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At SHS, sustainability is not just an academic concept, but rather a community-wide commitment to improve the school, the local neighborhood and larger world in which we live, and above all, to live up to the standards detailed in our Goals and Criteria, which guides us to teach respect for creation and prepare our students to be good stewards of the earth's resources.
Made manifest in numerous ways through our curriculum, our partnership with SHS families, student- and faculty-led projects, and an emphasis on ensuring the preservation of our historic campus through energy efficient new construction, sustainability initiatives reflect our institutional belief that a commitment to intentional individual action results in a greater good for the many.
St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
Your example, even more than your words, will be an eloquent lesson to the world.
Careful planning, renovation, and construction have helped maintain the historic SHS campus, which is home to five LEED-certified structures and the first library in the country to earn Net Zero Energy Building certification.
SHS continues to support its commuter population, as a growing number of students, faculty, and staff are opting to utilize public transit or bike to campus as a way to make a personal commitment to sustainability.
Utilizing the abundant on-campus resources inherent in the SHS Farm & Gardens and partnership with campus caterer Epicurean, SHS students are taking part in all cycles of food from cultivation to harvest to production and consumption.
From the academic to the experiential, SHS students have a variety of ways to take part in the campus’ commitment to green initiatives--in some cases, sparking their own independent projects or efforts to inform and improve the community
As part of a growing national network of schools sharing ideas and best practices in green efforts, a recognized green campus model, and a school that acts intentionally to maximize its commitment to energy efficiency, SHS is further deepening its commitment to environmental sustainability.