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

Sustainability in Action

List of 5 items.

  • Energy

    Pacific Ridge strives for energy efficiency in the following ways:
    • Every building on campus is individually metered for electricity usage and linked to an energy management system and Energy Dashboard.
    • All major appliances purchases are Energy Star certified.
    • Incandescent lights bulbs across campus continue to be replaced with compact fluorescent bulbs, which use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent lights.
    • Electric and HVAC systems on campus are monitored and controlled via a web-based energy monitoring system that provides access to real time information.
    • A programmable building automation system operates and schedules air handlers and heating equipment in school buildings at night and during periods of no occupancy.
    • Alkaline AA and AAA batteries on campus have been swapped out for refillable SaveMe batteries.
    • Solar panels were installed on Mullady Hall in 2012 and continue to provide power to the San Diego power grid. 
  • Water

    Pacific Ridge works to reduce overall campus water consumption in the following ways:
    • All permanent buildings are equipped with low flow bathroom fixtures.
    • Drip irrigation and drought tolerant plants are used in landscaping to minimize water use.
    • In-line glass fillers and water coolers have replaced less sustainable water jugs.
    • Pacific Ridge campus events are bottled-water free.
  • Building Design

    Green design features on campus include:
    • LEED Gold certification for Mullady Hall and LEED compliance for the Middle School, Arts & Technology Center and Athletic Center
    • Passive cooling and ventilation systems
    • Natural lighting through larger windows, SolaTubes and light shelves
    • Local and/or recycled building materials where applicable
  • Waste and Recycling

    Pacific Ridge works to reduce its solid waste generation in the following ways:
    • On-campus recycling of paper/cardboard, plastics, aluminum and glass
    • Composting of food waste generated by faculty and students in the kitchen and at lunch
    • Use of reusable serveware rather than consumables during lunch
    • Use of compostable products at all on-campus events
    • Replacement of paper towels with electric hand dryers in campus bathrooms
    • Terra-cycling of items such as pens, chip bags and juice pouches
  • Organic Garden

    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.
     
    • Pacific Ridge received a Gold Award from the California Green Ribbon Schools initiative in 2015 and 2016.

      Pacific Ridge received a Gold Award from the California Green Ribbon Schools initiative in 2015 and 2016.

Sustainability in the Classroom

A growing number of Pacific Ridge courses address sustainability issues.

Some of these classes are:
  • BioChem 1:  Biology
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Ethical Thinking in Society, Policy and Law
  • Economics
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.