Did you know that...
...GCDS has 1,068 solar panels on campus?
Country Day's 352 kW solar system is instrumental not only in reducing fossil fuel consumption—a key tenant of environmental stewardship—but also in providing faculty new ways to educate children about energy and sustainability.
As part of the solar installation, all GCDS students have access to real time data from the system. “There are countless ways this data could be used in the math and science curricula, as well as in other departments and for special projects,” notes Laura di Bonaventura, Director of Sustainability at GCDS.
Analyzing this information helps learn the differences between renewable and non-renewable energy sources; how orientation, pitch, and other factors drive productivity; and they can compare past practices to present and future options. “Over time, every GCDS graduate will be ‘energy literate,’ and you can bet that students are going to be asking us ‘what’s next?’”
...GCDS "uses" rain?
The large rain gardens on campus control erosion and act as natural storm drains, while the 18,000 gallon cistern under the scoreboard captures and uses runoff to irrigate the fields.
...GCDS is composting and growing local plants and foods?
The organic garden, science house garden, composting barrels, and herb garden by the Dining Hall are all designed to facilitate "learning by doing" and help children understand the positive, 'closed circle' of garden—to table—to compost—to garden.
...does not use harmful pesticides?
No pesticides are used on the sports fields, and organic fertilizer is used on the campus grounds. The type of biodegradable turf used on the Lower School playing area was carefully selected to make sure it does not heat up or harbor bacteria or contain the harmful materials found in some turf fields.
The Upper School, Performing Arts Center, and main faculty housing are LEED certified, and GCDS is committed to continuing this effort to build sustainably for all future campus construction.