Eco-Schools Press Launch at PS 31, November 18, 2015
Parents of PS 31 do you know what we have accomplished so far as an EcoSchool?
Successes From 2015 – 2016
Increased green space in our school garden which was designed and built by our STEM students.
Thanks to our Super Hero Waste Warriors and Staff! 86% average of school-wide waste was diverted from the landfill. 93% average of cafeteria waste was diverted from the landfill. Three bin recycling station in every classroom with DSNY signage.
Reduced energy consumption by an average of 12.6%
Toilets were retrofitted to low flow saving in water usage. Porcelain from old toilets used in Billion Oyster Project to help make habitats for expansion of oyster population.
Eco-School Pathways and Goals for 2016-2017
Reduces waste by 25%
Reduce energy by 10%
Reduce water by 5%
Reduce use of harmful chemicals and improve air quality.
Increase green space on school grounds.
If we complete our pathway deliverables we will be awarded the Eco-School's Green Flag this year!
Design Legacy Project
For every pound we divert from the landfill, we earn $1.
So far we have $10,000.
We can earn up to $30,000 to invest in a sustainable design, educational, infrastructure project that leaves a legacy.
We must use it within the time frame of the grant before January 2018.
Design and Implement Community Service Project
We have $5,000! Service that involves and benefits the community - connected to students and the curriculum.
Alison Schuettinger, Sustainability Coach, Greenpoint EcoSchools, National Wildlife Federation
PS 31 is one of four public schools participating in the Greenpoint EcoSchools program funded by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund. Employed by the National Wildlife Federation, Alison is PS 31's full-time Sustainability Coach designing and implementing school-wide comprehensive sustainability initiatives that address the school’s infrastructure, curriculum and culture to become a Green Flag EcoSchool. Working with all the players inside the school, including the DOE Sustainability Coordinator, outside city agencies and partner organizations, Alison spearheads specific reductions in energy, waste and water, while increasing green space and improving air quality at PS 31. She designs lessons, teaches and works closely with the teachers to embed Education for Sustainability (EFS) in the curriculum.