SAGE, our independent food service, exclusively uses biodegradable paper towels, napkins, plates, flatware and cups or inventory than can be washed; uses bulk milk and juice dispensers in lieu of single cartons; harvests an on-site herb garden; relies, to the extent possible, on locally produced foods; and composts all food waste. In an effort to minimize the use of plastic water bottles, water bottle re-filling stations and water coolers have been installed strategically on campus and are available at most special events.
The campus has several recycling programs that process most of the waste generated on campus: the sophomore class collects trash from single-stream recycling containers located in every room to a central receptacle which is emptied by a third party vendor for separation and recycling; as mentioned above, SAGE separates organic material created in food preparation which is picked up by a third party vendor for composting; the plant operations department takes discarded electronic devices and light bulbs to off-campus sites for recycling and hazardous chemical disposal.
In addition to shifting to electronic distribution of many of the school's communications with constituents (Parent Newsletter, invitations, e-mail blasts), all of our major print publications meet both FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and SGP (Sustainable Green Printing Partnership) standards.
For the past decade, our fine arts department has moved beyond traditional methods in printmaking that require acids, toxic resists, strong solvents and oil-based inks to methods that utilize non-toxic materials and water-soluble inks, and water-soluble inks have replaced oil-based inks in the department's work with intaglio, silkscreen, collagraph, relief and monoprinting, allowing all clean-up to be done with soap and water.