Stewardship of the environment is essential tenet of our Quaker beliefs. Germantown Friends School is a member of the Friends Environmental Education Network (FEEN) whose goal is to promote both education and action within our schools around the issues of environmental stewardship and sustainability. With the help of some of our science faculty and the faculty members of the Stewardship Commitee, GFS is committed to working toward these goals.
Over the course of the past years, many steps have been taken by the GFS in partnership with the local community to incorporate sustainability into our educational program. It is with great humility that the community hopes to build on these first important steps and continue in our efforts towards environmental sustainability. Please feel free to contact us with ideas or opportunities to further this goal.
The Wade Science Center is a LEED-certified sustainable urban center for science instruction.
This building dashboard shows real-time tracking of the building's green features, including stormwater management, solar energy, and water use.
For many years, the GFS community has recycled paper, cardboard, aluminum and plastics with ample containers distributed around campus and in classrooms.
The GFS Lower School collected granola bar wrappers and sending them to a company called TerraCycle. This company "upcycles" the old wrappers into items such as pencil pouches. For each wrapper, GFS received 2 cents. Eventually, the money will be put toward the purchase of new outdoor recycling receptacles to be positioned next to each outdoor trashcan.
The Upper School EAC has been working hard over the past several years to increase environmental awareness at GFS. Here are some of the events they have organized and held:
- Partial screenings of the films Kilowatt Ours and Food Inc, to increase awareness of the environmental issues involved in generating electricity and producing food.
- Sales of healthy banana whips, and CFL light bulbs at the annual Fun Day.
- Saturday mornings volunteering for trail maintenance and clean-up in the Wissahickon.
- Running awareness campaigns about what is recyclable and what is not.
- Creating a push for large scale composting at GFS and an awareness campaign
- Creating "Bike and Car Pool to School" weeks
- Initiating a "These Came From Trees" sticker campaign on paper towel dispensers, toilet paper dispensers, and printers to help raise additional awareness.
Food Change and Sustainable Practices in the GFS Kitchen
Did You Know?
- We are celebrating the success of CulinArt’s purchasing produce from the Common Market, Philadelphia: a farm to school initiative of the Food Trust.
- Daily vegetarian meal option
- Whole wheat pasta/brown rice option
- Recycle oil from fryer into Paulmier car
- Eliminated Styrofoam
- Peanut butter and jelly served on wheat bread
- Organic yogurt
- Composting food waste and paper products
- Recycling cardboard, glass, and plastic
- Use "green" soap in the new dish machine
- Reduced the number of weekly grocery deliveries from 3 to 2 on most weeks and have requested a no idling policy
- Switched to bulk condiments to help eliminate waste
- Purchase only hormone-free milk
- Paper napkins in the dining room are 100% post-consumer recycled paper
- Students plant and maintain an herb garden on site
- Sushi once a week