Sustainability Timeline

This page contains a timeline of our school's most important sustainability-related initiatives and achievements. It is updated as we achieve greater progress toward becoming an ecologically more responsible community.

1970 Annual Potpourri (500-family garage sale) launched
1971 Drey Land environmental science programs began
1974 Outdoor Education trips and programs began
1993 First course on Ecology and Conservation offered
2002 Joined the Global Youth Leadership program
2002 Urban Issues & Design Class launched
2005 Student Environmental Club established
2005 7th grade Geography and Global Issues course established
2007 Bee colony established to produce honey
2008 Super High Mileage Club established
2009 Biodiesel production began
2010 Herb garden created to provide fresh herbs to the kitchen
2010 Globalization and Sustainability senior elective established
2011 Faculty and Staff Sustainability Committee established
2011 Prairie restoration project completed
2012 Advanced Placement Environmental Science course established
2012 Garden constructed and first garden class offered
2012 Sustainability-themed year
2012 Eliminated sale of water in plastic bottles
2012 Joined a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program
2014 First LEED-certified buildings completed, including the new Taylor Family Athletic Center, new Haertter Performing Arts Center and the renovated Commons and Cissel Center
2014 Low-emitting and car-pooling parking spaces created
2014 Sustainability became a school-wide self-study issue as part of the school’s re-accreditation process
2014 Kitchen and dining room began composting all food waste, along with implementing many other sustainable practices
2014 For the first time, greenhouse used year-round to grow produce for school lunch program
2015 Faculty member used his sabbatical to travel the nation touring schools to learn about best practices in sustainability
2015 Students for Sustainable Change organization created to expand work started by the Student Environmental Club
2015 School-wide composting began to apply to the school’s garden and greenhouse vegetable production
2017 MUN Impact formed at the global level, providing students with a framework for taking action in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. A JBS faculty co-sponsor of THIMUN was one of the thought leaders who created this organization
2018 LEED-certified STAR Building completed, including a geothermal heat pump system and a biodiesel processing facility. Cold weather gardening moved into the STAR’s new greenhouse
2019 STAR Building solar panels brought online
2019 The first UN MUN Summit Impact held in New York, attended by more than 400 students representing 25 nations. Six JBS students presented their Tampon Drive project

JBS Faculty co-sponsor of THIMUN is using his sabbatical to travel the world in search of student leaders and school programs that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals via MUN Impact

2020 The senior Engineering Fundamentals elective completed an international sustainable development project in collaboration with Global Brigades, a 501(c)(3). Students helped to design an improved clean water supply system for an elementary school in rural Panama. The students then raised the $3000 necessary to construct the system, which was completed in April 2021.
Students at Drey Land
A teacher removes a frame from a beehive.
Students work with seedlings in a greenhouse.
Two students prepare to race the Blue Bomber super mileage vehicle on a parking lot on the Burroughs campus.
A chemistry teacher works with a student to test a batch of biodiesel.
A student in safety gear scales a tree.
Two students work in the garden.
A student trims a tree during a service trip to a nature area.
Front view of the STAR building from the Quad
 Three students hold up signs at Model United Nations.
%22JBS%22 written out in red and yellow fall leaves and juniper branches

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