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Recycled paper generates 95% less air pollution. Each ton of recycled paper can save 60 pounds of air pollution, 17 trees or 7,000 gallons of water.
In valuing cooperation over self-interest and recognizing our role as global citizens, St. Mark’s School actively fosters environmental stewardship and sustainable development in its education, planning and practices.
The Ugly Mugs have arrived! This week, several hundred ceramic mugs were made available on campus for student and faculty use, in an effort to significantly reduce and eventually eliminate the need for paper cups at St. Mark’s. Each month, close to 2000 paper cups are used and discarded by members of the St. Mark’s community. The St. Mark’s Green Team hopes to change that.
The 1st Annual St. Mark’s Sustainability Fair was held this past Sunday, May 6, on the School’s Sustainability Meadow, at the corner of Main Street and Rt 85. The event featured a wide range of exhibits, including an environmentally safe car, displays of recycled manufacturing and solar power, and an abundance of plants and animals. There was face painting for the younger kids, food for the hungry, and music provided by a lineup of students, faculty, staff, and special guests.
Katie Ballen, a VI Former from Southborough, has established a colony of bees at St. Mark’s among the remnants of the old apple orchard on the east edge of the campus, behind Thieriot House and along School Street. She was inspired by her study of Virgil with Classics Department Chair Heather Harwood, and she developed this idea into an Independent Study Project combining both the Classics and the environment, with Ms. Harwood as her advisor.
It was a great learning experience for the four students who lead St. Mark's in the annual New England Region Green Cup Challenge (GCC).
Now we have all three choices in one spot!
St. Mark’s School has been recognized as a certified Green Cleaning School by SCORE, a national organization, based out of Illinois, which consults and then certifies educational institutions for implementing Green Cleaning strategies. SCORE is an acronym for School Cleaning Organization and Redesign for the Environment. With over 600 schools participating in SCORE programs, less than 15% reach St. Mark’s Silver Level SCORE Certification, thus this is a great honor for St. Mark’s and the Custodial Services Team.