About Waring
Sustainability at Waring

Sustainable Operations


Examining the energy use and carbon footprint of our buildings, we see that two school buildings – the House and the Forum, represent 50% of our energy spend and 72% of our greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2015, Waring completed a major campus-wide endeavor to retrofit nearly all lighting to LED lights, reducing greenhouse gases 14 metric tons annually – the equivalent of taking 3 passengers off the road. The project saves the school $7,000 annually. Further, the Waring Sustainability Committee is currently completing analysis of energy usage in the School, the House and the Forum buildings and developing recommendations for improvements.

Waste and Recycling

Waring has continued to fine tune and expand its recycling program over the years. The student led elective has worked with school tutorials to conduct periodic waste audits of recycling and trash containers (see below). In 2015, Waring committed to eliminating single use plastics and water bottles and with all on campus events being so-called zero waste events. Driven by a team of committed parents, students and staff these events are run using reusable, recyclable or compostable cutlery, cups, and other food service items. These zero waste events are an important part of our strategy to divert 90% of our waste from landfill/incineration to recycling and composting.
Waste Recycling and Trash Audit Finding

  • Very little recycling contamination
  • Lots of trash contamination in School and House (roughly 1/3)
  • Overall 81% of items ended up in the right bin
Waring School has had composting programs dating back to the school’s founding in 1982! Today, the students run the school’s composting program and are charged with quality control and emptying the bins. Black Earth, a local composting business, picks up our compost and processes at its facility on the North Shore.