Tower students know the importance of caring for the environment. As a school, we model thoughtful decision-making about use (and re-use) of resources, and create an environment that encourages students' participation in– and leadership of sustainability efforts. Together, we're helping students gain skills they'll need to create a sustainable, environmentally healthy future.
Our Sustainability page is a work-in-progress. Please check back soon for updates.
Carbon Offsetting through a Costa Rican Rainforest.
The Hintlian family generously donated 7 hectares of newly-planted Costa Rican rainforest to Tower through the organization, Reforest The Tropics (RTT). The forest is planted on the site of an old sugar cane field and is now home to native hardwoods and various shade-tolerant species. As the trees mature, they will help to offset Tower School’s carbon production.
The growth of this carbon-capturing forest presents unique opportunities for learning through science, math, social studies, and Spanish. Student work could include tracking forest growth, Skyping in Spanish with farmers, and learning how carbon offsetting can be a valuable tool in reducing our collective environmental impact.
We're grateful for this unique and forward-thinking gift to Tower.
Student and Faculty Environmental Committee
Our Environmental Committee identifies ways through which our community can use fewer resources and reduce the amount of trash we generate by improving our recycling and composting.
The results of our student environmentalists' work:
Installed a filtered water bottle refill station, and experienced a dramatic reduction of recyclable plastic bottle use.
Increased Paper Recycling through awareness campaigns and well-placed recycling stations.
Composted fruit peels, cores, and vegetables from our morning snack service creates nutrient-dense soil for our gardens.
Increased awareness of ways to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Students are encouraged to ride their bikes to school or share a car ride.
Rooftop Solar Array
Our solar panels, installed in 2012, are the result of a collaborative gift from a Tower family.
Students learn about clean energy sources in science class, and as part of that discussion, they study Tower's solar panel technology. Students monitor the impact of variables, such as daylight hours and weather, on energy production.
Demonstrating the active use of renewable energy in schools sets a wonderful example for the community as well as for students.
- Susan Livingston, Tower parent and Board Member.
Clean energy generated during the 2016-17 school year:
Morning Snack at Tower
We provide a nutritious morning snack to students and teachers. Snack varies each day, but includes: apples, oranges, yogurt and granola, corn chips and salsa, carrots and dip, organic cheese and crackers, Cheerios, organic popcorn, Pirates' Booty and bananas.
Morning snack is non-GMO, low in processed ingredients and does not contain high fructose corn syrup or growth hormones. Produce and dairy products are organic. Snack is served in recyclable paper cups to avoid BPA, PVC and polystyrene.
Organically Maintained Campus
Tower's natural grass athletic fields, outdoor play spaces and green spaces are organically maintained.
We use non-toxic cleaning supplies for cleaning Tower's rugs, floors, windows, walls, kitchen, bathrooms and classrooms.
Small Changes, Big Impact
In our classrooms and offices, we use paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to have been sourced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
Our Admission Office's events often include refreshments. At the suggestion of one of our students, we've switched from plastic to paper plates.
We're in compliance with the state's anti-idling laws. Parents are asked to turn their engines off when waiting to pick up their children each afternoon.
As updates are made to our campus, we're making choices that conserve heat, electricity and raw materials.