可持续性

On campus, in the curriculum and in the community, 皇冠即时比分 is committed to becoming a more sustainable school and to teaching students to become good stewards of our environment.

在校园

ssa农场

成立于2012年, ssa农场 is an Academy-wide sustainability initiative that provides hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for students and allows them to see their food go from seed to plate. More than 600 pounds of organic produce is harvested annually from the farm plots on all four campuses and used in our dining halls or sold at the weekly Fox Chapel 农贸市场 we host on our 高中 campus from June through October.

食品服务

ssa农场-fresh strawberries on the salad barOur food service partner, Metz Culinary Management, is dedicated to using fresh, nutritious, locally sourced foods, including produce from the ssa农场 and meat and dairy products from the pa首选 program. We work to reduce waste through a comprehensive recycling and composting program, teaching students to use color-coded bins for recycling, compost and landfill. While strategic menu planning helps to minimize food waste, our partnership with 412食品救援 ensures that any excess food helps to fight hunger in our community. We also have reduced plastic bottle usage by encouraging the use of reusable water bottles and the installation of water refilling stations on each campus. In 2019, the SSA 初中 cafeteria earned the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Gold designation.

Facilities & Grounds

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节能升级
Over the past decade, a major effort has been underway to make Shady Side's beautiful and historic buildings more energy-efficient. Leaky old windows and doors have been replaced, motion-sensitive LED lighting and water-saving plumbing have been installed, and HVAC systems have been upgraded to more energy-efficient models. These upgrades not only reduce the Academy's carbon footprint, but also result in significant energy cost savings.

在课程中

可持续性 is fully integrated into the PK-12 curriculum, from the interdisciplinary ssa农场 curriculum to environmental science classes, clubs, projects and more.

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  • PK students plant kale seedlings at the 高中 Farm.PK students learn about plant life cycles by growing kale from seed in the classroom. In the spring, they visit the 高中 farm to transplant seedlings and make kale smoothies.
  • In science, students learn about animal life cycles by hatching chickens in the classroom.
  • All students have the opportunity to tend the U-shaped garden bed, which is filled with aromatic herbs and cherry tomatoes.

初中

  • PK students harvest and incorporate fresh food from the garden into weekly cooking lessons with the ssa农场 director, and learn about plant life cycles by growing kale from seed. In the spring, they visit the 高中 farm to transplant seedlings and make kale smoothies.
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  • All students have the opportunity to help tend the five raised garden beds and to care for our schoolyard egg-laying hens.

初中

  • Sixth grade creek water testingSixth graders explore the environmental impacts of gas drilling and windmills in the interdisciplinary Energy Quest project and do water quality testing on campus streams with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
  • Seventh graders study the role pollinators play in our food system by tending to our pollinator garden and planting native plants that attract butterflies.
  • In the eighth grade Environmental Science course, student learn about human interaction with the environment, the biosphere, ecosystems, pollution and energy usage.
  • 学生们 can help to tend the campus garden by joining the fall Harvest Committee or choosing Farm as their spring athletics option. They also may join the Chicken Committee to care for our schoolyard egg-laying hens.
  • Each year on Global Action Day, the entire school devotes a full day to hands-on learning around global sustainability topics, including water scarcity, air quality and food insecurity.
  • A student Recycling Club leads recycling efforts on campus.

高中

  • An interdisciplinary Environmental Science course examines the earth as a single interconnected system, human impacts on natural systems, the cultural and social implications of environmental problems, industrial agriculture and more sustainable alternatives, and food insecurity and nutrition assistance programs.
  • In the sophomore health class nutrition unit, students learn about nutrient density and where their food comes from.
  • 学生们 may choose PE Farm as their fall or spring athletics option to spend afternoons working on the campus farm, planting, weeding, watering, maintaining and harvesting produce.
  • In the summer, students can apply to work as ssa农场 interns or student managers of the Fox Chapel 农贸市场.
  • The student-led Environmental Club leads a variety of sustainable activities and initiatives on campus, including recycling initiatives and education, the annual Green Cup Challenge to reduce energy usage on campus, and more.

 

在社区

Green & Healthy 皇冠比分 Academy

Green & Healthy 皇冠比分 Academy logoSSA administrators and faculty have participated in the School 可持续性 Culture Program of the Green Building Alliance's Green & Healthy 皇冠比分 Academy, a two-year, hands-on, immersive learning community that assists schools with the integration of sustainability into their buildings, curriculum and culture. Through the program, a new vision for sustainability at SSA was crafted with the following goals:

  • Conceptualize and implement a campus landscape restoration project that represents native ecological systems of the Pittsburgh region and our commitment to sustainability.
  • Continue sustainability-focused improvement projects on our existing and new buildings, and connecting green spaces.
  • Develop strong programmatic curricular connections to our campus restoration and building renovation projects.
  • Establish a cohesive awareness and language about our school sustainability.

健康皇冠比分 Recognition Program

健康皇冠比分 logo皇冠即时比分 has twice been a recipient of the 健康皇冠比分 Recognition Award for our commitment to yearlong maintenance and improvement plans at each of our campuses. Each year, the 高中 Environmental Club works with our Facilities Department and the ssa农场 director to complete a checklist of practices and goals to decrease our ecological footprint.

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Partnership

Western PA Conservancy logo皇冠即时比分 has collaborated with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) to improve the ecology of our campuses. In this process, the WPC developed two major assessment reports that outline our tree species diversity and our ecosystem and native plant diversity. WPC also provided educational support to our 高中 Environmental Club and the natural science courses at each campus.