Sustainability Projects

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Sustainability Projects

The growing scientific consensus on the climate-altering effects of human activity has increased the necessity to educate students to live sustainably and to be informed conservationists. To this end, the Academy’s Shuyuan is taking the lead in developing and maintaining several sustainability initiatives related to resource management and alternative energy in our school community, thereby encouraging students to take a more active role in conservation.

The ISF Academy produces over 27 metric tons of food waste every year. One of the signature projects of Shuyuan is a school-wide food waste composting system, which not only converts food waste into something productive, but also supports the rigorous microbiology science curriculum and the study and evaluation of greenhouse gases.

In the 2016–17 Academic Year, a school-wide energy management system will be installed in the existing classrooms and throughout the new buildings. As an interdisciplinary curriculum, students will actively participate in the reduction of energy consumption, understand the implications of their consumption habits, and support various service learning requirements.

Two other sustainability projects will also be launched in this academic year. The ISF Academy will install a photovoltaic renewable energy system and set up the Center for Renewable Energy Education (CREE) to introduce different energy options to the whole school community. Additionally, an on-site air pollution monitoring system will be installed on the rooftop of the school building.

One of the more established activities is the “Green Guardians”, a student-led club responsible for promoting an environmentally-friendly learning environment at the Academy. Students plan activities that promote the reduction of the school’s carbon footprint, recycling, conserving energy, initiating the school-wide recycling at the JAM, assisting Primary students in transferring compost to the rooftop gardens, and encouraging the school community to actively look for more sustainable solutions regarding all aspects of school life.

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