About Waring
Sustainability at Waring

Engaged Learning Community

Waring brings sustainability into school pedagogy though curriculum, the student Sustainability Initiative, and other venues.

Curriculum

List of 6 items.

  • Humanities

    Classes include discussions about population, place, and politics in different parts of the world. These discussions naturally incorporate environmental issues and sustainability.
  • Core (Grades 6 and 7) Science

    Core dedicates an entire unit on energy and energy sources. During the 2016-2017 academic year, students examine energy data and perform an energy audit.  
  • Group 1 (Grade 8) Science

    Earth science is studied in Group 1 focusing on human influence on the geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. 
  • Group 2 (Grade 9) Science

    During Group 2 biology, sustainability topics are discussed all year. Some of the topics significantly addressed are: invasive species, ozone hole depletion, ecological servicing – waste has to be absorbed by the environment, bio-accumulation of toxins and pesticides in food webs, tragedy of the “commons”, humans being as an organism, population rise, carrying capacity, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, water cycle, global warming, evolution, mass extinctions, and cancer.
  • Group 5 (Grade 12) Ecology/Oceans and Climate

    In the one semester course of Oceans and Climate, students study the effects of global warming and climate change on the oceans and in the other ecology. Each senior also develops a research project addressing the challenges that are faced on environmental issues in the Gulf of Maine.
  • Group 5 (Grade 12) Chemistry

    Environmental and sustainability issues are studied and incorporated into many components Group 5's  chemistry class. The laboratory is also focusing on Green Chemistry methods and learning about the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry.

Sustainability Initiative

The Waring School sustainability initiative is a collective of students from varying grades whose common goal and efforts are: focusing on the betterment of the Waring environment through sustainable and eco-friendly practices; educating the school committee during All School Meetings; meeting with internal and external key players in the campus maintenance and best green practices; managing composting; and signage for recycling, trash and teracycle. Students teach one Core health class about environmental issues and smart choices. Leaders of the elective participate to the subcommittee to the buildings and grounds on sustainability issues.