Commitment to environmental stewardship requires an ongoing, evolving process – one that challenges us to find new ways to cooperate in setting measurable and achievable goals, assigning responsibilities, and evaluating progress.
Pacific Ridge seeks to foster a culture of environmental awareness on and off campus. In practice, this means respecting the environment, reducing consumption, and recycling to ensure resources are preserved and sustained for the future.
In its school operations, Pacific Ridge strives to:
Conserve and protect natural resources and support their sustainable use
Reduce the use of energy, water, and consumable goods
Purchase renewable, reusable, recyclable, and recycled materials
Eliminate or reduce the use of toxic substances and the generation of wastes, and promote strategies to reuse and recycle those wastes that cannot be avoided
Conduct affairs in ways that safeguard the environmental health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the communities those actions affect
Conduct teaching, research, and service in a responsible way that deepens an understanding of the environment
Provide a forum for the academic community to discuss and study environmental issues in relationship to other social issues
The Pacific Ridge Garden allows students to explore where food comes from and organic methods of growing food. The garden is tended during the school year by students in the AP Environmental Science class and Garden Club. Frequent “Farmers Markets” are held on campus as a way to share the produce with the larger community.
A growing number of Pacific Ridge courses address sustainability issues.
Some of these classes are:
BioChem 1: Biology
AP Environmental Science
Ethical Thinking in Society, Policy and Law
In addition to the focus on sustainability in the classroom, several service learning groups and global travel experiences incorporate the concept of sustainability, whether it be environmental, economic or social.