The St. Paul's Green Committee is pleased to announce a week of environmentally-focused activities commencing with the Saturday, April 22, observance of Earth Day. The week's activities will advance the School's commitment to responsible stewardship of our beautiful campus and planet. St. Paul's observance is named "Eaarth Week," calling attention to the claim that Earth has been transformed by human activities into a different planet, one with a potentially unfavorable environment for mankind as well as many other species.
The week will be highlighted by the annual presentation of the Catherine L. McAuliffe Environmental Leadership Award, recognizing outstanding contributions by a student, teacher, staff member or group that promotes a more environmentally sustainable campus and planet. The Award was established when Mrs. McAuliffe retired in 2010 to recognize the leadership she demonstrated during her 26 years at the School in advancing a campus-wide commitment to a greener, more environmentally sustainable St. Paul's
Saturday, April 22
A bus trip to the March for Science in Washington will be organized if warranted by student and faculty interest.
Monday, April 24 – Water Day
Any time a student wants to use water during class (drink or bathroom) they should be reminded of the efforts other people around the world go through to use water.
Screening of the film "Merchants of Doubt," in Fisher Hall, 7-9 p.m. The film is 90 minutes, and a brief discussion will follow. View the trailer.
Tuesday, April 25 – Electricity Day
We will start the day with a campus-wide "Hour Without Power," encouraging all faculty, staff, and students to switch all lights, computers, smartboards, ipads, photocopiers, and personal electronics to the OFF mode for a 60-minute period. Some community members may try to extend the shutoff throughout the day.
During Upper School advisory, students will collect trash from around the campus, including in the adjacent streams. The Upper School will also work with Lower School students on recycling issues.
Wednesday, April 26 – Food and Drink Waste and Disposables
Community members will strive to not use any disposable cutlery, cups, plates, etc., as we discuss the prevalence of throwaway products. There will be no vending machine use during the day.
Thursday, April 27 - Travel
Consider carpooling, and walking or biking to school where possible. Parents in carpool line will be asked not to idle their engines. The day's focus will be on ways we can reduce our carbon footprint in traveling to work and school.
Friday, April 28 – Paperless Day
Community members will strive to not use any paper or paper products, as we discuss the importance of resource use awareness.
The Upper School will hold an Ecoswap for school dress, enabling boys to reuse clothing that no longer fits others.
Saturday, April 29 – Dark Sky Presentation/Trip
Light pollution is making impossible to see stars in the night sky. This overnight camping trip to northeast Pennsylvania's Cherry Springs State Park will give students access to one of the best places on the east coast for stargazing. The day begins with a lecture in the Ward Center by Milt Roney of the International Dark Sky Associations.
Teachers will be asked to teach an eco-related lesson in each class at some point during the week. Teachers who do this in all classes will get a free dress day.
The Maintenance Department will have the recycling trailer ready to collect recyclables for the week, moving it from location to location on campus with one of the School's zero emission golf carts.