At Havergal, we strive to raise awareness about the significance of sustainability. This includes changing the way we think and operate in terms of the environment. Our focus is to continue to increase our knowledge and to develop actions for sustainability, particularly in the areas of energy, waste and water. Through creating awareness of the issues, and specific actions to address them, community members are encouraged to develop a greater appreciation of our natural world and to learn how to preserve it. Here are a few examples that support our approach to sustainable practices at Havergal:
- Solar panel array: As a way to produce an alternative source of energy for the school, solar panels were installed on the roof above the Legacy Theatre.
- Energy-efficient lighting: An LED Lighting retrofit was completed throughout the Upper School and Athletic Centre. This initiative will reduce the school’s energy consumption by 435,000 kW/h yearly.
- Anti-idling campaign: In accordance with the City of Toronto’s idling control by-law 775-2010, we remind drivers not to idle their cars by posting no-idling signs in pick-up and drop-off areas.
- Year-round “Earth hour”: Every day from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, the Junior School turns off its lights (where possible) to save energy and increase awareness about energy consumption. In the Upper School, we take advantage of the natural lighting in our classrooms (where possible).
- Bicycles at Havergal: To support the many cyclists of the community, bike racks are available to promote and encourage bicycling.
- Waste Diversion: Havergal has been increasing the amount of waste diverted from landfills over the past several years. In the 2012-13 school year, 54% (72 tonnes) of waste was diverted, which increased to 70% (101 tonnes) in 2016-17. View the infographic.
- Composting: In the spring of 2012, Grade 12 student Samantha Bennett rallied to implement a composting program at Havergal. Since then, the composting program has diverted tons of waste from landfills.
- Recycling: In addition to blue box recycling, we encourage students to repurpose and reuse materials for art and other projects. Junior School Havergreen Girls implemented a Good On One Side (GOOS) scrap paper notebooks awareness campaign.
- Paper: We have reduced printing at the school significantly with software that tallies our printing costs, reminding us to be more selective about printing documents.
- Reduction of carbon footprint: For the past few years, we have moved to electronic progress reports and other forms of electronic communications. These initiatives have reduced the environmental impacts of printing and distribution.
- Battery Collection: Each year, we deliver enough batteries to the city’s toxic waste stations to fill a 20-gallon barrel, diverting 20 gallons of toxic waste from landfills. These batteries come from the homes of faculty, staff and students.
- No drips: Touchless taps are available in Upper School student washrooms so that faucets turn off automatically.
- Junior School Water Challenge: Junior School students learned about water usage and how our choices impact our fresh water supply. Students designed special shower rings to remind us to take shorter showers.
- Water Bottles: To encourage people to bring in their own refillable bottles to school, water filtration taps are located in offices and dining rooms and water bottle filling stations can be found throughout both the Junior and Upper Schools. The stations have a ticker that tracks how many bottles of water have been filled. Since installing the stations, Havergal has diverted over 142,000 plastic bottles from the landfill!