Environmentalism is inherent in Convent of the Sacred Heart’s Goals and Criteria. Therefore, Sacred Heart's commitment to the environment is an extension of our mission.
“Goal Three: Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to a social awareness which impels to action. Criterion Five: The school teaches respect for creation and prepares students to be stewards of the earth’s resources.”
Statement of Environmental Commitment
Convent of the Sacred Heart is committed to being environmentally responsible. The school will inspire all in the 91st Street community to advocate for and take action to address environmental issues. We will lead by example and our evolving curriculum will reflect current environmental realities.
We Will Fulfill Our Commitment by:
- Leading by example and consistently making decisions that demonstrate our respect for the planet.
- Engaging all students, grades Pre-K through 12, in environmental education rooted within our curriculum.
How Sacred Heart Lives Each Day as Earth Day
- Ninety-first Street joined with more than 100 other schools in New York State to be a part of the Green Schools Alliance. As part of our pledge to the GSA, we developed short-term and long-term action plans for environmental sustainability and identified community-wide initiatives. For more information about the Green Schools Alliance, please visit the following link: http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/.
- Our printing company, Capital Offset, passed certification as a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) business. FSC certified printers comply with the highest social and environmental standards on the market and all of Sacred Heart’s publications are printed under FSC guidelines. For more information about the Forest Stewardship Council, please visit the following link: http://www.fsc.org/.
- Convent of the Sacred Heart uses Flik International, a division of Compass Group, for our dining and select catering services. Ninety-first Street has stopped using traditional paper cups, bowls and plates in the cafeteria for take-out service. We now offer compostable “ecotainer” cups and bowls, which are made from fully renewable resources. All paper plates are made from recycled materials, and traditional plastic take-out containers are no longer purchased or available for use. For more information about the Compass Group initiatives, please visit their website at the following link: www.cgnad.com/compass360.
- The Convent of the Sacred Heart technology department tracks the copy machines and printers to determine the number of copies each month, how many are double-sided, and the number of pages printed each month from duplex printers that are not two-sided. A card-initiated copying policy was initiated in the fall of 2013. Additionally, the school participates in toner and component recycling programs.
- The Parents Association made a commitment to being as paperless as possible in all of their communication efforts. The P2P newsletter is now sent out electronically only, and all sign-up forms are offered online with minimal hard copies distributed.
- The business office is in the process of scanning all documents for a paperless filing system. All salary statements are paperless and available on-line from ADP, our payroll company.
- The development company continues to transition to reduced paper communication procedures. The new Athletics and Wellness Center was constructed using environmentally conscious materials and is currently in the process of receiving LEED certification. For more information on LEED certification please visit the following link: click here.
Some of Examples of Curricular Integration of Environmental Responsibility
- In the Lower School, art teacher and the kindergarten students scour their homes and the school for materials that could be used to make their very own Sacred Heart doll. As one of the favorite projects for the girls, each student creates an image of herself, fashioned out of paint, paper, and clothing. During the entire process, the girls are learning about the importance of recycling and reusing materials, while creatively imagining new uses for each. The dolls are on display in the school for the months of October and November. Additionally, educational supplies are collected at the end of the year and distributed to domestic and international schools in need.
- In the Middle School student representatives serve as Eco-Ambassadors for each class. Among the responsibilities for the student representatives is leading the scavenger hunt for recycle bins in the middle school and taking inventory of the recycling bins. The Middle School has also set goals for reducing faculty paper waste. The Middle School Environmental Club will be creating a special environmental news section on the all-school intranet.
- In the Upper School, the Environmental Club members remind all teachers and students about the location of the recycle bins in each classroom.
- Student leaders in environmental sustainability presented to the Upper School during an X-Period their projects and community service work from the summer. Among the presentations were those regarding work at the United Nations and the SC3, an environmental congress created by the Green Schools Alliance and held annually at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC).
- Members of the Upper School Environmental Club, as well as some faculty, staff and parents of 91st Street, have attended the GSA's Annual Meeting at the Nightingale-Bamford School. In addition to networking with other clubs members, the students returned energized with new ideas for events for 91st Street.
- Each year the Environmental Science Class organizes an Earth Day prayer service for the Upper School and a web-based interactive presentation for the entire 91st Street community.