independent school in Pennsylvania to be named a Green Flag Eco-School by the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program. SCH is currently building a new Lower School and would like to continue these green efforts by installing waste sorting stations in the cafeteria. Students at SCH Academy have learned to sort the cafeteria waste into three categories: landfill, compost and recycling. The new sorting station will look the same as the existing sorting stations located in the other cafeterias to ensure consistency for the students. The youngest students are excellent learners and embrace environmental causes with passion and zeal. Teaching them to sort waste early will ensure success throughout their school years and prepare them for environmental mindfulness throughout their lives.

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