SUSTAINABILITY AT FERNBANK
Contribute to and support Fernbank in becoming an ENVIRONMENTALLY MINDFUL, RESOURCE RESPONSIBLE, and SUSTAINABILITY INTEGRATED school and community.
We have initiated sustainability programs collaborating with the county, students, teachers, custodial and administrative staff and parents and community partners.
We encourage Fernbank to create environmentally sustainable practices and habits and to be mindful of the environment, at school, in our community and the world.
Through practice, education, and example, we want to encourage and guide our students in becoming more environmentally conscious and to be sustainability leaders of our future.
MAKE IT GREEN
Having a class party?
Organizing a school event?
We can help you make your event meet the sustainability standards at Fernbank.
Email us : email@example.com
From supply resources, engaging your class or committee, to setting up waste sorting, we are here to help you!
TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Please review our sustainability protocol for events at Fernbank
Please review our sustainable classroom kit info
1ST PUBLIC SCHOOL IN GEORGIA TO PILOT COMPOSTING AS PART OF A WELLNESS PROGRAM
1ST PUBLIC SCHOOL IN GEORGIA TO PILOT COMPOSTABLE TRAYS, REUSABLE SILVERWARE AND REUSABLE TRAYS
PESTICIDE FREE GROUNDS
ELIMINATED SINGLE-USE PLASTICS + STYROFOAM FROM OUR CAFETERIA!
2 WATER REFILL STATIONS
DIVERTED 30,000 LBS OF WASTE FROM LANDFILL BY COMPOSTING
INSPIRED OTHER SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS
DEKALB COUNTY SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR 2019
We encourage room parents to help build a sustainable kit for their childs class - reusable cutlery, cups, napkins, bowls, plates - these items can be donated by parents or bought with contributions by parents
To be a model school in the district as the healthiest with the most wellness and sustainably minded culture, with the least waste in the district (**AMBITOUS GOAL)
Be responsible and resourceful in planning school events and class parties - Use REUSABLES in place of SINGLE USE PLASTICS( like cutlery, cups, plates, plastic water bottles )
Access to reusable supplies and compostables for events
Provide resources to find reused or repurposed materials for classroom activities wherever possible ( examples: reusable cutlery for events, reclaimed school supplies from our end of year school supply collection - crayons, composition books etc)
Educate and provide students with the tools they need to make healthy food and lifestyle choices
Expand garden to impact K-5 - incorporate garden into every grade curriculum
More food tastings featuring garden produce
Expand garden to feature a small greenhouse
Move to bulk milk service to recude milk waste, landfill waste (cartons)
Cooking from scratch and using more plants + vegetables from our garden in cafeteria recipes
Secure dishwasher and reusable trays to more significantly reduce waste
Replace GRABnGO containers with compostables
Our go green club works together to inspire and encourage each other and our community to be more conscious of our impact on our environment.
We have worked on bringing recycling to our school, raising awareness of the food and landfill waste we produce everyday in the cafeteria, learning about small and big actions we can do everyday to reduce our environmental footprint, and worked together on projects using recycled materials. Parents & staff please collaborate and participate!!!!!!!!!
The fernbank school garden is a collaboration between parents and our science teacher.
In the last year, the garden has grown;
We have a seed library and host garden work days each month.
Produce from our raised beds has been part of smoothie days and as gifts to visitors.
Cilantro in the spring was used for salsa in the cafeteria and herbs were used in pasta sauce for lunch.
We also planted 7 new blueberry bushes!
Our goal is to expand our garden and outdoor programming to be incorporated into all grade’s curriculums.
Our Go Green Club posts about projects we have done and articles that are interesting for kids and parents about our environment
See the poster presentation about our Sustainable Cafeteria Initiative at Fernbank at the Break the Cycle Conference at Emory University.
AT the conference, students and faculty from a variety of colleges and universities participate in developing projects that will Break the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities to promote health equity for all children.
We made a video for our school about our new cafeteria waste sorting.