Green Saints Winter Bulletin

A seasonal newsletter on environmental stewardship

Saints Conserve Electricity - More Effort Still Needed

Most campus buildings demonstrated a reduction in electricity consumption following the lighting retrofit to T8 fluorescent lights across campus. Please see graph below showing the 17% reduction at the Middle School in January 2016 compared to January 2015.

Please remember to lower room thermostats to 64 degrees (or turn to a low setting) on weekends and holidays, and lower blinds. Please do not turn off any units. SSSAS has reduced electricity use by 23% since 2007, and we want to continue this downward trend to continue our carbon emissions reduction efforts. Every act makes a difference.

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Cardboard Needed: Breakdown Required

Our recycling service has asked us to separate cardboard from the other recyclable materials. Please flatten cardboard boxes and leave adjacent to the recycling containers in the hallways, as this makes for easier transport for housekeeping. Cardboard is currently in high demand, it pays back in dollars, and it is readily renewable!

Students for Sustainability Conference resurfaces on April 18 at Upper School

The snowed out Students for Sustainability Conference has been moved to Monday, April 18, 2016. We are excited to host keynote speaker Dr. Mamie Parker, the a capella group The Chromatics, as well as 11 activity stations led by local experts, including alumni Chris Newman, class of 2000, and Kendall Swenson, class of 2015.


Interfaith Power & Light offers this Creation Care calendar to be more mindful of our relationship with the Earth and its people during Lent. The calendar offers Earth-friendly actions for households. Open here to print a copy, or follow online.

Composting Pilot Begins at Middle School - Worms Rejoice!

We will pilot a compost program at the Middle School campus in April and May. The program hopes to capture at least 35% of the solid waste on campus, primarily from the kitchen and dining hall. This trial program will determine if SSSAS is ready for school-wide composting. Students and employees at the MS will be prepped for this adventure.

Cultural Landscapes Surround our Campuses

Did you know that the remains of a Civil War Fort are evident on the edge of the Upper School softball field? The raised mounds east of third base were part of Fort Worth, one of the 68 Defenses of Washington built in a circumference around Washington, D.C. to defend it from Confederate advances. The forts were dismantled in 1865, yet the earthworks remain in evidence, particularly in the winter months when landforms are more apparent.

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Lower School Plants Map

Lower School’s major trees and shrubs are catalogued in this database and tagged with identification labels and QR codes. Did you know that we have a State Champion Red Oak on school grounds, and a City Champion, as well? Learn more here!

Capital Bikeshare Unlikely to Benefit SSSAS

Thanks to all SSSAS employees who completed the Capital Bikeshare Survey. The survey results demonstrated the unlikely use of the Capital Bikeshare program for commuting to SSSAS. We will continue to evaluate this in the future. Bike racks are located on all campuses, and student bike ridership has doubled at the Lower School this school year. Capital Bikeshare has plans for more stations throughout the City in 2016.

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The Blizzard transformed Timber Branch, (above) the Lower School's watershed, into a white wash of water and ice. All the stormwater from the Lower School campus runs to this picturesque stream that flows to Hooff's Run in Old Town, and on to the Potomac.