Happy Earth Day! An important part of Nido's mission is inspiring students to be impactful stewards of a rapidly changing world. With this goal, Nido destined funds raised through the 2017 Kermess to develop an environmental sustainability plan that would provide a baseline analysis of Nido's current situation and recommendations for Nido to further its commitment to sustainability in three areas — the campus, the curriculum, and the Nido community.
As previously announced, Nido is working with Traesure, a company dedicated to fostering sustainable use of resources, to help us develop this roadmap. Since November, Traesure has worked with us to gather information from the School and community through focus groups (with faculty, parents, and students), a survey, and data from facilities on the use of resources on campus. We greatly appreciate the participation of everyone who contributed during this initial stage. Traesure has already completed the draft report and will soon be presenting the administration with its final recommendations.
In the meantime, Nido is already taking steps to advance in the area of sustainability:
- Earth Week in the High School focused on efforts to refuse or reduce single use plastic with daily assemblies focused on various sustainability initiatives.
- The Middle School will have grade level specific lessons and activities to celebrate Earth Day and engage the students in examining how their own habits could be improved to reduce their impact on the environment and to be conscientious consumers of the Earth's resources.
- Meetings amongst dedicated faculty are also underway to begin the process of implementing sustainability curriculum more completely from ES up to HS.
- The cafeteria is stopping use of plastic bags on April 23rd.
- A new recycling program is planned for 2018-2019.
- The School's facilities department is considering how to reduce our use of water and energy, as well as the School's waste.
As we look around Nido, we are reminded of the saying that is often discussed with our students "Be the change you wish to see in the world." We must continue to make a meaningful and impactful difference, both individually and collectively, to move us toward a more sustainable School.