Waring brings sustainability into school pedagogy though curriculum, the student Sustainability Initiative, and other venues.
The Waring School Sustainability Initiative is a collection of students from varying grades whose common goal and efforts are focused on the betterment of the Waring environment by:
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 consumption and 72% of our greenhouse gas emissions.
In response, Waring is currently completing analysis of energy usage in the School, the House and the Forum buildings, and the Waring Sustainability Committee is developing recommendations for improvements.
Further, 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 three passenger cars off the road. The project saves the school $7,000 annually.
Recycling, and Compost
Waring has had composting programs since the school's founding in 1972 and today, students run the composting program. Over the years, Waring has continued to fine tune and expand its recycling program. In 2015, Waring committed to eliminate single use plastics and water bottles, making all on-campus events zero waste. 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 Waring's strategy to divert 90% of its waste from landfill/incineration to recycling and composting.