Sustainability at Rowland Hall
Inspiring students who make a difference.
Fostering ethical development.
Creating a diverse and inclusive community.
Rowland Hall is dedicated to the promise of an environmentally responsible culture within our school and the larger community. We encourage all community members to engage in educational experiences that foster a deep understanding of our interdependent relationships with nature. As a result, we strive to identify, initiate, and implement projects and curriculum to increase environmental awareness and stewardship.
Utah Society for Environmental Education currently recognizes Rowland Hall as a platinum level member of Utah Green Schools. This initiative aims to promote sustainable practices in school facilities and curricula.
SUSTAINABILITY TIMELINE 2006-2015
Sustainability at School
Rowland Hall has a long history of sustainability and environmental education in the classroom. Rowland Hall is a charter member of the Green Schools Alliance, a national organization devoted to K-12 sustainability. Rowland Hall’s Go Green Days are a popular event once a month where students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get to school using alternative transportation.
In the curriculum, students in the Lower School explore and learn in the science garden. Middle School students gain valuable knowledge of Salt Lake City’s Air quality in our air pollution education unit. Upper School Environmental Science students lead the school through their Individual Service Learning Action Plan (iSLAP) projects. Rowland Hall’s Environs Club provides an opportunity for students to pursue their interests while supporting our sustainability efforts.
Sustainability by the Numbers
Rowland Hall is committed to advancing and evolving sustainability in our facility protocol and activities. Rowland Hall’s Sustainability Committee and Sustainability Coordinator collects resource consumption data throughout the year and synthesizes the information into our Annual Sustainability Report. A few examples of Rowland Hall’s sustainability initiatives at a facility level are: school-wide composting program utilizing our Earth Tub as well as Momentum Recycling services, school-wide recycling of paper, plastic, aluminum, batteries, glass bottles, and more, Steiner Community Garden behind the McCarthey Campus is home to 40 plots where gardeners from all over the valley grow delicious organic vegetables, and a 10.8 kW solar PV array on McCarthey’s roof.
Sustainability in the Community
Rowland Hall’s Sustainability Committee is open to students, faculty, staff and parents interested in furthering Rowland Hall’s commitment to sustainability. The committee endeavors to create a culture of conservation and sustainability through our curriculum, everyday practices and policies, and facility operations. If you are interested in joining the Sustainability Committee please email one of the committee’s co-chairs:
Sustainability Coordinator: Andrew Hagedorn, email@example.com
Environmental Science & Design: Ben Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org