Fernbank has rolled out a NO STYROFOAM and
NO SINGLE USE PLASTIC policy this year.

Please do not send in styrofoam to the school.
Please do not purchase single use plastic cutlery, cups, plates or straws.

SUSTAINABILITY AT FERNBANK

MISSION: Contribute to and support Fernbank in becoming an ENVIRONMENTALLY MINDFUL, RESOURCE RESPONSIBLE, and SUSTAINABILITY INTEGRATED school and community.

Fernbank Sustainability is a parent led initiative, collaborating with the county, students, teachers, custodial and administrative staff,  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?

Make sure that your event meets 
the sustainability standards at Fernbank.

Email : gogreenfernbank@gmail.com

to help you green your event.
From supply resources, engaging your class or committee,  to setting up waste sorting, we are here to help you!

Please review our sustainability protocol for events at Fernbank

Please review our sustainable classroom kit info

TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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

WATCH OUR VIDEO TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHY WE ARE COMPOSTING AND SORTING OUR WASTE 

WHY ARE WE COMPOSTING?

• TO REDUCE the amount of waste we send to landfills.
• TO REDUCE the amount of methane released into the air.
• TO RECYCLE OUR FOOD WASTE by Turning  it into nutrient rich, soil for gardens.
• TO MAKE  a change to our habits for our children and our future

Food scraps are used to make rich compost and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. 

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

NO STYROFOAM

STYROFOAM LEACHES INTO FOOD AND DRINK.
Especially when paired with liquid and heat, a Styrofoam container’s toxins (like benzene and styrene) seep into the contents. But even with cold or dry food, contact with Styrofoam is unhealthy. A huge portion of our food contains styrene contamination.

 

STYROFOAM IS A ‘KNOWN HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE.’ Like all plastics, Styrofoam is a petrochemical; it comes from petroleum, which is known to cause developmental, hematological, renal, and immunological disorders. It  is made of puffed #6 plastic: “polystyrene” (PS), made ‘of many styrenes’. Styrene is classified a known hazardous substance and has many ties to cancer

 

STYROFOAM IS TOXIC JUST TO MAKE IT.
Styrofoam's industry ranks the 5th largest creator of toxic wastes in the USA. That includes liquid and solid wastes. Gross.

In the U.S. alone, the amount of polystyrene cups used each year would circle the Earth 426 times… that's almost 18 million miles of Styrofoam cups!

 

CONSIDER THE TIME, ENERGY & RESOURCES USED TO MAKE A PLASTIC FORK

SINGLE USE PLASTICS MAKE UP HALF OF ALL PLASTIC THAT IS PRODUCED

PLASTIC CUTLERY CANNOT BE RECYCLED

IT ENDS UP IN A LANDFILL OR IN OUR OCEANS

RE-USE

RE-USING as much as we can reduces landfill waste, pollution and saves money.

2019-2020 goals

school community

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)

wellness

Educate and provide students with the tools they need to make healthy food and lifestyle choices 

garden

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

cafeteria

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.

FERNBANK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

157 HEATON PARK DRIVE ATLANTA, GA 30307
678-874-9300 (INFO)
678-874-9302 (OFFICE)
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