Green Policies
School Life

Our Green Policies and Initiatives

“...the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”
― Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Chapin's efforts to promote sustainability in all areas have resulted in many improvements in recent years.


This year, we will be challenging our students to reduce their waste as much as possible by bringing their snacks, drinks and lunch foods to school in reusable containers.  Click on the links below to see some of the containers our students have been bringing to school, and a website that gives lots of great information about going waste-free.
Click here to read Chapin's new policy for sustainable practices at school events.   


  • Single-stream recycling in dining areas, classrooms, faculty rooms, administrative offices and common areas
  • Composting in classrooms, dining areas and faculty rooms
  • Use of electronic communications to reduce the use of paper
  • Replacement of disposable lunch ware with reusable plates and utensils
  • Encouraging the use of reusable containers and stainless steel or BPA-free water/beverage bottles for student snacks and lunches
  • Retrofitting existing water fountains to include "hydration stations"


  • Focus on improving energy efficiency and sustainable design, thereby reducing  our energy usage by up to 300% in some areas 
  • Installation in the Upper School of new double pane Low- E windows manufactured with wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council  
  • Improved performance wall and roof insulation and installation of new building wrap 
  • Fiber cement siding with a high recycled content
  • 25% percent solar reflectiveness on new roof to to reflect the sun's rays and reduce solar heat gain
  • Use of porous pavement on all new sidewalks.
  • Separation and recycling of demolition and scrap materials from construction debris during campus renovations, resulting in reduction of our landfill burden


  • Only "Green Seal" or like cleaning products are used by our custodial service, and the use of antibacterial soaps in school has been eliminated.
  • Please reduce the amount of pollution your children inhale- DO NOT IDLE while you wait for your child.  If you are waiting more than 30 seconds, turning off your car is best for your wallet, the environment and your child's health.
  • Use of sustainable practices in our cafeteria and kitchen, including cooking with organic vegetables from our garden, composting all organic waste, recycling, and local sourcing of seasonal produce as much as practicable.   Read more about the garden
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