Earth Week 2015: MB sustainability updates

Around this time, we on the MB Sustainability Committee like to update the community on our work, which has been focused around several areas this school year:

Composting

Through our partnership with local company Compost Plant, we are collecting compostable material from some lower school classrooms, as well as a large amount of from our cafeteria, for pick-up on a weekly basis. The below video — A Day In the Life Of An Apple Core at MB — shows this process in action, with the help of a first grade student and members of our food service staff.

Recycle/Trash?

We created signage to make it crystal clear which bins are for recycling and which are for the landfill, and we distributed these through much of our campus earlier this year.

FullSizeRenderSolar Power

This year, we have been working to support the school’s efforts to bring solar power to Moses Brown. As of now, the school has applied for grant funding, asked for proposals from installation companies, and identified viable rooftop locations. In addition we have begun conversations with faculty about the ways in which we can connect solar panels on campus to meaningful student learning. While we are still awaiting grant funding and will eventually need Board approval, we are very hopeful that solar power at Moses Brown will become a reality.

Making the new Woodman Center GREEN

Our school will soon break ground for the construction of a new Community Performance Center. A great deal of work has been done to try to make the new building as sustainably constructed as possible. Some of the related components/systems being planned include:

  • The project has been designed using the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) guidelines. If certified, the project would achieve LEED Silver rating
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures
  • Day lighting systems and room occupancy sensors
  • Occupancy and CO2 monitoring that provides heating and cooling system shutdowns when spaces are not in use
  • Window shades that automatically adjust with sunlight sensor
  • High-efficiency boilers
  • Use of building materials that are both sustainable and manufactured locally (within 500 miles of the project site)
  • Low VOC emitting finishes
  • Building designed to accommodate future solar panels
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