Becoming an Eco-School in Vienna

For the 2019-2020 school year, Green Hedges School enters its second year participating in Eco-Schools, a National Wildlife Federation program that provides schools with tools to develop eco-friendly practices and an eco-friendly mindset within the school community.

This year, students will identify successes and opportunities for improvement in our Schoolyard Habitat, Consumption and Waste, and Energy Use. Based on their findings, they will create action plans to begin our community’s journey towards ever-increasing sustainability.

Our students are already hard at work making environmental changes on our campus. We are eliminating plastic utensils and providing reusable utensils in each classroom. We continue to expand our recycling program this year by including crayons and markers.

Grade 4 started our Eco Club and is currently working on an Eco Code to guide the School’s work and Grade 7 is conducting a biodiversity study of the campus. Grade 3 continues to be our campus leaders on recycling. Students in Grade 3 collect recycling from our classrooms each week and are our “experts” on the ground when anyone has a question about what can and cannot be recycled.

As the school year progresses, we will continue to create opportunities for everyone to get involved in our Eco-Schools movement.