FCDS Green Campus Initiative
Going green is more than just a buzzword. The world is full of examples demonstrating that economic growth and environmental protection go hand in hand. The school is taking measurable steps to effect change in each of the five pillars of our school’s sustainability efforts – education, service learning, community partnerships, operations, and student health and well-being. FCDS continues to acknowledge, celebrate and fulfill its responsibility to promote the sustainable use of the Earth and its resources. It’s in this spirit that we move forward with the Green Campus Initiative.
For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Andy Clifton.
- Our campus is designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. This certification recognizes the diversity of life on our campus, which provides terrific learning opportunities in all divisions. Check out the sign in front of the school next to the flag pole.
- Students in grades 2-4 participated in a project to raise funds for Hydrating Humanity. After school, the Science in Action Club, or SIA, made science toys such as pinwheels and slime. The students held a bake/toy sale and sold the items to raise money for Hydrating Humanity. The funds will go towards building wells and pumps and to educating school children about washing their hands and other hygiene measures to stay healthy.
- Middle School students continue to develop and maintain a community garden.
- Students in the Green Campus Seminar have visited TS Designs, a sustainable t-shirt company, and The Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, the first LEED certified hotel in the country. Students learned about the sustainable business model of people, planet, and profits.
- Engineering students have worked to design a solar-powered golf cart. This is a follow up to a previous solar panel project, which is harnessing the sun’s energy to provide energy for the engineering classroom.
- The facilities department uses Certified Green Seal cleaning products, microfiber dust cloths and mop heads, and HEPA filters on all cleaning staff vacuums.
- HVAC software (Tridium Enterprise Automation and JACE Building Controllers) – Controls settings and times for HVAC at school
- Composting kitchen food scraps through Gallins Farm
- Flik Dining Services sustainable dining program
- Comprehensive school-wide recycling program
- Computer energy management plan
- Efforts to go paperless, i.e. grade reports
- Idle-free zones on campus to reduce pollution
- Occupancy lighting sensors on campus
- Full-spectrum bulbs and CFLs are used wherever possible (lamps). Evaluating the use of LED lighting technology.
- Energy efficient hand dryers (Xcelerator High Efficiency Dryers) in restrooms
- Motion sensor faucets are being installed as replacements are needed
- Motion sensors (automatic flushers) on all toilets and urinals
- Changed over to “on demand hot water” (Rinnai) in Lowrey Lower School, the Kuhn Early Childhood Center, and the Dining Hall kitchen
- Post-consumer recycled content toilet paper
- Have eliminated all interior asbestos in old buildings
- Students in all divisions provide labor for the recycling program.
- Funds for the school’s recycling program and composting program have been raised by Upper School students.
- Lower School students have raised funds for Loggerhead turtle conservation and Hydrating Humanity.
- Middle School students manage a community garden partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank.
- Students have promoted Goodwill’s Donate to Educate Program in an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
- Upper School students volunteer at the Piedmont Earth Day Fair and have sponsored the fair for many years.
- Students in all divisions donate books each year to the Green Books Project, which provides books for schools in need and raises funds to support area initiatives such as energy efficient lighting to low-income downtown housing residents and the first Habitat for Humanity GreenBuild.
- Gallins Farm (composting)
- Archive Records Storage (document shredding and recycling)
- Waste Industries (recycling)
- The National Green Schools Alliance
- TS Designs
- The Chikhale School in India
- Piedmont Environmental Alliance (host of the Piedmont Earth Day Fair).
Student Health and Well Being
- The maintenance staff uses GreenSeal certified cleaning products to eliminate student exposure to harsh cleaning agents. They also use microfiber dust cloths/mop heads and HEPA filters on all vacuums to eliminate contaminants.
- Each carpool area is designated as an “Idle Free” zone to reduce air pollution and to prevent exhaust from circulating into buildings. This is especially important for students with asthma (almost 8 percent of our student population).
- Flik’s sustainable dining program provides access to fresh fruits and vegetables and promotes proper nutrition.
- Students have access to nurses in the health room and counseling services.